Tanintharyi is Myanmar’s most southern Region, running down the eastern border of Thailand, and is bordered by Mon state in the north and the Andaman Sea to the west. Tanintharyi is a beach bum’s dream. The coastline consists of long, sandy beaches fronting almost everywhere uninhabited islands, most of which have seen very few visitors. Away from the beaches are the towns, which have centuries of history behind them as trading posts with both the East and West. For this reason all of them have a harbor.
Trade brought foreigners to Tanintharyi as far back as 1545, when a Portuguese expeditionary chronicle refers to Tanancarim. That Portuguese rendering became Tenasserim in later European records. To these days, Tanintharyi’s proximity to Thailand means that there is a constant movement of both goods and people across the border.
Taninthary Division is full of natural resources, from metals in the mines to pearls form the aptly named Pearl Island. The region also produces rice, coconut, rubber, betel nut and dhani. In the Myeik Archipelago as well as around the Dawei Peninsula and its islands there are interesting sea shore for diving and snorkeling.
The economical centers are the three towns Kawthaung in the far south, Myeik and especially Dawei as the region’s capital.