Sightseers beat path to beautiful Kawthoung on Myanmar’s southern tip

MOHT News Photo 3.3.2015 2

 With stunning panoramas of ocean and rolling hills, Kawthoung has become a lure for sightseers at the southern tip of Myanmar.
Settlers established a village in Maliwan in 1859, which eventually grew to become the border town known as Kawthoung. The town area now includes Bawah and Snake islands, sharing a border with Thailand to the east part and facing the Indian Ocean to the west.
The town is home to people of the Salon, or Mawkin, ethnic group, as well as Indian, Malay and Cantonese people.
Visitors can reach Kawthoung from Yangon, Dawei and Myeik by plane or car. Tourists can also access Kawthoung within 40 minutes by motorboat from Ranong in Thailand.
The area’s Taninthayi mountain range is home to nearly 200 species of evergreen plants and mangrove forests. In addition to 519 coral reefs, the Taninthayi Region is home to hundreds of bird, fish and mammal species.
Significantly, over 100 Indian pied hornbills inhabit Thahtay Island, close to Kawthoung. Myeik archipelago is comprised of over 800 islands, including 20 which are home to Indian pied hornbills.
Known as the Sea Gypsies due to their nomadic, sea-based lifestyle, more than 700 Salon people live on the islands in Kawthoung District. Tourists often come to watch them aboard their “Kaban” boats.
Kawthoung’s other tourist attractions include Bayintnaung Cape, Bayintnaung monument park, Mwedaw Island, Myoma Bridge, Pyidaungaye Pagoda, 555 Hillock, Shwepyitha Ananda Pagoda and Museum, Pulontontone Beack and Bridge, as well as Maliwan Waterfall and hot spring.
On 1 March, 191 amateur cyclists from Thailand held a Thai-Myanmar friendship cycling activity from Myoma Bridge in Annawa ward, Kawthoung, to Maliwan Village, under the arrangements of Kawthoung District Chamber of Commerce and Ranong District Tourism and Sports Department of Thailand.

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