Discover the pearls of southern Myanmar and hidden gems on this journey of Dawei – Myeik – kawthaung. Learn about daily life and famous sights, picturesque buildings from the colonial times and fishing villages. The tour would not be complete without a visit Mergui Islands and enjoying unspoiled beaches and clear waters.
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 Tanintharyi division in the south of the 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 lasting history and picturesque buildings from the colonial times.
On our tour we will have a little excurse in 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 at 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 like to know.
If time permitted we will visit in the evening Tanintharyi Regional Museum. The museum displays a collection of bronze coins, vase’s, portraits and large wooden ancient Buddha images as well as the history of Moken (Sea Gypsy People).
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 keep a cane ball with specular moves off the ground.
Breakfast at your hotel. We will drive to San Maria Beach. Most of the farming nowadays is rubber plantation. H Beside the rubber trees there is another big industry, dried fish. How long fish has to lie in the sun we can find out at 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 not surprised if you are the only one for the day at the beach as mass tourism is still far away. We will have picnic lunch on the beach nearby Myawyik Pagoda, which is only connect to the mainland by a bridge.
Later on we visit the local hot springs, which waters have be known for healing powers over centuries. In the afternoon we will be on our way to the well-known Maung Ma Gan Beach. Enjoy and relaxed at uncrowded beach atmosphere with a fabulous sunset.
After breakfast we leave for Myeik. These 230 kilometers of road have been closed for foreigners for a long time. In past even locals needed a permit to pass 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. Lunch along the way. We reach Myeik in the late afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast visit around Myeik. For lunch we take you to a traditional fried rice noodle shop, where Myeiks all-time favorite food Kyi Kite is made.
Another industry widely used industry in Myeik is the harvesting of bird nest. 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 of 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 is run by the same family for over a hundred years.
After a long day and many impressions it is time to spend a quite sunset with a 180 panoramic view over Myeik and the islands either from the Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda.
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 life of the fishermen during a short visit of one of the villages along the way. After about 2 hours cruise along pristine waters we reach an inhabitant beach with snorkeling possibility. Now it is time to relax and kick back. Go for a snorkel in clear waters or just enjoy in the shade on the beach or float in the ocean or just play on the beach. Packed Lunch will be served on the beach together with fresh fruits and cold drinks.
Enjoy the beach -we will return in the afternoon to Myeik.
After breakfast we transfer to you to the airport for your flight to Kawthaung. Pick up from the airport in Kawthaung.
It is very little known about Kawthaung 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 the 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 is a great place to have our have traditional lunch. Feel free to take a swim or relax under some shady trees.
Afterwards we will visit to the famous King Bayinnaung statue, which is greeting visitors from the cape. It is said he was very much 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. The hill offers a spectacular sunset view over the whole town and nearby islands of the Mergui Archipelago.
After breakfast we take you to the airport for your flight back to Yangon.
If you have more time you can extend a few day at Victoria Cliff Resort, Nyaung Oo Phee Island A Unique opportunity to discover our “One Island One Resort” concept built on unexplored island in the Andaman Sea of Southern Myanmar.
This private tour can be arranged for single traveler, couple, family and group tour. Prices vary according to hotel standard, when you travel, how many people you travel with, the level of private guiding required and the overall arrangements. We can easily customize the itinerary based on your budget, interests and schedule. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements
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