I have recently found out that my grandfather is buried in Thanbyuzayat Cemetery (he was a POW in WW2). I am looking into planning a trip there with my mum (his daughter, who is in her early 70s). After reading a few reports etc about the conditions of roads and trains. I am wondering how would be best to get there? I am thinking along the lines of hiring a driver/guide from Yangon and staying in Mawlamyine (Moumein - are they the same place?)a couple of nights, is that the closest place to stay for the cemetery?
We would also spend a few nights in Yangoon to do some sight seeing.
With my mum's age, and she doesn't like the heat very much, we would need a/c in cars and hotels.
We are thinking of travelling in Feb 2013, hoping for cooler that time of year.
This is all in the early planning stage so any help and advice would be most welcome.