Southern Myanmar TravelJourney to Southern Myanmar
South Myanmar Travel
Oddly enough, the south of Myanmar has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Within a few short getaways you can go down into the Buddha-stuffed caverns around Hpa-an and climb the tortuous path to the holy gold rock on Mount Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock).
And then there is the little known and even less frequented Myeik Archipelago, perhaps Myanmar's most dramatically crossroads of sea, country and heaven. If all this were not enough, the historical centre of Mawlamyine, once the capitol of Myanmar, has an almost as beautiful collections of old Yangon style houses as Yangon, while Dawei and Myeik, the old wood houses with stone villas and houses built during the UK domination, have a centuries-long port heritage.
And the best thing about it: Due to the shortage of people, there is a lot of room to relax and savour the area.
Introductory course in South Burma (Myanmar)
From Kathmandu, Nepal to Bangkok, Thailand, you will most likely have flew over southern Burma. South Burma, for our part, includes the Kayin state in the northern part - it could just as well be served in our central Burma section thanks to a long fingering between the Bago region and the Kayah state.
To separate Kayin from the Andaman Sea is Mon State, while in the extreme southernmost part is the Tanintheryi area, which comprises a mass of small island and tapering to a point between Thailand and the sea. One of Burma's least frequented regions was the southern part, mainly due to earlier travel regulations in southern Mon State and northern Kawthoung in the far southern Tanintheryi area.
However, all this has been modified by the full internationality of two new frontier points - the transition from Mae Sot in Tak state to Kayin state and the Ranong lake transition to Kawthaung. So far, little has been seen of the Kayin state, mainly because large parts of it are off the books because of the junta's conflict with the Karen population.
Huge Thai side of the Thai frontier refugees are testimony to the barbarism of their campaigns. Today, with several new frontier crossing points, travelling by land is much simpler. It is home to one of our favorite cities in Burma, the relaxed and enchanting Mawlamyine. Farther southwards the Tanintheryi region was largely taboo until recently, because the only international travelers who explored this area were scuba diver on costly liveaboards from Thailand.
However, today this is no longer the case and South Burma is really open for businesses. Now it is possible to drive from the southern tip of Burma over land from Ranong in Thailand to Kawthaung and then northwards through Myeik, Dawei and Ye on the way to Mawlamyine.
Burma's southern rail line runs just southwards of the city of Myanmar, where buses and air travel are the only true way to get further southwards. Dispatched every Monday, our newsletters are full of travel tips, novelties and promotions.