Dawei Travel GuideDaweei travel guide
Burma's Dawei area, with its beautiful, largely unspoilt coast, jungles and a variety of isles, has more tourist attractions than anywhere else on the coast.
Burma's Dawei area, with its beautiful, largely unspoilt coast, jungles and a variety of isles, has more tourist attractions than anywhere else on the coast. Although it is the main city and administration center of the Tanintharyi area, the old city of Tavoy itself is much smaller than Mawlamyine or Myeik and has a very relaxed, almost sleepless feeling.
Dawei comes from one of his tumultuous neighbors and could be a real shock. From the Andaman Sea, the city is divided by the small Dawei promontory bordered by the water. Situated next to the city, the homonymous boggy stream marks the east side of the promontory and heads southwards to hit the coastline in a dark mangrove-covered muzzle.
It is a small city on a lowland area and consists of several north-south and east-west alignments. Also the city center has not much of the new building that you will see in Myeik. Most of the city seems to have not evolved in years; Dawei is one of the best populations of Burma's best old rural population.
Over half of the city center dates from the time when it was known as Tavoy. Although it functions as a small riverbank harbour, perhaps without the large ports of its neighbors, it must have been a quiet administration station rather than a busy trade and trade harbour under under colonial domination.
This all makes for a very pleasant city. With their non-stop Minga bars, the local people are not as crowded as in cheeky Myeik, nor are the tourist numbers of the ever more beloved Manlamyine. A comfortable country cross to the Thai Kanchanaburi provinces (see below) and a beginning leakage of the term, things will quickly turn around, as Dawei has a big edge over'M and M': its beautiful sands.
The name Dawei is also the name of the group. It also has the ecclectic past known to other Andaman seaside cities, with the influence of Portugal, Holland and Thailand before the advent of the Brits in the early nineteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Since Dawei was so near Siam, he came under their command for a long time.
Like Sittwe, Dawei is considered the humidest area in Burma. The Indian Ocean monsoons are directed from the Indian Ocean to Dawei at the top of a shallow, low-lying mouth and with mounds only to the east and south. Together with the swelled stream that flows out of the hilly inland, much of the city center is flooded on a regular basis during the wet seasons.
Go to Dawei before everyone else does! If you are not a big fans of the beaches, the city itself offers a great stark contrasts to Mawlamyine and Myeik. Htee Klee and Pum Nam Ron in the Thai Kanchanaburi region are now open to international travel. The Htee Klee lies four to five hrs eastwards of Dawei on a not too poor street, while Pum Nam Ron lies 90 min southwhwest of Kanchanaburi on a good one.
About six kilometers of no man's country lie between the two immigrant points and although usually Thai mini buses drive up and down the Burmesian side when you drive a motorbike, you will be stung for about 100 BT. Coming from Dawei you will find on the parking lot on the frontier of Thailand mini bus counters - theoretically every hour, but in fact always when they are full - waiting until you get your Thai entrance postmark on the other side of no man's country.
On the Thai side, mini buses take you to Kanchanaburi coach terminal, which runs regularly to Bangkok. If you leave early, it is easy enough to drive Dawei to Bangkok in both directions in one single working days. Although we cannot guarantee the services, the owner Go-Southern Myanmar has a 1,600 Bt per passenger Bangkok to Dawei mini van shuttle from Khao San Road at 09:30 and arrives in the early afternoon.
There are strong suspicions that they are having trouble to fill their mini-buses, so irregular planning is likely, but as the number of visitors to Dawei increases, this experience will also be improved. Go South Myanmar also offers a full days excursion to explore the Dawei Peninsula with various sandy spots, lagoons and even a cascade inland, as well as a scenic walk to a nearby village and fisherman's town.
The cost of a full excursion across the mainland is 62,000 kyats for two people; 51,000 for four to six or 44,000 or more. Please also be aware that from the beginning of 2016 the Three Pagodas' Passport further North is no longer an officially designated intersection.
There are three major highways, Bogyoke, Ye and Pakauku Kyaung (with different spellings) and two major highways, Niban and Arzarni. Situated to the western side is the marshy Dawei river, and to the southern and eastern sides, the city quickly disappears into rice fields and ranches. Recent developments are taking place along the riverbank to the northern side of the center and near the conn. brigde.
It is easy to explore the main part of the city on walking distance. There are a few better places to eat in Dawei today. The northerly prolongation leads to the Dawei River and further to the coastline. The Shwe Taung Tsar Pagoda, the most important in the city center, is situated just to the east of Niban.
The Ye Road, which cuts through the centre, has most of the city's accommodations on or next to it. Situated to the south of Niban along the eastern side of Niban, an exciting new one was not finished until early 2016 just outside the city. You will find the policemen at Arzarni Street, while the postal service is behind the south-eastern intersection of Ye and Arzarni.
Across the viaduct, the 12km to Maungmakan and the coastline over the low peninsular mounds, while the Myeik motorway runs a few kilometers outside the city to Shwe Thalyaung Pagoda and a huge lying Buddha. It is 331 kilometers northern and Myeik about 250 kilometers southern.
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