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Kawthaung

Kawthaung (Victoria Point) has been best known by tourists as a place to visit from Thailand to extend their visas. It is becoming a popular destination on its own merits.

 Sea Surround

Kawthaung is located in the southernmost region of Burma (Myanmar), at the tapered end of the country’s tail. Known as Victoria Point during British rule, it’s separated from Thailand by the Pak Chan River on the east, and dwarfed by the Andaman Sea to the west. Unsurprisingly, it is a township whose history, economy and character have been shaped by its proximity to the sea.

The focus of Kawthaung is its waterfront. Stores, restaurants and teashops provide ample diversion for tourists, and boat trips along Burma’s picture-postcard southern coast can be arranged here, too. Tourists arriving from Thailand are often struck by the relaxed pace of the town; after Phuket’s heady atmosphere, it might seem, in the most welcome of ways, as though you’ve stepped back in time 30 years.

A Casino

That said, Kawthaung is not devoid of modern pleasures: the nearby Thahtay Kyun Island is host to one of Burma’s few casinos, making it a popular stop-off for thrill-seekers.

Increasingly, tourists are opting to fly in from Yangon and start their tour of Burma’s far south at Kawthaung. A number of passenger boats now make the week-long journey north from here to Myeik, passing through the unspoiled Mergui Archipelago en route.

Island-Hopping

These 800+ islands are a last-of-their-kind paradise, hosting an amazing variety of flora and fauna. They were only opened to tourists in 1997 and are still considered virgin territory. Their abundance of marine life attracts seasoned divers and passing tourists alike.

Kawthaung is beginning to attract visitors for all the right reasons. Whatever the shape of your journey in Southern Burma, this place will tick all the boxes.

Source: Myanmarburma.com

AROUND KAWTHAUNG

Mergui (Myeik)

Mergui (Myeik)

Andaman Sea

Andaman Sea

Mawlamyine

Mawlamyine

Mrauk U

Mrauk U