Kawthaung Myanmar; Islands & Beaches
Kawthaung, Myanmar’s southern-most district is surrounded by the Mergui National Reserve where you can enjoy snorkeling and diving.
Kawthaung, formerly known as Victoria Point, is the southernmost town in Myanmar. Kawthaung is separated from Ranong in Thailand by the Pakchan River and can be reached from Thailand with a boat or bus and is only 322 kilometers north of Phuket.
Tourist are allowed to enter Kawthaung from Thailand making the southern part of Myanmar a great combination with a Thailand vacation and an ideal option for Thai weekend breakers to relax and rejuvenate and the explore the unspoiled Mergui Islands.
Kawthaung has a coastline extending for about 2800 kilometers and is characterized by estuaries, rivers, creeks, and islands. Kawtaung has a charming character and is a prosperous port & fishing town. Kawthaung is surrounded by the Mergui National Reserve where you can enjoy snorkeling and diving expeditions.
The many tropical islands you can visit from Kawthaung are stunning and little paradises, approach a local tour operator for some island hopping or day trips with a speed boat to for example Horse Shoe, 115, and Cocks Comb Island.
The key to enjoying in Kawthaung is to escape 100m back from the harbor where the town’s charming streets offer sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the harbor. Tourists can get a 360-degree view of the region from the Nagar Thone Lone Hill.
Kawthaung has a number of attractions apart from the pagodas, waterfalls, and hot spring. One can visit the Bayint Naung Point, formerly known as the Victoria Point, the southernmost part of Myanmar. The Nagar Thone Lone Hill presents an exotic 360-degree view of the entire region. Other notable places include the Palonetontone Bridge, Myoma Market, and the innumerable Salone villages. From delicious food to friendly people, Kaw Thaung has a lot to offer to tourists.
Tourist Information Centre
Address: Seik Kan Thar Road, Annawar Quarter, Kawthaung
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
How To Get To Kawthaung:
By car or by bus:
From Yangon to Kawthaung - 1280 km (26hr8min).
From Dawei to Kawthaung 670 km (13hr18min).
From Ranong Thailand - 25 Minutes
How to get Myanmar Visa by Ranong to Kawthaung border?
Myanmar has given visas on arrival for many countries, who enter from major International Airports, such as Yangon, Mandalay, and Naypyidaw.
Myanmar also launched an online visa service to promote Tourism since 2015. This means you can apply Myanmar E-visa on online before you enter to Myanmar.
As a tourist, if you want to enter and visit by Ranong to Kawthaung border, you will need to apply Myanmar E-visa on online before you enter to Myanmar, it is 28 days visa, this means you can visit anywhere in Myanmar except restricted area and you can exit any-border or international checkpoints.
All tourist visa for Myanmar is only for 28 days, but if you stayed more than 28 days in Myanmar, you have to pay 3$ over-stay fees per day when you are exit from the country.
How to get a Thailand visa by Kawthaung to Ranong border?
Last year, Thailand has waived visa on arrival fees for promoting Tourism, this means you take a flight to Bangkok or other international airport and get a simple visa or arrival but you do not have to pay visa fees. It was launched by the Thailand Government from Nov 1, 2019, to April 30, 2020.
At the land border checkpoints, Thailand also gave visa on arrival for many passports holders except China, Russia and some of the passport holders visa by border checkpoints such as Kawthaung to Ranong border.
For those countries suspended visa on arrival by Thailand Government need to apply for a Thailand visa from the Royal Thai Embassy, before they travel to Thailand.
As a tourist, if you travel to Ranong from Kawthaung, it only takes 45 minutes by local longtail boats.
Myanmar and Thai citizens only need TBP (Temporary Border Pass) or BP (Bolder Pass), it can stay only 7 days and can not travel farther than 60 Km.