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Kawthaung to Myeik

Our rating:

Despite rumours to the contrary, the road between Kawthaung and Myeik isn’t that bad.

Photo of Kawthaung to Myeik

As of early 2016 extensive upgrading was underway and when finished it should improve matters considerably.

Except where construction is ongoing, the road is sealed and more undulating than mountainous. The problem is simply that it is a long way: some 440 kilometres. At present, 14 hours is a reasonable estimation. Even when the road’s completed you can still count on it taking at least 10. Furthermore, there is little between the two, except endless oil palm plantations and only one town of any size. The tiny town of Bokpyin is approximately a third of the way between Kawthaung and Myeik. Apart from having the only hotel en-route licensed to take foreigners, it is also the only spot where you’ll get any mobile connection during the entire trip.

Their hotel is grotty and overpriced. Take note that minibuses in either direction will be full (nobody gets out in Bokpyin), so you can wait a long, long time for transport out of there. Full-sized night buses will arrive – well in the middle of the night – and due to peculiar bus regulations won’t necessarily give you a ride even if they have seats available. (More on this in our Myeik transport section.)

Note for cyclists: minibuses may be persuaded to tie a bicycle onto their roof-racks but large buses will refuse to fit them into their under-seat compartments. Neither are the two airlines very amenable to carrying them. It will take serious sweet talking and/or cash in order to do so.

Apart from the last stretch into Myeik along a riverbank, scenery is disappointing -- or zero if it’s the night bus. Myeik to Dawei, for example, is much more attractive. Unless you’re a fan of oil palm plantations, pot holes and very remote tea shops we’d strongly recommend flying.

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