Southern Myanmar

Pathein

Situated in the delta of the Ayeyarwady River, Pathein is the most important port for trade in the delta region. The region is the heart of Myanmar's paddy cultivation industry but Pathein remains a peaceful little town with a scenic waterfront, many Chinese and Myanmar temples and umbrella workshops. The city’s colourful handmade umbrellas are famous all over Myanmar and are traditionally used by monks and nuns. Located some 190 kilometres west of Yangon, Pathein can be reached in three hours by road or by overnight ferry through the alluvial Ayeyarwady delta.The central market  and the famous Shwemokhtaw Pagoda, which are located next to each other near the riverfront.

 

Dawei

The coast is dotted with islands including the Heinze group, the Maung-Magan group and the Mergui or Mergui Archipelago, which comprises more than 800 beautiful and attractive islands. A port of medium importance and tropical seaside town, 384 miles south of Yangon. The Maungmagan beach is now being developed and upgraded is just 8 miles northwest and is famous for delicious seafood. Native speak Myanmar language but with a strong dialect, which is similar to Mergui. The most venerated pagodas are the Shin Motehti Pagoda, a few miles south of the town, Shin Datweh Pagoda in the north and Shin Maw Pagoda on the Dawei promontory. A 243-foot long reclining Buddha image occupies the Lawka Tharaphu Pagoda. In the 18th Century a group of Dawei people known as Inthas or Sons of the Lake, migrated to Inle to avoid the continual conflicts between the Myanmar and Thais. Thus the Inthas were appear in Inle Lake in the southern Shan State. Capital of Tanintharyi Division is the southern most administrative region in the country.

 

 

Myeik Archipelago

Myeik is located in Tanintharyi Region, the most southern part of the country. The town’s economy is based largely on exports of local products, such as tin, tungsten, dried fish, dried prawns, fish paste, salt and rubber. A cultured pearl industry has also developed on some of the nearby islands, particularly Pale Kyun (Pearl Island), about 138 kilometres south of Myeik. Lampi Island, 105 kilometres by 50 kilometres with mountains topping 450 metres, boasts lovely beaches, coral reefs, clear water and undisturbed wildlife. It has been designated a Marine National Park to preserve the environment and attract ecotourists. The Myeik Archipelago consists of many similar virgin islands, which typically feature white sandy beaches and are good for snorkeling and scuba diving. The water is so clear that it is enough to see the coral reefs and tropical fish, while there are also abundant lagoon caves, bird nests and waterfalls.

 

 

Kawthaung / Kawthoung

The southern- most part of Myanmar Kawthaung is the starting point to explore the Mergui Archipelago. It is also known as the Bayint Naung point or Victoria point. With special features of weather and geography, Kawthaung is quickly becoming an attractive tourist destination in Myanmar. 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. The Salon or Gypises people inhabited the island and you can visit to the Islands nearby in this archipelago to explore the under water coral garden where nobody had never been.