Myeik, 248km farther south of Dawei, (known as Mergui in colonial times and pronounce as Beik in Myanmar spoken form) perched on a peninsula just out into the Andaman Sea. Due to its location, Myeik has developed as an important port for over 500 years. Rubber, coconuts and marine products are major source of Myeik. Another famous product is the swift let bird’s nest very much favored by Chinese throughout Asia. Among the European traders who settled here in the past, probably the most notorious was Samuel White, who threw his weight around as harbormaster of Tenasserim division to rob whatever visiting ships and to tax the locals for every shilling he could squeeze.
Myeik Archipelago – which lies on the most southern part of Myanmar and consists of over 800 islands – is still almost completely untouched as a tourist destination especially for ecotourism. The only inhabitants around the area are Salone or Moken people (nomadic sea gypsies who sail from island to island spending the majority of their year at sea). The islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora & fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes including pristine coral reefs and marine life and can also see plenty of lush tropical rainforest down to the extraordinary white sandy beaches and on a few of them, and find ancient Mangrove Rivers and caves. It is an ideal place for sea kayaks and rubber dinghy. Mergui Archipelago is probably one of the most unique destinations left on the planet.
Kawthaung (also spelt Kawthoung) is a small port town at the southernmost trip of Myanmar (about 2000km from the northern trip). It is only separated from Thailand by the Pakchan River. It was known to the colonial British as Victoria Point. It is an important trade town with Thailand, and other businesses are fishing, rubber and cashews.