at the southernmost tip of Myanmar. Kawthaung was also known as Victoria point during colonial times. The city is really rotten, but the area around with the islands, the pagodas, the mosques and the bustling sea travel is a optical pleasure.
Its somehow a glimpse into the old days during English colonial times. It reminds to Joseph Conrad and Maurice Collis. See the great Kawthaung photo and we also have a video here. Its a very old real oriental city where life has not changed since hundreds of years also most native people got replaced by Indian, Pakistani who came in during colonial times and Chinese. In recent years there are plenty of Bangladeshi who come down from the north in search of a place to stay after leaving their totally overcrowded country. The most interesting scenes is the sea traffic, the people and the islands with pretty pagodas, jungle and beaches.
Travel to Kawthaung
South Myanmar Border at Kawthaung
Kawthaung Casino opposite the city
Island monastery and pagoda
Trip leaving Ranong for Myanmar
Kawthaung Harbor is a rather rotten place
If someone wants to travel anywhere
outside the city it needs to enter the country via Yangon and go south from there. This is this paradox and weird situation since the immigration at Kawthaung is on the same computer as Yangon Airport means the have the access to control the people coming and going.
If they would get rid of this border nonsense a big push for the local economy would be the result because the countryside above and under the water surface is beautiful and very attractive.
Probably the best shooting is done when entering the town with the boat and do the turn behind the first immigration office at the island before the city. This sea traffic is a real great visual experience and reminds to Joseph Conrad and Maurice Collis, see our e-books.