Discover the pearls of southern Myanmar and hidden gems on this journey of Dawei – Myeik – Kawthaung. Learn about daily life and famous sights, such as picturesque buildings from the colonial times and fishing villages. The tour wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Mergui Islands and some time to enjoy the unspoiled beaches and clear water. For those who love the sea, southern Myanmar is a wonderful trip for you to admire the wonderful sea view.
Myanmar 7-day tour: Dawei – Myeik – Kawthaung
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Enjoy the scent of the sea in Myanmar!
Flight from Yangon to Dawei. After pick-up from the airport and hotel check-in, we will have a look around to get a picture of Dawei’s daily life and famous sights.
Dawei is the capital of the Tanintharyi division in the south of Myanmar, formerly known as Tavoy. It was one of the first cities where the English settled after the 1st Anglo-Burmese in 1826. As a result, the town has a long history and picturesque colonial-era buildings.
On our tour, we will have a little excursion into traditional Southern Myanmar medicine. A family-owned cashew nut business with its ever smiling workers will show us how much work it is to peel one nut (seasonal). We will stop by old colonial buildings and get to know what their purpose was. The day tour is also about getting in touch with locals. Stop wherever you want and ask whatever you’d like to know.
If time permits, we will visit the Tanintharyi Regional museum in the evening. The museum has a collection of bronze coins, vases, portraits, and large ancient wooden Buddha images. It also has a history of the Moken, who are sometimes called “Sea Gypsies.”
We finish the day with a walk along Dawei’s authentic river front. Watch the locals playing the traditional Burmese football game called “chin lone,” where players circle up to keep a cane ball with special moves off the ground.
Overnight in Dawei.
Breakfast at your hotel, we will drive to San Maria Beach. Most of the farming nowadays is rubber plantations. Besides the rubber trees, there is another big industry, dried fish. We can find out how long fish have to lie in the sun in one of the fishing villages. Everywhere in Tanintharyi Division, you can find beetle nut trees. They even export the beetle nuts to India.
Afterwards, we are going for a swim or simple stroll along San Maria beach. Be prepared to be the only one at the beach for the day, as mass tourism is still a long way off. We will have a picnic lunch on the beach near Myawyik pagoda, which is only connected to the mainland by a bridge.
Later on, we visit the local hot springs, whose waters have been known for their healing powers for centuries. In the afternoon, we will be on our way to the well-known Maung Ma Gan beach. Enjoy and relax in an uncrowded beach atmosphere with a fabulous sunset.
Overnight in Dawei.
Dawei beach in sunset
After breakfast, we leave for Myeik. These 230 kilometers of road have been closed to foreigners for a long time. In the past, even locals needed a permit to pass on that road. Just a few miles after Dawei, we visit the Shin Mok Hti pagoda, which can be dated back to 1438 and houses original pieces of the bodhi tree.
Our drive takes us through tiny villages. We will stop every now and then to discover the daily lives of the rural community. After lunch along the way, we reach Myeik in the late afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Myeik.
Myeik dry fish products
After breakfast, visit Myeik. For lunch, we take you to a traditional fried rice noodle shop, where Myeiks’ all-time favorite food, Kyi Kite, is made.
Another widely used industry in Myeik is the harvesting of bird nests. We take you to one of the bird hotels and let you know what it is good for. As many nations came together, the local cuisine became a mix of Burmese, Thai, Malaysian, and Indian. We can have a taste of it at the local snack market for the specialties.
The pearl industry is another of Myeik’s local specialties. How difficult it is to cultivate them will be explained at the Pearl trading shop, which has been run by the same family for over a hundred years.
After a long day and many impressions, it is time to spend a quiet sunset with a 180-panoramic view over Myeik and the islands either from the Thein Daw Gyi pagoda.
Overnight in Myeik.
Myeik simple sea food lunch
After breakfast, we will start our discovery of the Mergui Archipelago. We leave from Seik Nge Jetty (Main Jetty) in Myeik. We observe the daily lives of the fishermen during a short visit to one of the villages along the way. After about a 2-hour cruise along pristine waters, we reach an inhabited beach with snorkeling possibilities. Now it is time to relax and kick back. Go for a snorkel in clear waters, or just relax in the shade on the beach, float in the ocean, or just play on the beach. A packed lunch will be served on the beach, together with fresh fruits and cold drinks.
Enjoy the beach, then we will return in the afternoon to Myeik.
Overnight in Meyik.
Mergui Archipelago scuba diving
After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Kawthaung. A driver will pick you up from the airport in Kawthaung.
There is very little known about Kawthaung’s history, formerly known as Victoria Point. Before Kawthaung established itself, Maliwan was the main port in the most southern part of Myanmar, but the shores were too shallow for big ships. So Kawthaung was founded in the late 19th century about 25 miles to the south.
Our first stop is Mali Wan waterfall. The all-year waterfall and its park are a great place to have a traditional lunch. Feel free to take a swim or relax under some shady trees.
Afterwards, we will visit the famous King Bayinnaung statue, which greets visitors from the cape. It is said he was widely accepted in Thailand for his policy to leave the country ruling be his own King. Bayinnaung only demanded loyalty. Nearby Victoria Point is the most southern part of Myanmar and a great photo opportunity.
Our last stop of the day is 5-5-5 mountain, as the locals call it. At sunset, you can see the whole town and the nearby islands of the Mergui Archipelago from the top of the hill.
Overnight in Kawthaung.
Kawthaung King Bayinnaung Statue
After breakfast, we take you to the airport for your flight back to Yangon.
If you have more time, you can extend a few days at Victoria Cliff Resort, Nyaung Oo Phee Island A unique opportunity to discover our “One Island, One Resort” concept built on an unexplored island in the Andaman Sea of Southern Myanmar.
Kawthaung Nyaung Oo Phee Island
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Our Service Include:
- (6) Nights accommodation with daily breakfast.
- All transfers and sightseeing are by private air-conditioned car.
- Private car transfer from Dawei to Myeik
- Islands visited by boat.
- 3 Domestic air tickets (Yangon – Dawei & Myeik – Kawthaung -Yangon).
- Experienced English-speaking local tour guides in each city.
- All entrance fees & all zone fees.
- Full support from your Travel Consultant before, during and after your trip.
- Government tax & Service charges.
Our Service exclude:
- International Flights.
- Meals & Drinks (Lunch & Dinner).
- Visa arrangements and services.
- Tipping the guides/drivers.
- Other personal expenses.
- Other items not mentioned.