Accommodation costs were steep down south so we decided to cut our losses and head to Thailand. We travelled by the speedboat ferry to Kawthoung, passing through the islands we desired to see, our compensation was a blurry view through dirty, smeared windows. Despite the bad visibility we could still see hundreds of islands covered in mangroves and jungled peaks, with huge limestone cliffs and beautiful white sandy beaches zooming past us. We vowed to return. At Kawthoung we had our passports stamped for the last time at immigration and boarded a longtail boat to Ranong, the Thai side of the Kra Buri river.
We caught a glimpse of the Sea Gypsy communities as we weaved through the archipelago
The hundreds of beautiful islands we past so tantalisingly close and yet still so far out of reach - must get own boat!!
As we approached the border Myanmar's military presence became more blatant
Farewell Kawthoung, farewell Burma, thank you