How to get to Kawthaung and Myanmar (Visa Information)
Nyaung Oo Phee can be reached from either Myanmar or Thailand. From Myanmar, the quickest way to reach Kawthaung is by plane. A number of airlines offer domestic flights from Yangon, which can take 2 hours 40 mins (with one stop in Dawei and Myeik).
History of Kawthaung aka Victoria Point in Myanmar
Kawthaung is a town located in the southernmost part of Myanmar, in the Tanintharyi Region. Formerly known as Victoria Point, Kawthaung is 800 kilometers from Yangon and 2,000 kilometers from the country's most northern tip. It is also one of the entry ports into Myanmar and only separated from Thailand by a broad estuary in the Pakchan River. Across the river is the border town of Ranong and visitors from Ranong could take a 30-minute boat trip to Kawthaung for sightseeing and shopping.
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Burma has opened up, yes – but there is a far-flung coast that is still untouched. A year ago I was sitting on the worn teak floor of an old monastery prayer room up in Burma's Shan Hills. There was Max, an Englishman who had lived in the country for many years and who had just asked me to name my special places in the world. I mentioned an oasis in the Egyptian desert and an island I had seen on the Mekong River, down by the Lao/Cambodian border. Paradise.
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Karimunjawa Islands, Java, Indonesia
The Karimunjawa islands is a group of 27 islands off the coast of central Java, Indonesia. With pristine sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters, these islands are the perfect picture of paradise. The best part about this place is that it isn’t swarming with tourists in comparison to some of the islands off of Bali. The diving and snorkelling here is worth travelling for as you have untouched reefs as you go island hopping.
Dos & Don'ts to Protecting Coral Reefs When Snorkeling in Nyaung Oo Phee Island or Mergui Archipelago
Being a tourist in the underwater world is arguably one of the most spectacular experiences you can have while traveling. Snorkeling or diving is a great way to get invested in the welfare of coral reefs, but it's important to do so safely by protecting the reefs themselves, protecting the marine life surrounding the reefs, and using eco-friendly practices when snorkeling and diving.