Welcome to Dawei, Myanmar.
Recently promoted to the capital city of the Tanintharyi Division, Dawei is a trading hub and quickly progressing town, the true size of the city is hidden beneith the coconut and betelnut palms which give the city a tropical jungle feel. The people are delightfully friendly and is a good place to base yourself as you explore the surrounding beaches. Attractions include Paya Ge Art works, historical colonial architecture, early morning fish market and a delightful array of cottage industries.
Things to do;
Paya Ge Museum
Located on the main grounds of the largest pagoda in town this recently opened centre displays the beautiful history of this rich region. Bronze coins, vase’s, portraits and large wooden Buddha’s is just a sample of what is on display.
How to get there; 500m walk from town centre, donation at the door.
Eat an Upha Moe
Speciality Dawei Dessert, traditional dessert made from a very thin batter of coconut milk, rice, and egg. The batter is then poured into a very small wok over a wooden cooker, with an extra clay pot containing embers placed ontop to create a micro oven heating the Upha from both sides. The wafer thin morang is then carefully removed from the wok and remains in the shape of a bowl served on a banana leaf. Be forewarned they can be frightfully messy to eat.
How to find; can find in markets also near U Naing teashop between 6-8pm Cost 15 cents each.
Dawei River Boat Tour
Annother viewof the city as you drift past on a traditional Myanmar longtail boat. the river banks are home to a wide variety of wildlife including white herons, kingfishers, and stalks. How to get there; phone 09 40045 9504, Tuk Tuk leaves at 4pm returns approximately 6;30pm. Cost USD10 minimum 3 persons.
Located 2 doors down from the main junction mosque, these hand chiseling carvers use local wood and traditional . The foot powered jig saw will cut about 5 foot of designs a day and the hand carvers do about 3 feet. Pieces are very reasonabily priced and a great gift for your Mum.
Most certainly the most beautiful of the reclining Buddha’s in the South, at 255ft long this was the largest in Myanmar as recently as 4 years ago. The best time to see the Buddha is mid to late afternoon when the lower sun reflects directly off the golden body.
Historic Buildings and Paya Ge Art works,
The area around Paya Gee has a number of beautiful private wooden houses and monastries built in a blend of burmese and european architecture from the early 20th century.
Dawei Mountain Bike Club,
Very active, mountain bike club. rides every sunday morning tourists more than welcome. If you wish to ride please phone 09 410 04256.
Popular local beach only 25 minutes west from central Dawei. Maungmagan is a delightul undeveloped beach, local childern swim in innertubes and small stalls sell delicious traditional food. For more information about the beach please visit our Maungmagan Beach Page.
Where to Eat;
Aunty Sui Sui’s (Daw San curry house)
Traditioanl Burmese style food in a friendly atmosphere, you know its good when its well frequented by locals during the lunchtime rush.
Speciality; Beef Curry Our Favouriste; Potato and Chicpea curry
How to get there; 151 Hospital Road, large green shadecloth and palm trees outside.
Dawei’s top Business Restaruant, Set on the outside lawn Kawsya and the boys have Myanmar on tap.
Speciality; Cooked Prawn Salad Our Favourtie; Pork Cashews with vege and the spicy Squid (we were hungery that day)
How to get there; centrally located 200m walk from Zayar Htet San Hotel, Cost circa USD 5
Dream Journey Cafe
Quality coffee and pastries to get you moving in the morning. checkout the Ford religh being lovely restored by its owner.
Speciality; Americano Our Favourite; Chocolate Donut
How to get there; two doors down from Shwe Moung Than (the Pink Hotel)
Where to Stay;
We reccomend staying at Shwe Moung Than which is a new Hotel with airconditioned rooms for USD 18. For a full list of accomodation options in Dawei please visit our Dawei Hotels Page.