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Where to stay in Kawthaung


Kawthaung’s accommodation ranges from backpacker to five-star, though offshore island options for now are limited to the latter. You’ll see Honey Bear – just about the town centre’s largest building – from a long way off. Its waterfront location and reasonable rates make it a good, though slightly noisy choice. Penguin is a clear favourite in the budget range, with strategically placed posters stretching all the way to Ranong. The functional Kawthaung Hotel is a good deal though like the brand new midrange Garden Hotel, location isn’t so hot.

The small tourist information office next to immigration had some hotel details when we looked but with limited rooms available it’s a good idea to reserve something from Ranong (or Myeik) beforehand. We found no jetty tuk tuks or moto-taxis pushing us in certain directions, so it seems there’s no commission system in place as yet. Maybe that will change as new options inevitably open up. Honey Bear and Penguin are the only hotels within walking distance of the jetty.

Around seven kilometres north of town to the west of what passes for a highway, and close to the airport, is the plush new Victoria Cliff Resort. In early 2016 the same guys were in the process of opening an equally fancy island resort on remote Nyaung Oo Pee Island. For now only expensive, all-inclusive, multi- day packages are available. Just off Kawthaung on Thatay Khun Island is the longstanding Andaman Club. Also know as the Myanmar Andaman or Andaman Club Resort, it’s a large golf and casino complex run by Thailand’s Dusit group. It’s not the Andaman’s most picturesque island and doesn’t even have a beach -- but that’s not what the punters go for.

All hotels in town provide basic tourist information and can help with onward travel information and reservations.

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Strand Rd, Kawthaung
US$20 to $40
Honey Bear Hotel
Flashpacker - US$20 to $40
Strand Rd, Kawthaung
T: (051) 51352-3

The four-storey Honey Bear is located bang in the middle of town on Strand Road. If you want to be in the thick of Kawthaung’s action, this is the place to be. Front rooms overlook the port and river estuary with the hills of Ranong in the distance. Views of the waterfront hustle and bustle are second to none, though these front rooms do get a little noisy. Rear rooms with views over the hill... Read our full review of Honey Bear Hotel.

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Bogyoke Rd, corner of Bonsonpet Rd, Kawthaung
US$20 to $40
Kawthaung Hotel
Flashpacker - US$20 to $40
Bogyoke Rd, corner of Bonsonpet Rd, Kawthaung
T: (095) 595 1046

No penguins or bears this time, the powder blue and pale mauve Kawthaung Hotel lies on Bogyoke Road where the main street winds its way along the summit. The location isn’t as good as Penguin or Honey Bear but not as bad as Garden. If you cut straight down the hill past the temple it shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to reach the waterfront. If you can’t face the walk back up then a... Read our full review of Kawthaung Hotel.

339 Sabel (Jasmine) St, Kawthaung
Under US$20
Penguin Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$20
339 Sabel (Jasmine) St, Kawthaung
T: (059) 51145, (092) 6056 6762

No, we have no idea where the penguin comes into it, but Penguin Hotel has become a clear traveller fave in Kawthaung. If you want to meet other foreign visitors -- useful for gleaning info or arranging transport, however anti-social you are -- then this is the place to do it. Rooms are tiny but spotless. Though perhaps slightly overpriced, overall they are still about the cheapest in town.... Read our full review of Penguin Hotel .

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1 Bogyoke Rd (7km north of town), Kawthaung
US$100 to $200
Victoria Cliff Hotel and Resort
Toprange - US$100 to $200
1 Bogyoke Rd (7km north of town), Kawthaung
T: (092) 5386 9977

Victoria Cliff is a new (as of early 2016) plush resort offering smart chalets atop a cliff overlooking a beach and the Andaman Sea. The manicured gardens lie somewhere between botanical park and chic golf course. They are so extensive that staff had to call a buggy to transport us from car park to reception. Although we were only enquiring about their room rates, the trip to reception included a... Read our full review of Victoria Cliff Hotel and Resort.

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Shwe Minon Rd (off Bogyoke, north of Pyi Daw Aye Pagoda), Kawthaung
US$20 to $40
Garden Hotel
Flashpacker - US$20 to $40
Shwe Minon Rd (off Bogyoke, north of Pyi Daw Aye Pagoda), Kawthaung
T: (059) 51731, (092) 5047 1521

If you were just staying a night in Kawthaung, the shiny new Garden Hotel may be a good choice. If you’re planning on hanging around for a bit and exploring the town, then the somewhat distant location on the hill well behind Pyi Daw Aye Pagoda is a major drawback. Admittedly views are great, but it’s a long hike down to the market and waterfront. Garden is a large, somewhat... Read our full review of Garden Hotel.

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