Kawthaung is a town located in the southernmost part of Myanmar, in the Tanintharyi Region. During British rule in Burma between 1824 and 1948, it was known as Victoria Point. Kawthaung shares a border crossing with Ranong Thailand, and it’s only separated from Thailand by a broad estuary in the Pakchan River. Across the river is the border town of Ranong. Thailand. To travel between Ranong and Kawthaung, you simply take a boat which takes about 30 minutes, stopping at small islands for immigration and custom checks.
The main business of Kawthaung is trade with Thailand, fishing, rubber, and cashew nuts. Kawthaung's bustling waterfront is lined with teashops, stores and shops arranging boat charters to Thailand for visitors and traders. Duty Free Shops and a few restaurants in the Burmese palace replica building are located in front of the Kawthaung harbor. A huge bronze statue of King Bayintnaung; one of the great Myanmar kings with a sword, stands at the crest of a hill on the cape. A spectacular sea and island view from a hilltop pagoda known as the Three Mile Pagoda is located in a fishing village five kilometers north of town.
How to Get to Kawthaung
By air: Kawthaung can be reached by air from Yangon, Dawei, and Myeik. Myanmar National Airlines has daily flights from and to Yangon and Dawei, and Air KBZ has 3 flights per week from Dawei and Myeik.
By boat: There are boat services running from Ranong to Kawthaung which take about 30 minutes. Foreigners with Myanmar visa are permitted to travel via this border.