Known as Ko Song in Thai, Pulodua in Malay, and Victoria Point during the 24 years of British rule in Myanmar, Kawthaung marks the most southerly point of the country.
The town of Kawthaung sits at the very end of Myanmar's long, thin southern prong, which shares a long border with Thailand and projects for hundreds of miles toward the equator. Just across the border is the Thai town of Ranong, and as many travellers come here in order to extend their visa-free stays in Thailand, it's possible to pay with Thai baht anywhere in the town.
There is not much to do in Kawthaung itself, which is essentially a transit town - albeit one in a fabulous setting. If you have a little time to kill, wander up to Pyi Daw Aye Pagoda for fantastic views over the Kraburi River and the Thai mountains. Alternatively, you could make the 40 kilometre drive to Maliwan Waterfall, a pretty spot that makes a good day trip from the town in green season.
Kawthaung is the gateway to the wonderful, untouched islands of the Myeik Archipelago - with their white sand beaches, virgin rainforest, outstanding biodiversity and ancient mangrove swamps. Head out by boat to explore this beautiful region, populated only by the Moken "sea nomads".
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