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Tanintharyi Division

KAWTHOUNG

Kawthong is the southernmost trip of Myanmar, 2,000 km from the country's northernmost point near Putao and 800 km from Yangon itself. Kawthong retains the atmosphere of a fishing village.Kawthong is a busy fishing post, although most of the catch is ultimately sold in Ranong where it fetches a better price. It does a successful trade in raw rubber and cashew nuts, both of which are cultivated inland. The town always seems to be noisy, largely due to the constant roar of motorbikes, which are the main means of transport - both private and public. To go anywhere, you hop aboard one of the bikes as a pillion rider. There are few cars, mainly because of the lack of good roads.

Mwe-Daw or Relic Island

Mwe-Daw or Relic Islandit is home to two hilltop pagodas said to contain holy relics of the Buddha. Because of this, the island is visited constantly by a stream of devotees crossing over on a five-minutes boat ride from the mainland.

Third Mile Pagoda

Third Mile Pagoda , the main stupa is golded with an octagonal base containing eight inches each filled with a seated Buddha. On the highest level, the Buddha sits on a lotus flower, protected by the Naga or serpent god, which curls its head over that of the Buddha.
 

Andaman Club Resort

Andaman Club Resort, which occupies the 700 hectare Thahtay Kyun, runs a well patronized casino and offers visitors duty-free shopping with prices that give duty-free shops elsewhere a run for their money. Located on a hilltop with panoramic view of Kawthong, the resort is the only sign of habitation on the rocky island. It has 205 rooms, each with a view of the sea. Recreational facilities include a swimming pool, gym, sauna, electronic games room and library. Its three restaurants overlook Kawthong and its harbour.

Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago

Myeik Archipelago comprises of some 800 islands scattered more or less parallel to the coast of 480 km long Myeik Peninsula on the Andaman Sea, Southwest of Myanmar. Myeik (formerly Mergui) Archipelago is famous and well-known because of its crystal blue water, untouched coral reef and uninhabited islands clustered close to one another. Some are rocky and some are forested which some have sandy beach. Hilly islands are of limestone stretch-out for hundreds of meters forms caves and enclosed lakes accessible at low tide through rock tunnels. Sea swallow (swifts) build their nests higher which can be very hard to reach, the agile collectors are clever enough to get the nest with risk as bird’s nests are valuable for human consumption. The nomadic salons or sea gypsies sail from island to island, stopping off to repair their boats or fishing nets.
 

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