Disclaimer: In accordance with the current notification from the Myanmar Dept. of Internal Affairs, Tanintharyi Township is still off limits to those on tourist Visa’s. This Blog was provided to us by Life Seeing Tours and is intended for those who want to push the boundaries of where you are permitted to travel in Myanmar. As of March 2014 local township officials have started to let explorers stay in town instead of putting them on a return bus immediately, So head down and see what you can find.
Tanintharyi is a beautiful and calm town nestled in the mountains beside the Tanintharyi river without any western influence. The river is still the bathing and washing place either in the morning or in the evening for the local people. During the mid day heat the river bank provides plenty of trees to relax under.
A small town on the road between Myeik and Thailand this jungle enclosed township earns its living from river trade, rubber and be betal nut production. The township was settled by the English and so has a number of beautiful low scale wodden buildings.
Things to do;
Watching the boats come and go from the mountain top. You can hire a boat for the day to go around on the river. (Price from 15.000 Kyats). The boat can take you up the main river and also to a tributary with a scenic waterfall. It may also be possible to get up as far as the Tanintharyi Nature Reserve.
Go for a stroll through the lovely and green town and say hello to the locals. They are loving it.
Where to Stay:
There is only one choice. The manager could not write the name in roman letters, so let’s call it the Tanintharyi Guesthouse. It is a five minute walk from the highway drop off.
All rooms come with fan and mosquito nets. Shared bathroom. Power supply from 4.00 am to 6.00 am and from 9.00 am to 11.30 pm. No internet access. No ATM or money changer.
Singles: 8.000 Kyats, Doubles: 16.000 Kyats
Where to Eat:
Curry House over looking the Pier, breathtaking views from the belcony.
Speciality; Prawn Curry Our Favourite; Bakery Sweets
Zwe Thu Htun Juice Shop; A lot of fruit shake stations. Fruits depending on the season.
Speciality; Jelly Fish Salad Our Favourite; mango shake without cream and sugar. Just marvellous.
Departure: Price: 3.000 Kyat, Duration: departs 8am around 5 hours
By bus from Myeik:
I can advice to sit in the front row, because the other rows are very narrow and also cargo will be stored under the seats. There are no aircon buses down this way. The dusty and bumpy road makes it not a comfortable ride. Cost 4,000 kyat
With some persistance and a little sneeky it is also possible to continue south to Bokpyin Township. Click here to see our Blog on Bokpyin