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Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery
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Owner description: Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery was created by the Army Graves Service who transferred to it all graves along the northern section of the railway, between Moulmein and Nieke. There are now 3,149 Commonwealth and 621 Dutch burials of the Second World war in the cemetery.
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We visited here in June 2014 to find my husband's Uncle's gravesite and found it with the help of the friendly and helpful caretaker who took us straight to the site. We did our research online beforehand to get the correct details.

The cemetery is well maintained and a very peaceful place. There are war graves of many Australians, English, a few Indians, and quite a few Dutch POW's.

We stayed at Family World Motel, which is down the road directly opposite the cemetery, about a 1km walk. This is cabin-style single floor accommodation, and they are registered to take foreign tourists. The room is very basic and clean to local standards, it does have a fridge and TV and they do meals in the restaurant, breakfast is included in the price. The menu was in English. You can get an air conditioned room for 35000K (approx $35USD) or you can get a room with a fan only for 15000K. We took the room with the air-con, but in hindsight should have taken the other as the generator that needs to power the air-con, goes off in the middle of the night anyway.

Staff had very limited English but we got by fine and they were friendly and happy to have us stay there.

Motorbike taxi's are freely available to take you to and from the bus station.

7  Thank Tanya H
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Went here on a motorbike from Mawlamyine - 2 hours each way, a long and bumpy ride, but worth it. Touching to see all the tombstones, particulary the ones who are "only known by God". Worth a visit.

7  Thank NinaIH
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Made the trip to this hallowed ground in May. I was part of a Rotary delegation that was accompanied by the Australian Defence Attache, Captain Jonathan Dudley CSC* [Conspicuous Service Cross] RAN from the Australian Embassy in Yangon. Our group of 17 people including Rotarians, Family and Friends from Essendon, Victoria, Australia, made the trip just prior to ANZAC Day in this the 99th year of the establishment of the ANZAC tradition. Upon arriving we conducted a service commemorating these young fallen diggers which number well over 1000. Many of the fallen were aged in the early 20's. What a waste of young men! We laid wreaths and flowers on the graves of 20 of the fallen as a token of respect and then spent some time wondering among the various sections and neatly cut lawns. It was so hot, 40 degrees, and yet, we all felt the need to stay and linger a little and reflect on what these people must have endured all those years ago. RIP

7  Thank Simonsays3042
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Organised a taxi from Mawlamyine to the Memorial and cemetery (in different parts of Thanbyuzayat). The cemetery is a stark reminder of the futility of war and the needless suffering of Burmese, Thai and allied troops. The words on each grave stone are powerful and worth reading as many in the time you have there. The memorial (and bizarrely a 1900 British train that doesn't relate to the railroad) was run down and vandalised. However, this adds to an eerie feeling at the site. It's a reminder of the need to remember and forced me to ask more questions, and my six year old son to ask me more questions. The train was being painted while we were there and that seemed strange. Keeping the train pristine but the memorial not. Just added to the experience.

3  Thank Neekcal
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

This may not be everyone's idea of how to spend their Christmas Day, but I was determined to visit this CWGC and pay my respects to my fellow countryman resting in peace in a far away land.
An oasis of tranquility and beauty. Palms and Frangipani create shadows to seek shade and contemplate the suffering these poor fellows endured.
The cemetery is only a short distance from the centre of town and worth the long journey. Combine the visit by visiting the old Japanese rail locomotive and start place of the Burma end of the Burma-Thai railway.
Bless them all. Burma will always be a kart of British history. Thank you to the local gardeners who keep it looking so respectful.

6  Thank Hank05
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