Photo: Pulautonetone.

Things to see and do

Pyi Daw Aye Pagoda

Pyi Daw Aye is top of Kawthaung’s downtown pagoda charts. You can see the golden chedi, rising on a hilltop just north of the centre, from some way off. It isn’t Burma’s most spectacular temple but it is worth a wander, though the view across town, the Kraburi River and the Thai mountains in the distance is the undisputed highlight. The temple is a hit with locals and the main entrance ... Read more about Pyi Daw Aye Pagoda .

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Mey Paw Kyan

Just in front of Kawthaung’s waterfront is a small, tree-covered rocky outcrop with a small pagoda atop. 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 ... Read more about Mey Paw Kyan .

Maliwan Waterfall
40 kilometres north of Kawthaung

Kawthaung’s most touted attraction is Maliwan Waterfall, a pretty spot worth a visit outside of the dry season. Its name is Thai — Maliwan means jasmine — and it lies around 40 kilometres north of town along a good road. It’s a few kilometres from the main highway. While it is a bit of a haul to get here, you could include Palautonetone as part of a ... Read more about Maliwan Waterfall .

A few kilometres north of Kawthaung

Palautonetone is a low-lying island a few kilometres north of Kawthaung. It’s conveniently linked to the mainland by a bridge. Following a geographical pattern set by many of Mergui’s islands, the land-facing east side is mangroves, while the sea-facing side boasts a long sandy beach. The island is also home to a lively fishing village. The island, village and beach all take the name of ... Read more about Palautonetone .

Boat trips

With the southern reaches of the Mergui Archipelago just offshore, there’s huge potential for island visits and boat trips from Kawthaung. While we’d expect this to develop quickly, for now it’s still very much a work in progress. Live-aboard diving and snorkelling trips from Thailand are certainly the best way to see any of these islands, for now. With tourism so new to this region – ... Read more about Boat trips .

Kawthaung to Myeik

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

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kawthaung? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Burma_myanmar.

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