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The M&A Eco Beach Bungalows | The real Palauan Paradise
When you visit Palau for the first a visit, it is good to know that the capital Koror does not have a publicly available bath. Except if you are accommodated in a resort with its own artificial beaches - there is no place to go swimming or relaxing.
That is why a stay in the M&A Eco-Beach Bungalows is a real Palauan paradise, because we have the most attractive spot on the island, the best sand of all. Booking now to get the most out of our lovely accommodation!
Exploration of the Dawei Peninsula
Dawei was the culmination of my southern days...... beautifully pristine, vast sand shores that were an adventurous experience and natives who were so kind and eager to see more. It is a lovely city with some good restaurants, so I would suggest you spend a good day here, either before or after the exploration of the mainland.
There is a cobbled street to the most southern point of the penninsula, but to get to the beach, one has to drive on some rather rugged and tested paths (I had evaluated the paths in my beach description below). You have a good choice of bicycles, map availability, can help with coach ticketing and can also stock large backpacks while you explore the Sardinia.
When you are not sure on a roller, there are frequent busses to the small city of Aut Kyauk Wap in the southern part of the penninsula and from there it is only a 45 minutes walking distance to the San Sa Aw beaches (the Myanmar Paradise Bungalows location) or you can take a motortaxis.
Mototaxis can also take you to some of the other shores (e.g. Grandfather Beach, about 3000 kyats from Paradise Beach Bungalows), but to get the most out of the area and make the most of having your own bikes. There are very few accommodations on the mainland at the present time and at rush hour bookings are made well in advance, so you have to organize yourself.
Campsite on the shore is not permitted and we have been hearing tales of tourist being driven on in the midnight by the locals. Situated on the magnificent San Sa Aw beaches, this small bungalow has 10 bungalows made of wood. It is a 15-minute ride on a pretty rugged and winding road to get here, or you can take a motorcycle cab from the small city at the turnoff.
The bungalows are either doubles or doubles and have bed linen, bed linen, bed linen, and simple bathroom (cold showers), but without fans or AC. Every cottage has its own veranda with seaview, seats and a padded pad. It is harder to reachin' sin Htauk beaches. It is a 30-45-minute ride on a trail that is quite broad and shallow in some places, but quite precipitous and sand in others, and then a 15-minute stroll through the mangrove trees to the shore.
One of the big advantages of being here is that you have the Sin Htauk Bay on your front door and it is only a 5 minute stroll to the wonderful Tha Yaun Bay. Some of the best sandy areas are on the west side of the island. From Launglone there are a group of them that are easy to reach (Pa Nyit, Shan Maw, Tizit) and can be reached in a day trip from Dawei and the remainder is further southwards and is reachable via the towns of Ya Beh (Sin Htauk, Tha Yaun) and Aut Kyauk Wap (Po Po Kyauk, San Sa Aw).
There is also a southern most of the island (Myin Kwa Aw). A part of the peninsular exploration experience is the discovery of secluded shores, and there are many smaller coves that can be accessed by hikes around the promontories, over cliffs or by ferry, but these are the best and most easily accessed as a base:
It is a wonderful long, broad sand strip with a convent at one end (apparently there is a way behind, which goes to another smaller beach). From there the street goes through meadows and meanders on a small, rough trail with sharp serpentines up and over a small hills. In about 20 min. you will come to a crossroads leading to the right to the Pa Nyit and to the right to the Shan Maw bath.
We' ve gone to the latter and from here we go to a small town and keep to the right until we are on a path through rice paddies and there is a bend to the lefthand side leading down to the shore. At the northern end of the shore there is a small fishermen town with a seafood fair, which is ideal for hiking.
Walking along the shore for 15 minutes you come to a broad sand dunes where no one else is. Approximately 5 km southwards of Louanglone, turn right onto a very straight sand path, which is surrounded by palms on both sides (note: on the map, it looks as if the path is about 100 metres further up the street than it actually is).
Continue up and over the mound and you will arrive in the hamlet of Tizit. Continue through the town and you will come to a shallow, sand river bed over which you can roll before entering the town. Leaving your bicycle here near the shore and go to the south end of the shore for a swim, away from the fishermen' s yachts.
Most of the time the path is a broad sand path (similar to the Tizit beaches trail), but there are a few rougher, more steep stretches, so pay attention to them. It winds over a mound and through meadows for about 30 mins. (about 8 km).
You will then cross a small hamlet and immediately look for a sharp trail down to the right with a small red road labelled'Zum Strand'. Bicycle parking here and follow the mangrove signage for about 15 min. to Sin Htauk Bay.
The Tha Yaun shore is only 5 min walking distance from here and begins right behind the bungalows adjacent to the restaurants. The one of the most popular is a very long sandstrand ( "we went down by scooter for 10 min. and haven't finished yet!").
There were some quite big swells when we were there, but if you go to the northernmost point you come to the mouth that divides it from the Tha Yaun beaches, and here there is a laguna where you can swimm without being flooded by them! There is a turnoff to Po Po Po Kyauk in the small town of Aut Kyauk Wap.
Shortly after you have crossed a dirty soccer field on the right side (coming from the north), look for a broad sand path. At the end there is a kind of pavillon and behind it a small path over the hills. Continue up and down to the sea (if you like, you can park your bicycles at the pavillon and go on foot for the last 5-10 minutes).
Myanmar Paradise Bungalows and a wonderful cove with a broad sand coast offering a fantastic view of the sun. There are big bungalows in front of the sea, but at the north end of the sea it is more protected and better for a swim. It was one of the few places where we saw other visitors (all in the bungalows like us).
At Aut Kyauk Wap and just after the turnoff to Po Po Po Kyauk Strand, look out for another turnoff on the right with a few tea shops on each side and a large blank shield for Myanmar Paradise Bungalows on a peer group. Continue along this path through the edge of the town and cross a small mound (part of the path has a small piece of asphalt that makes it easier).
At the other side of the mound the road to the right leads to a fishermen town, and what looks like an impossible path on the right side is marked to the bungalows, take the small path. Continue up and around the top of the ridge and then down to the shore, making sure you come across bicycles that go the other way and there is no place to go.
Shortly before the path reaches the shore, it turns right and continues for 100m until it ends up in the bungalow area. It is the most southern part of the island and is a broad sandy stretch of land behind which the street runs. It is the only one that does not have to be reached by a path, but the sandy area is quite filthy and not the most beautiful of the two.
Continue along the street down the southern part of the island. Below, the street turns right and then follows behind the shore. Choose a place to relax and go to the shore or take a scooter to the shore (beware of the smooth sand). While you are sailing through the penninsula, you cross small towns and fishermen's towns, and the kids often go out to say hello as you go by.
When you come from the southern direction from Huanglone and just after passing Yway's restaurants, look out for a turn-off to the right leading to a sand path with a photo of a gold rocks at the side of a crag. Follow this path up the hillside with sharp serpentines and finally you will come to a lookout point at the top with stunning 360 degrees view of the promontory and Dawei's own gold rocks.
Blend with indigenous pagodas in Myat Shin Maw Pagoda: At the southern tip of the penninsula is Myat Shin Maw Pagoda, a buddhistic sanctuary with small sanctuaries on various plains connected by cliffs.