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Sarong clad men with beatle nut stained teeth & yellow powdered cheeks of smiling Burmese women await you in gritty Kawthoung.
We crossed over into Burma to get our Thai visa. It was our intention to come back to Burma in a month or so and spend more time there. Due to events taking place this was not possible as visa's were only being issued from your home country. This brief visit gave us a brief glimpse.more
This statue Immortifies one of Burmas most famous and respected Kings: King Bayinnaung. The local guys who were showing me around proudly told me his story.The Guff: King Bayinnaung inherited the throne in 1550 and re-established Burman control over Lower Burma. Between 1552-1555 he destroyed the power of the Shan states and laid the foundations of...more
This Lovely Buddha is Housed in the Third Mile Temple. Its craftsmanship is very different to those Buddha found in nearby Thailand. Notice that there are more Indian Style facets to its look. Although its features are undoubtedly South East Asian. Also look and the strange gesture that the hands are making. That seems very sub-continental to...more
This is an old temple with a new face. It was almost completely rebuilt in the 1950s. Even so it was construction in the Burmese style.This temple heralds a main stupa that is gilded with an octagonal base containing eight inches each filled with a seated Buddha. On the highest level, the Buddha sits on a lotus flower, protected by the Naga or...more
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.
Kawthoung is accessable from Ranong in Thailand. Many people only use the boat to exit and reenter Thailand, thereby allowing them to stay another 15 days. If you want to stay you have to pay $10 in crisp bills. If you come back in a small group you'll have to negotiate with a boatman to take you back.more
Transport to Kawthoung (Victoria Point) is probably easiest from Ranong, Thailand which is located about 30 to 40 minutes by long tail boat just across a wide estuary that empties out into the Adaman Sea. It is possible t fly into Kawthoung from the capital of Yangon, Myanmar...but it was our experience to hire a boat and driver from the docks in...more
A wonderful way to enter Burma/Myanmar is to go by boat across the Estuary from the Thai City of Ranong. Itself a nice destination.Go to the docks in Ranong and negotiate a passage to Burma with some of the local boat drivers. You'll have to go on a Motobike taxi, just say I am going to Burma Ferry, and the Moto driver will know to take you...more
Kawthoung is definately not a shoppers Paradise. But there is some shopping to be done there.There are no real shopping streets, or shopping areas because not only is Kawthoung only really a fishing town, it is also quite a small town too.The best way to shop is to just meander through the streets and look inside alot ofthe Corrugated Iron...more
These burmese cigars look like a jumbo version of the indian "bidis". A rolled leave with crushed leaves inside and a carton filter; I guess it is tobacco, but I'm not so sure about it (it is no drug, anyway).They are greenish in colour and they are quite strong. They are ridicously cheap, especially at the stalls in the port area.more
There are a few local shops on the main street going from the port to the hill. You can buy very nice sarongs and other tissues at very good prices. Many Burmese sarongs have a blue/cyan squares design, that is much different from the Thai or Indonesian ones. Most other goods on sale are chinese.more
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.
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.