Kawthoung was one of the earliest British possessions in Myanmar, and you can still see the Anglo influence today. For 15 long years, Myanmar boycotted tourism and wouldn’t let anyone visit the country. However, it’s now opened its doors to visitors and Kawthoung is said to be one of the best places to visit.
Kawthoung is a small port right at the tip of the Tanintharyi Region; one of the southernmost points of mainland Myanmar. All that’s separating Kawthoung and Thailand is a broad estuary in the Pagyan River. This area has had many names over the years; the British called it Victoria Point and the Thai people call it Ko Song (Second Island). The Burmese name, Kawthoung, comes from a mispronunciation of the Thai version.
While you’re in the city, visit the Pyi Daw Aye Pagoda. You’ll probably see the golden chedi from miles away, but you have to get really close to appreciate this sacred site. It may not be Myanmar’s best temple, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Head outside the city to see the Maliwan Waterfall. It’s a bit of a climb to get up, but it’s well worth it in the end. Combine it with a trip to Palautonetone, a golden beach surrounded by mangroves. You’ll also find a traditional fishing village nearby.
However, the city is mostly known as a rest stop before exploring the wonderful Mergui Archipelago.
There are over 800 karst islands to explore in the Andaman Sea, some of which are topped with thick tropical greenery. See what you discover as you travel around the archipelago. Despite the ban on tourism being lifted, it can still be tricky to get around Myanmar. You must prepare in advance, and ensure you have the right visas and documentation before you travel.
Plan your trip to Kawthoung today.