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This article is about the town in Kayin State, Myanmar. For other uses, see Myawaddy (disambiguation).
Main Street looking east
Main Street looking east
Myawaddy is located in Myanmar
Location in Myanmar (Burma)
Coordinates: 16°41′16″N 98°30′30″E / 16.68778°N 98.50833°E / 16.68778; 98.50833Coordinates: 16°41′16″N 98°30′30″E / 16.68778°N 98.50833°E / 16.68778; 98.50833
Country  Myanmar
Division Kayin State
District Myawaddy District
Township Myawaddy Township
Population (2014) 195,624
 • Religions Buddhism
Time zone MMT (UTC+6.30)

Myawaddy (Burmese: မြဝတီ) is a town in southeastern Myanmar, in Kayin State, close to the border with Thailand. Separated from the Thai border town of Mae Sot by the Moei River (Thaung Yinn River), the town is the most important trading point between Myanmar and Thailand.

On 6 August 2010, a bomb exploded in the car park of a crowded market in Myawaddy, killing two men and seriously injuring four others.[1]


Friendship Bridge linking Myawaddy with Mae Sot.

The border-crossing is a major route for the export of Burma's gems,[2] many of which have their provenance changed once across the border.[3]


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  2. ^ Chien, Choo Tse (2004) "Border Areas & Into Burma Photo Gallery" at, archived here on 9 February 2005 by Internet Archive
  3. ^ Naylor, Thomas (2009) "The underworld of gemstones Part II: in the eye of the beholder" Crime, Law and Social Change 53(3): 211–227, doi:10.1007/s10611-009-9221-1

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