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Kayin (or Karen) state occupies eastern part of the Thaninthayi (Tenasserim) mountain range, and is bordered with Thailand's Tak and Mae Hong Son provinces on the east. Northern and eastern parts of the state are mountainous, and the low land slopes are found in the south and south-western areas that border Mon state. The Thanlyin (Salween) river runs through the middle of the state.

Kayin, Mon, Shan, Kayah, Bamar are the major groups of people living here. Main economy is agriculture and its related businesses. Rice, betelnut, ground nut, sesame, peas, beans, coffee, tea are grown. Rubber plantation are found in the southern areas. Evergreen forests cover roughly half of the region. Teak and other hard wood timber are important products of the region. Oppsoite Pha-An, on the western side the Thanlyin river there is a cement production plant in Myaing Ka Lay district.

Some of the eastern parts bordering Thailand are under the control of armed groups that are said to have been fighting the government forces. There are news (2004) that these insurgent groups have been in talks with the government for cease fire agreement and possible cooperation on the country building.

Than-daung, a hill station in colonial times is located in Kayin State, 43 km from Mawchi. Nestled in the cool mountains some 1,200 metres above sea level; with an extensive view of lush green hills, it is an ideal destination for nature-lovers.

Map of Kayin State

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