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In a nutshell
Sarong clad men with beatle nut stained teeth & yellow powdered cheeks of smiling Burmese women await you in gritty Kawthoung.
Night life is pretty much non existant, well nightlife as I know it anyway. Well, lets just say, that you can sit down and eat noodles, a Hot Yellow Fish Curry, or any other seafood fancy, at any establishment that strikes you as appertising. Then order some beers, Mandalay Beer is a nice beer. Much better than Singer or Beer Chand in Thailand. And its soo cheap, I think about $3 for a 2 litre pitcher.
I had a few beers with my guides. Which was good. Because I didn't get annoyed by the local working girls. I heard from the guides that Kawthaung has a somewhat skanky nightlife, with third rate kareoke bars and working girls. Mainly frequented by burmese fishermen. I didn't see any of these establishments.
Dress Code: Ummmm, Hmmmm! Well I reckon go as you are, as you will only be visiting a hole in the wall, or family owned eating establishment.
Updated Nov 30, 2003
Address: All over the place.
There is a lot of controversy as to whether tourists should even visit the country. Mainly because as visiting tourists your money is funding the repressive government, steer clear of official sounding business. Also avoid the diving centre, better to go with Thai companies.
Written Feb 29, 2012
Well, not sure if this is quite a tourist trap. As we arrived on land in Myanmar, we were asked if we wanted any cigarettes or alcohol. We had already said no to the guy's on our boat. My boyfriend then decided yes, we were asked what we smoked. We were told that they could sell us a similar type of cigarette to Marlboro light. We agreed, we were told off by the guy's on the boat as they said that we had overpaid and should have gone through them. We thought it sounded cheap. When we got back to Thailand we tried a cigarette, it was pretty foul and we could not finish it. I think that they were called Golden Elephant? We left most of the carton in our room where we were staying and kept a packet or two as a souvenir.
Unique Suggestions: If you want a souvenir that fine, if you a cigarette that is similar then don't bother.
Written May 30, 2008