What to do in Kawthaung, Myanmar
Located in Tanintharyi Region, Kawthaung is one of the most important towns in southern Myanmar. Kawthaung is quickly developing from a fishing port and border trade hub to a more established tourism destination. It is the main gateway for tours to spectacular 800 islands of Mergui Archipelago.
Go Island Hopping
Kawthaung can be used as a base point for island hopping. You can hire a boat and travel from island to island. The most commonly visited islands include Horseshoe Island, Dunkin Island, 115 Island, Cocks Comb Island and Zadetkyi Island.
Visit The Pagodas
Like other towns of Myanmar, Kawthaung is home to several pagodas. The Shwe Pyi Thar Pagoda is a must-visit. It looks exactly like the Ananda Temple of Bagan. Other interesting pagodas include the Pyi Daw Aye Pagoda, Arnandar Pagoda and Aungtawmu Pagoda. Pyi Daw Aye is also a top of Kawthaung’s downtown pagoda charts. You can see the golden chedi, rising on a hilltop just north of the center, 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.
Walk Around Myoma Market
Bustling with people, this is the biggest market in Kawthaung. Walking around the market will help you get a feel of an authentic southern town. You can also help yourself to authentic local food here.
The sea near Kawthaung is filled with exquisite aquatic species. If you are a diving enthusiast, you can have fun exploring the colourful corals and beautiful fishes. From day trips to several days of diving tours, there is a lot of options to explore.
There are also some attractions centered on Maliwan, a short drive north of Kawthaung. There is the Maliwan Waterfall, a 10-meter waterfall with a pool and water park created out of the water downstream of the waterfall. You can rent inner tubes and kayaks and play in the water with the locals since it’s a popular weekend spot. 10 kilometers further north from there also are the Maliwan hot springs, only 40 kilometers from the Thailand border.