Bordering Mon State in the north, Thailand in the south and east, and facing Andaman Sea in the west, Taninthayi Division is situated in the southernmost part of Myanmar. The sea along Taninthayi coast is dotted with nearly 800 islands, of which those in the south are called the Myeik Archipelago. The division has an area of 16,735.5 square miles.
The division is a thinly populated area because the land is mountainous. Its total population is 1,327,000, with a population density of 64 persons per square mile. The majority of residents live along the coastal plains and river valleys. Launglon and Myeik townships have the highest population density, while that of Taninthayi and Bokpyin townships is only 14 to 15 persons per square mile.
The inhabitants of the division are Bamar, Kayin, Mon, Shan, Rakhine, Pashu or Malay, and Salon, who live mainly in Myeik Archipelago.
The majority of the inhabitants are Buddhists.
Most of the residents speak Myanmar.
How to get there?
There are regular flights from Yangon to Myeik, Dawei and Kawthaung, and the five star shipping line operates the cruise vessel M.V. Thanlwin to Kawthaung.