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Mey Paw Kyan

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Just in front of Kawthaung’s waterfront is a small, tree-covered rocky outcrop with a small pagoda atop.

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It’s called Upper Mey Paw Kyan if we understood correctly, and for great views back across town you can take a short boat trip here.

A flight of steps leads up the low hill from a jetty to a small chedi surrounded by several nat shrines. This is the upper pagoda and a rough track down the far side of the hill leads to Lower Mey Paw Kyan, which affords views back across the estuary towards Thailand. If you’ve taken your shoes with you then you can walk back around the edge of the small island to the jetty.

The highlight for us here was a pair of Asian pied hornbills in a large fig tree near the top chedi. Even if you don’t see them, the views are good and it’s pleasant to cruise around the harbour a bit in a boat too.

We paid 100 baht from the main jetty for a longtail to take us out and back, including waiting time. The temple caretaker clearly doesn’t see many visitors and speaks a few words of English. He seemed delighted to show us round the island for a few kyat tip. (He did forget to tell us to bring our shoes though!)

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