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Ile de Bilu

Practical information on Ile de Bilu

  • Encounters with locals
  • Island
  • Countryside
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
45 minutes by boat from Mawlamyine
When to go
From October to May
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Ile de Bilu

Aurélie Chartier Seasoned Traveller
34 written opinions

The island of Bilu Kyun lies opposite Mawlamyine, in the south of Burma. Its names translates as 'Ogre Island.'

My suggestion:
Hire a bicycle and go to the main landing stage to catch the boat. You'll only be asked for your passport number (required for tourist monitoring purposes). You'll then be free to spend the day exploring the island at your leisure.
My review

I spent a magical day on Bilu Kyun island. We set off to explore the island's surroundings by bicycle without a map. We encountered nothing but smiling faces. Children gave us tours of their villages, offered us water and were happy to let us take photos with them. 

Bilu Kyun island is the kind of traditionally authentic place you can discover by getting away from the beaten path when travelling in Burma. You encounter very few Westerners on the island, and tourists are not permitted to sleep over there. Nobody (or almost nobody) speaks English and you have to gesture to make yourself understood. This makes visiting the island an even more unusual experience. As you've no doubt realised, Bilu Kyun island is a real favorite of mine, and the visit there led me to fall for the charm of the Burmese people.

Climb onto your bicycle and wander off to explore this little island's few roads.