The first settlers were an old couple from a nearby village called Panga. Since that time on, many more people came and settled around the pavillion. The small village quickly became a town.
During World War II, Thanbyuzayat was the western terminus of the Thailand–Burma Railway, linking up with the pre-war coastal railway between Ye and Yangon. So this village is known around the world as the starting point in Myanmar (Burma) of the infamous Death Railway.
It also is well know in Myanmar for Kyaikkhamee Pagoda, Setse Beach, Wagaru old town, War Cemetery and Waekali Natural Hot Spring.
By bushas been constructed recently, as of 2017.
By trainis close to the WW2 cemetery.
The Death Railway MuseumOpened in 2016. Gives an insight to the history of the Burma-Siam railway.
Thanbyuzayat War CemeteryThere are 3.617 former Prisoners Of War buried there, who worked on the Siam-Burma railway.
Yayzo Mohinga (fresh hand made) is famous local food. It is available early in the evening from local vendors.
Thar Lay Mon Food, located in downtown, is the best place to try Mon traditional food.
Other local snacks may only be available in early morning.
Holiday Villa Motelphone: +95 9 45589 9835Opened in 2018. Modern rooms. Staff does not speak English. Cheaper to walk in than to book online. Wifi weak.
Ngwesinkyal Guest HouseBasic rooms with shower and air conditioning. Creator of this entry - a foreign tourist - was able to stay here in December 2016.
Sa Bal Phyu Guest Housephone: +95 9 45456 0197Sa Bal Phyu means White Jasmine.
Swethahar Guesthousephone: +95 57 79 673Guesthouse in the heart of town. The creator of this entry - a foreign tourist - was not able to stay here in December 2016. Not sure whether because the place was fully booked or they don't take foreigners.
Train GuesthouseOpened in 2017. Location might not be correct. Please check.
Family Worldphone: +95 9 498 20399Closed down according to Google. To be checked.