Erstwhile colonial capital and home of Kipling's fabled “Old Moulmein Pagoda”, Mawlamyine is now the fourth-largest city in Myanmar and capital of Mon State – yet still manages to look and feel like little more than a sleepy port town.
“Looking out over the town to the river beyond from the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, it's easy to imagine "Old Moulmein" in the days of empire”
Tom Weston, Sales Director
Despite his celebrated connection with Myanmar, Kipling only spent a few brief days in the country on his way home from a posting in India. One of his two stops in 1889 was at the former British colonial capital of Moulmein, a strategic port town in southeastern Myanmar now known as Mawlamyine.
This visit, though fleeting, was to give inspiration to Kipling's most popular and recognised writing on Myanamr: the poem Mandalay. The poem opens at "Old Moulmein Pagoda", and describes a British ex-soldier's nostalgia for the exoticism of the country - in particular a Burmese girl he remembers fondly.
Modern Mawlamyine is perhaps more of a backwater than in Kipling's day, but the city still holds a faded colonial charm, enhanced by its picturesque riverside setting and the lush, wooded hills topped with golden stupas that surround the town. Few visitors make it this far south, so as you climb the steps to the great Kyaikthanlan Pagoda overlooking the town, it is easy to imagine yourself an explorer in an earlier era.
Weather in Mawlamyine
The Climate Guide for Mawlamyine is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
|Max Daytime Temperature (°C)||31||32||34||34||31||29||28||28||29||31||31||31|
|Min Night-time Temperature (°C)||18||19||21||24||24||23||23||23||23||23||21||18|
|Hours of Sunshine (Daily)||9||10||10||9||7||5||5||4||5||6||8||9|
|Hours of Daylight (Daily)||11||12||12||12||13||13||13||13||12||12||11||11|
|Heat and Humidity Discomfort||High||High||Very High||Very High||Very High||High||High||High||High||Very High||High||High|
|Days with some Rainfall||1||1||1||4||17||28||29||29||23||14||4||1|
|Monthly Rainfall (mm)||4||5||8||44||393||846||903||1063||551||206||36||7|
|UV Index (Maximum)||9||11||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11||9||8|
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