Myeik and Kawthaung are located in the southernmost region of Myanmar. Rich in culture and close to the sea, these cities are packed with attractions and adventure.
If you’re a first time tourist in Myanmar, it’s easy to miss out on the most popular sights. You want to find places to visit in Kawthaung and Myeik that will stun you, excite you. We’re here to help you plan your trip and get started! Kawthaung and Myeik are the places someone should visit among Myanmar destinations if he loves adventure, water activities at Mergui Archipelago like snorkeling, relax at remote islands.
Best Places to Visit in Kawthaung and Myeik
Both Kawthaung and Myeik have a number of things to see in and around town. In this article, we have picked the top 7 spots you can enjoy during your trip to Myanmar.
Part 1: Kawthaung
Where to go and what do to when you’re in Kawthaung? Besides exploring the city, you should make a few trips around it to witness some breathtaking sites. Let’s have a look.
Palautonetone is a small island with a beautiful, sandy beach. It’s close to the Maliwan Waterfall and you don’t need a boat trip to get there.
A 1-kilometer long wooden bridge will take you to the island from the mainland.
While you’re there, you can explore the mangrove forest on the eastern part of the island. If you want to experience the island life up close, there’s a fisherman’s village you can visit.
Cocks Comb – the Heart-shaped Island
About 2 hours south of Kawthaung jetty, there’s an island covered in deep green tropical forest outlined by white, sandy beach. From the sky, it looks like a giant Emerald rock shaped like a heart.
The entrance to the island is through a cave passage. Be it adventure, uniqueness or natural beauty – Cocks Comb has it all. It is also a popular destination for some underwater action like snorkeling.
Thahtay Kyun Island
You can think of the Thahtay Kyun Island as the Vegas of Myanmar. The entire island is given to Grand Andaman Hotel – a golf resort and casino.
The 5-star hotel and golf club has made the island a top attraction for guests whose priority is luxury enjoyment. It goes without saying that the island in itself is very pretty with its dense rainforest and sunny beaches.
This island is an hour and a half away from Kawthaung. It got its name for being surrounded by a vast field of coral, starting within just 2 meters from the beach.
If you are all about exploring a thick, diverse seabed, Flower Island is the place to be.
Part 2: Myeik
Among other things, Myeik is famous for its great archipelago across the Andaman Sea. It consists of hundreds of islands and coral reefs that you can’t visit them all on a single trip. So we have shortlisted a few that are the most deserving of your time.
Let’s see what you can do during your stay at Myeik.
Thein Dawgyi Pagoda
Theindawgyi is not only a magnificent pagoda by itself but also it allows for a mesmerizing view from all directions. It stands atop a ridge so it’s quite a climb up there. There are several ways to climb to the pagoda. Our favorite is from the Grand Jade Hotel because it’s relatively easier path.
Facing west, the pagoda is overlooking the serene harbor, water and islands in the horizon. If you look to the east, you can enjoy a view of the city’s streets and markets.
The pagoda itself bears the mark of great ancient architecture. Its interior displays a variety of Buddha statues, including a large one at the center.
An hour and a half away from the jetty, the Surin islands is the home of Mokens. The Mokens are indigenous people who lived in the Andaman Sea for thousands of years.
More recently, many Mokens are converting from their nomadic lifestyle and settling on the islands. They still depend on the sea for their livelihood because of their unique understanding of the coral reef.
Visit the Moken villages to see what this tribe is all about! And let the beauty of the island accompany you meanwhile.
Thayaw Thahan Kyi Island
This island is not far from the Moken village. There are local markets on this island. You can have seafood for lunch from the beach-side shops.
This is a good place to relax and just think in silence. You can go for a swim here too. But for an unforgettable underwater experience, we recommend you check out the next place on our list.
The Smart Island will welcome you ashore with its lush blue shade of clear water. On this island, there are more opportunities to explore the sea. You can go swimming. You can snorkel your way into the rich underwater life of the coral reef.
Or you can simply stand by and watch the waves hit the shore. A truly enriching and de-stressing experience awaits you at the Smart Island of Myeik.
To Wrap it up
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