After 50 years of isolation the south of Myanmar is opening up slowly. There are plenty of places and beaches to discover. The lively capital Dawei and the fishing town Myeik haven’t changed much since the countries opening. Discover Myeik, which is one of the biggest fishing towns in Myanmar. Enjoy cruising to the mergui archipelago for snokeling. Overland drive to Dawei, the capital in the south of the Myanmar, also known as Tavoy. One of the first cities, where the English settled after the 1st Anglo-Burmese in 1826. The town has a long lasting history and picturesque buildings from the colonial times. Explore Dawei and its famous beach Maung Ma Gan.
Day 1: YANGON - MYEIK ARRIVAL (-/-/-)
- Arrive by airplane from Yangon. After check in we will explore Myeik, which is one of the biggest fishing towns in Myanmar. We will talk about its incredibly interesting history. Already in the early 17th century the East Indian Trading Company were unloading their ships at the ports of Myeik. Most of the goods would go inland and from there up to Tanintharyi and further on to the old capital of Siam Ayutthaya. “Beik” as the locals call there hometown produces everything for the fishing industry what is needed. Have you ask yourself where all the seafood comes from? We visit a softshell crab and a lobster farm to show a little bit of the fishing industry.
After a stroll through the old colonial quarter visit the Royal Pearl trading shop which has been owned by the same family for over 150 years. We will have a chance to learn about the pearl industry and how difficult it is to cultivate them. In the later afternoon we leave from Seik Nge jetty with a traditional wooden boat to Pahtaw Island (10mins) to visit the reclining Buddha. After a short walk we can enjoy the panoramic sunset views from the top of the hill.
Accommodation at Grand Jade Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Myeik.
Day 2: MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO DAY TRIP (B/L/-)
- 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 and forget about the outside world. We will return in the afternoon to Myeik.
Accommodation at Grand Jade Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Myeik.Please note: The Mergui Archipelago will be a joint tour with other customers. Program might change on tide and weather conditions.
Day 3: MYEIK - DAWEI OVERLAND (B/-/-)
- After breakfast we leave for Dawei. 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, plane and ferry boats were the only way of transport. We will take the old ferry crossing just outside of Myeik to connect with the daily life of the people.
Lunch along the way in a clean local restaurant. Our drive takes us through tiny villages. We will stop every now and then to discover the daily lives of the rural community. One village is named eat no rice, what history is behind this scurrile name we let you know on the way.
Dawei is the capital of Tanintharyi division in the south of the Myanmar, formerly known as Tavoy. Dawei 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.
Check into your hotel for refreshments. 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). Otherwise we will take a nearby walk along Dawei’s authentic river front.
Accommodation at Golden Guest Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Dawei
Day 4: DAWEI - MAUNG MA GAN BEACH (B/-/-)
- We will have a look around to get a picture of Dawei’s daily life and famous sights. A family owned cashew nut business with its ever smiling workers will show us how much work it is to peel one nut. How people can make a living in Dawei is the question we will ask on the way to San Maria Beach. By the end of the day we hope you have all the answer you need.
Most of the farming nowadays is rubber plantation. How the white rubber sheets are made we will show you at one of the uncountable plantations. 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.
We will have lunch in front of Myaw Yit Pagoda, connected by a bridge with the main land. 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.
On the way back we can stop at hot springs to wash the salt of. It is been said, that the 60 C hot waters have healing powers.
In the late afternoon we reach the well-known Maung Ma Gan Beach. Enjoy the relaxed and uncrowded beach atmosphere with a sun downer and a delicious seafood dinner. Return to your hotel after a fabulous sunset.
Accommodation at Golden Guest Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Dawei or Maung Ma Gan Beach.
Day 5: MORNING MARKET STROLL & YANGON DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
- Breakfast at your hotel. If there is enough time until your departure we are taking a stroll to the busy main market and do some souvenir shopping. We have a closer look at the traditional medicine, which until is widely used. The tiny clay pottery village just 5 minutes from our hotel produces everything, which is in need. Enjoy the atmosphere of the town while walking around to the sites. Transfer to airport and flight to Yangon.