Kawthaung - the southern most point of Myanmar

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Flight Schedules for Kawthaung

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ND 701

Dawei (TVY) to Kawthaung (KAW)

10:45

11:55

Mondays

ND 702

Kawthaung (KAW) to Myeik (MGZ)

12:15

13:00

Mondays

ND 701

Dawei (TVY) to Kawthaung (KAW)

08:35

09:45

Daily except for Mondays and Thursdays

ND 702

Kawthaung (KAW) to Myeik (MGZ)

10:05

10:50

Daily except for Mondays and Thursdays

Kawthaung - Home of Bayint Naung Point, formerly Victoria Point

Kawthaung is a small sleepy town positioned in the southernmost part of Myanmar, in the Tanintharyi Region. Kawthaung is located about 10°N and 98.30°E at the mouth of Kyan River on the Malay Peninsula. The Thai border town of Ranong is located in the east. It takes about 20 minutes via speedboat to get there if you'd like to start your journey to Thailand. Many visitors also go on a day-trip there. Like most of Myanmar, Kawthaung has a tropical monsoon climate, it's hot for most of the year, with a dry season during December to March, and a summer wet season from April to October. The monsoon season with torrential rainfall can be seen from May to September. 

What to see in Kawthaung

The Kawthaung Market

In the early mornings, the town is bustling with activity of merchants bringing in goods via boats from other parts of the coast, and Thailand. There are almost no beaches in Kawthaung as the terrain is very mountainous, and the rivers produce muddy banks. The cape of Bayint Naung, formerly known as Victoria Point is the southernmost point of Myanmar. It is surrounded by a great park that you can walk around and see Thailand beyond the waters. The park also leads to Bogyoke Road, which is filled with BBQ restaurants that have great food you can enjoy while looking out into the sea. You will also find a dive shop near the clock tower that organizes dive and snorkle trips. Within the market there are offices of the people who book for boats to tour the islands as well.  

Best Views at Pyi Daw Aye Pagoda

Pyi Daw Aye pagoda is the most visible pagoda in Kawthaung. The golden pagoda rising on a hilltop just north of the center of town can be seen from far away. If you make it to the top - you'll be seeing a spectacular view of the Kraburi River and the Thai mountains in the distance. 

Trek to Maliwan Waterfall and Hotsprings

If you are spending some time in Kawthaung, make sure you also visit the Maliwan Waterfall. It's a pretty spot in the mountains where you can swim and order a meal. It's about 40 kilometres north of Kawthaung. You can hire a three-wheel motorbike or a regular motorbike taxi. 10 kilometres from the Maliwan park is the Maliwan Hot Springs. It's a great ride to explore on the lonely road surrounded by palm and rubber plantations. 

Explore the Paloutonetone Beach

On your way back to town, or the next day, you might want to take a detour to Palautonetone. It is an island, part of the Myeik Archipelago connected to the mainland with a wooden bridge. Surprisingly, you can also take your motorbike taxi there. Once you traverse through the narrow lanes of the Palautonetone village, you'll be greeted by an open sea and a long sandy beach! There are some BBQ shops that can grill you fresh fish, prawns, and crabs. 

From Kawthaung, you can go to many islands, go on snorkeling or diving trips as it is a gateway to the Andaman Sea, and the Indian Ocean to the west, and south-west.