Kawthaung Area - Mergui Archipelago
The Tanintharyi Region is an administrative region of Myanmar and covers the long narrow southern part of the country on the Kra Isthmus. Important cities include Myeik (Mergui) and Kawthaung - Mergui Archipelago.
Introduction of the Tanintharyi Region
The Tanintharyi Region is an administrative region of Myanmar and covers the long narrow southern part of the country on the Kra Isthmus. Bordering the Andaman Sea to the west and the Tenasserim Hills to the east. To the north also lies the Mon State. There are many islands off the coast, the large Mergui Archipelago in the southern and central coastal areas and the smaller Moscos Islands off the northern shores.
Evergreen forests thrive in the region, as it is located in the tropical climate zone with torrential rains. You can find Mangroves along the tidal march lands of the coast and also along the banks of rivers. Sandbanks covered with forest can be found in the Myanmar coastal areas. Paddy is cultivated on over 200.000 acres and rubber on 100.000 acres. The region has coconut, oil palm, betel nut, cashew, durian, mangosteen, rambutan, pineapple and citrus farms.
Bayint-Naung Point or Victoria point, lies at the southernmost point of Mainland Myanmar. Here you'll find the famous King Bayint-Naung Monument, which was set up on a hillock in Kawthaung since 1994. From this point you will have very panoramic views over the Kawthaung Area - Mergui Archipelago.
Kawthaung is a town located in the southernmost part of Myanmar. During British rule in Burma it was known as Victoria Point. You can take an around 30-minute trip on a local longtail boat from Ranong to Kawthaung for sightseeing and shopping. The little town has a mix of colorful people. Burmese, Thai, Malay, Indian and Chinese are prominent. Kawthaung still has the bustling, but charming character of a prosperous fishing village. Kawthaung’s most touted attraction is Maliwan Waterfall, a pretty spot worth a visit outside of the dry season.
Its name is Thai and means Jasmine. The waterfall lies around 40 kilometers north of town and a few kilometers from the main highway. The stream performs a series of drops with a pool and water park created close to the entrance. It’s hugely popular at weekends with locals. You can use a water slide or simply splash around in the clean pool. A concrete path leads up the right side of the stream and further cascades. The highlight and end is a 10-metre fall some 500 meters from the entrance. A steep muddy trail does also continue uphill if you’re feeling energetic.
Bland architecture aside, the main market is buzzing with commerce throughout the day and the streets surrounding it also come alive for the night market. Fruit, vegetables, clothing, dining and everything else is available at this market. Prices are cheap and the sellers are friendly and helpful.
Pa Lone Tone Tone Beach
A great way to 'cheat' in getting out to the Myeik Archipelago is to visit Palone Tone Tone Island, five kilometers to the north of Kawthaung. Attached to the mainland by an impressively long wooden bridge, the east side of the island is made up of mangroves and vast sand banks. On the west side you will find a pleasant sandy beach, lined with a number of simple seafood restaurants and beer stations. You can also visit Pa Lone Tone Tone Fishing Village on this small island and meet the very friendly local fishermen of the Kawthaung Area - Mergui Archipelago.
Myeik Archipelago (Mergui Archipelago)
The gorgeous and remote Myeik (or Mergui) Archipelago lies in the Andaman Sea off the coast of southern Myanmar. More than 800 islands vary in size from smaller ones with just a few palm trees to also larger islands of several hundred square kilometers. The archipelago offers great opportunities for exploration and diving amongst spectacular marine life and untouched coral reefs, with yachts and cruise boats designed for that purpose.
It is not just the scenery, that makes the Myeik Archipelago such a fascinating place to visit, but also the Moken people known as the Salone or Sea Gypsies. These are one of the most distinct of Myanmar’s many ethnic groups and live a nomadic and sea-based life here. Having adapted to the water over many hundreds of years, they are the masters of free diving and can focus their vision under water and hold their breath far longer than most humans can.
Salon Villages (Sea Gypsy Villages)
The Myanmar Sea Gypsies (Salone) nomads still hold onto their own beliefs. The only human inhabitants in the area are Sea Gypsies, namely Salon in Myanmar. The earliest inhabitants of Myanmar recorded history were Pyu, Mon, Myanmar and Thet. They live on boats during dry season and on land during rainy season. They still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques used for generation. Some salon inhabitants also dwell peacefully on the islands permanently with other people from the Kawthaung Area - Mergui Archipelago.
Our packages are offering trips around the Mergui Archipelago, Explore and discover the beauty the island of the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar during your cruise or beach holiday such as:
- Kyunn Me Gyee Island (Clara Island)
- Salet Galet Island
- Wa Ale Kyunn Island
- Kyunn Tann Shey Island (Lampi Island)
- Bo-Cho Island
- Kyunn Phi Lar Island (Pheela Island or Great Swinton Island)
- Nga Mann Island (Pula Set or Shark Island)
- Nyaung Wee Island (Pu-Lu, Buda Island or Palau Bada Island))
- Poni Island
- Island 115
- Hlaingu Island
- Steward Island (Ba-wei Island)
- Nga Khin Nyo Gyee Island (Boulder Island)
- Kha Yinn Khwa Island – Macleod Island - Andaman Resort
- Nyaung Oo Phee Island – Victoria Cliff Resort
- Say-Tan Island - Dunkin
- Myin Khwar Island – Horse Shoe Island
- Kyet Mauk Island - Cocks Comb Island – Emerald Heart Island