Thanlyin is an active, amiable town with a lovely market to stroll through on one of the many sunny days that it offers. The city is the major port city in Myanmar. If visiting the country, then Thanlyin is a great place just to get away from it all but still get that nice city feel and relax.
It houses the biggest port in the country just over Bago river via the longest bridge in the country. Also, over the Bago river there are some important pagodas. These include Kyaik Hmaw Wun Pagoda and Kyiak Khauk Paya. There are also many old colonial buildings with some beautiful architecture which date back to the time where the city was under British colony.
The Kyiak Khuak Paya is a beautiful pagoda similar in style to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. It is open to many visitors that pass through its doors every year and has been built for more than 2,000 years ago, however it has been renovated and rebuilt over time. If visiting remember to take off your socks and shoes upon entering the temple.
The Kyaik Hmaw Wun Pagoda is a more of an unusual pagoda as it is situated on an island in the river about 15 km south of Thanlyin. It was also built around 2,000 years ago, in which it was much smaller than today and the outstanding gold Buddha statue within the complex is something not to miss. Entrance to the Pagoda is a small fee of $2, with many catfish swimming around the island waiting for food. You can get to Thanlyin from a major city such as Yangon via a taxi which will cost around $5 for a one-way trip. The city is definitely worth a visit on your trip to Myanmar as you will not forget your fantastic experience soon after.
You can visit there from Yangon as a day trip.