Kawthaung (Victoria Point)
It is very little known about Kawthaung history. Before Maliwan was the main port in the most southern part of Myanmar, but the shores were too shallow for the big ships. So Kawthaung was founded in the 19th century about 25 Miles south. The King Bayinnaung statue is greeting visitors from the cape. It is said he was very much accepted in Thailand for his policy to leave the country ruling be his own King. Bayinnaung only demanded loyalty. History tells us that he went a different way to invade Thailand. Today Kawthaung is a major trading town with Thailand.
To get to Myanmar Andaman Resort and to the Southern Mergui Archipelago you have to embark from Kawthaung. (June 2015).
Life Seeing tip #1: On Pa Lut Tot Tot island is a beach and water front restaurant. Don't expect too much from the beach. It is good for a swim at high tide. To get there you need to take a tricycle or a tuk tuk as the rickety wooden bridge don't allow cars. Totally a local experience.
Life Seeing tip #2: A must do is to see the sunset from 5-5-5 mountain, which offers a breathtaking 270° degree view on the Mergui Archipelago.
Kawthaung can be reached by air from Yangon, Dawei and Myeik. It has sea connections, which are extremely beautiful. Overland travel to and from Kawthaung is prohibited. However individual travelers have reported to be going overland mainly from Myeik to Kawthaung.
- By boat from Ranong, Thailand (About 30 minutes)
- By flight from Yangon (Between 2 and 3 hours, daily)
- By flight from Myeik (About 1 hour, not daily)
- By flight from Dawei (About 2 hours, not daily)
Restaurants are cleaner than street stalls. However most visitors say street food is fine to eat. All places are in walking distances for major hotels, but as taxis are cheap they can help you to find it quicker.
Mark Restaurant – Located right on strand road overlooking the jetty – Great Thai food and draft beer. Maybe your last chance to have an ice cold Myanmar, before you departure to Thailand.
Shwe Nin Ze (Golden Rose) – Little bit out of town (Taxi needed). You will be dining in cozy bungalows with thatched roofs. The cuisine is Thai and Chinese.
Traditional Burmese Curry house next to Mark Restaurant, daily fresh curries and huge variety, vegetarian friendly.