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Dawei is the capital of the Tanintharyi Division, located in the Southeastern part of Myanmar. This place is currently in the process of development and renovations as it has been only three years since this place was publicly opened for tourism. But that’s the adventure in visiting this place; you won’t find tourist trails! The undeveloped sites and unmapped places make it quite perplexing even for escapade lovers.

The beauty of this city lies in its close vicinity to the sea i.e. the Andaman Sea. In addition to that, the city is enclosed by a small peninsula making the site quite attractive for an underdeveloped place.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Dawei is from November to February as this is the period that falls directly after the monsoon season. As a result you can expect it to be dry and warm although after February temperatures shoot up and it can get very dusty.

From June to October the rainy season hits Myanmar which means that flooding is common in remote areas and it can also rain every single day.

Check the below table for the general idea of Dawei weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.9 27.4 22
Feb 32.9 28.3 23.2
Mar 33.8 29.2 24.4
Apr 34.6 29.9 25.2
May 32.4 28.6 25.2
Jun 30.7 27.4 24.7
Jul 29.4 26.4 24
Aug 29.9 26.8 24.1
Sep 29.7 26.7 24.1
Oct 31.5 27.8 24.2
Nov 32.3 28.4 24
Dec 32.1 27.8 22.6

Dawei’s current weather and 7-day forecast


There is not much in the way of tourist infrastructure in Dawei, although this is one of the great charms of the region and you will also find gorgeous colonial architecture mixed with graceful Burmese temples and pagodas.

This is also a rather unexpected spot as, if you get out of the center of town, you will find a range of sandy beaches to enjoy.

Here are the best things to do in Dawei:

1. Check out Shwe Thalyaung Pagoda

If you want to explore Dawei properly then a great choice is a trip to the Shwe Thalyaung Pagoda which lies on the outskirts of town.

One of the best ways to get to the temple is to rent a bicycle in town and spend the day cycling through the leafy environs of Dawei.

The temple is located in the middle of a pretty forest and you will find a large statue of a reclining Buddha in the central chedi.

Shwe Thalyaung is also at the top of a large hill so this is also a good spot to walk up to and then check out the surrounding countryside from a height.

2. Visit a local teashop

Myanmar is known for its wonderful teashops and Dawei is no exception.

There are little local cafes dotted all over the city and you will find delicious snacks here like tea leaf salad and skewers of barbecued meats.

You can also try out the local tea which is poured from cup to cup to make it frothy or order larger dishes such as toothsome fried noodles.

3. Enjoy Nabule Beach

Nabule Beach is widely said to be one of the prettiest beaches in Dawei and it is also quite large so it never feels crowded, even if you visit at the weekend.

The beach is basically made up of a wide section of sand which backs on to stunning palm trees and there is even a charming pagoda actually located at one end of the beach.

It takes around 2 hours to get to the beach from Dawei but it is well worth the excursion if you want to spend the day relaxing on crisp sand and topping up your tan.

4. Learn some history at Tanintharyi Region Cultural Museum

Myanmar is not a country that has a great museum scene, but Dawei is something of an exception as it is the home of the Tanintharyi Region Cultural Museum.

Here you will find galleries dedicated to the history of Dawei and you can learn all about the different ethnic groups here such as the Moken and the Mon peoples.

There are also fascinating galleries of antiques here that have collections of ancient weapons, jewelry and ceramics like pottery.

5. Explore the Myaw Yit Pagoda

Myaw Yit Pagoda is a rather unusual pagoda in Dawei as it sits on a small scenic island which is located to the south of Maungmagan Beach.

Getting to the pagoda is half the fun as you will need to walk along a small path that takes you to a rickety wooden bridge that stretches to the island.

In addition to the pagoda you will also find a boardwalk that wraps around the island that is the perfect place to go for a stroll if you want to take in the spectacular sunsets.

6. Chill out on Teyzit Beach

Locals will tell you that Teyzit Beach is one of the prettiest in the region and is made up of white sand and clear seas.

It is around 25 miles away from Dawei, so you will need to visit it as part of a day trip, but it is more than worth the effort as this is one of the top spots for swimming in the local area.

There is a little fishing village that is located on the edges of the beach and you can dine on seafood here or drink from a fresh coconut.

7. Shop at Si Pin Tharyar Zei

You can’t visit Myanmar and not stop off in a local market to see the best produce on offer.

The main market in Dawei is called Si Pin Tharyar Zei although if you just ask for the ‘Main Market’ you will also find it.

Here you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, which are displayed in towering rows, and they also have some local textiles for sale as well as clothes and a few handicrafts from the region.

8. Eat seafood on the beach

As you would imagine, thanks to its abundance of beaches, seafood is a staple item on the menu in Dawei.

If you visit any of the beaches here, particularly Maungmagan Beach, then you can have a veritable feast on the sand as there are a number of local eateries serving up juicy prawns, crab and even lobster.

Many of the seafood restaurants that line the beaches of Dawei feature traditional style raised platforms and bamboo roofs that make them the perfect place to chill out after a good meal.

9. Visit Payagyi

Payagyi is the name for the main Buddhist monastery in Dawei and it is also known in English as the Big Pagoda.

The main feature here is a large gilded stupa that sits in the center of the main compound and you will also find ornate decorations at every turn.

This also includes glittering tiles, intricate carvings and sparkling gold leaf that cover the statues and Buddha images.

Also make sure to look out for the statue of Dharani who is worshipped at the Earth Goddess.

To that end, locals think it is good luck to touch her shoulders, breasts or thighs as they walk past.

10. Try the salad at Hlan Hlan Hnan

Many visitors to Myanmar may not realize that this is a country that loves to eat salad.

With that in mind however, the salad here is often different to salads in many other parts of the world and one of the best places to try it is in Dawei at Hlan Hlan Hnan.

Some of the varieties of salads here include a local herb called pennywort as well as citrus fruit, tomato and ginger salads.

Of course you can also get traditional pickled tea leaf salad as well.

11. Go on a motorcycle tour

Some of the distances in Dawei, especially if you want to go out of town to the surrounding beaches, can be a little far.

With that in mind, one of the best ways to get around when you are in town is to rent a motorcycle and tour around that way.

Some of the main destinations to tour around when you get your own set of wheels include Maungmagan Beach as well as Nabule Beach, or you can head to spots like the pretty Panyit Village that sits on the coast.

If you want to venture a little further then head to San Hlam and Teyzit Beach.

12. Take pictures of the Division Development Committee

For a change of pace in Dawei itself and a change from the markets, temples, and pagodas, make sure to check out the Division Development Committee.

This building is closed to the public but you can’t miss it as it is painted a lovely shade of mint green and dates from the colonial period.

The building was designed by the British and it makes a great place to come and take some pictures if you want to see a different side of Dawei.

13. Enjoy the Thingyan Festival

If you happen to be in Dawei during April then make sure not to miss out on the Thingyan Festival.

At this time, men in Dawei are expected to carry large models of deities made of bamboo, some of which measure up to 13 feet high.

They then dance in the streets while bands play the kalakodaun which is a king of long drum that originated in India.

One of the main reasons to witness the festival, or plan your trip to coincide with the month of April, is that this tradition is unique to Dawei, so you can’t see it anywhere else in Myanmar.

14. Eat at Forty Five Bakery

It can sometimes be difficult to get a good cup of coffee in Myanmar, depending on where you are, so with that in mind head to the Forty Five Bakery in Dawei.

Here you will find delicious (real) coffee as well as other drinks like milkshakes and fresh juices.

As this is a bakery, you can also expect pastries, cakes and sandwiches.

15. Relax on Maungmagan Beach

Arguably the main attraction in Dawei is Maungmagan Beach which is also sometimes spelled ‘Maungmakan’ depending on who you ask.

This is one of the most developed beaches in the area which means that it is more crowded but also has the widest range of amenities.

Dotted along the beach are a selection of tasty seafood restaurants and you can also get beer here at one of the local cafes and have a drink with your feet in the sand.

If you want to go for a walk along the coast then you can head in the north direction which will eventually take you to other beaches like Nabule Beach.

If you follow the path in the other direction then you will end up at the pretty Myaw Yit Pagoda.

Hla Hla Hnan

In addition to selling the requisite ingredients for leq·p’eq thouq (Burmese tea-leaf salad) this vendor also serves a selection of other equally delicious Burmese-style salads, including ginger, tomato, pennywort (a type of herb) and shauq·thi (a type of citrus fruit). You can eat on-site between 5pm and 10pm, or take away.

Add: Neik Ban St

Hours: 7am-10pm

Price: salads from K200

Tavoy Kitchen

Simple but cute restaurant-cafe with a friendly English-speaking owner. The vegetarian-friendly menu ranges from noodle and rice dishes to more adventurous options like a fish-ball coconut curry, as well as some Western dishes. It's fine for a coffee or a juice stop, too. No alcohol served but you can bring your own.

Add: 234 Phayar St

Hours: 10am-3pm & 5-10.30pm

Price: mains from K2000

Esso Seafood Restaurant

Many of the beachside restaurants at Maungmagan close during the week. This place stays open and offers good baked crab, prawn dishes, and steamed and grilled fish at reasonable prices. You eat on raised platforms under bamboo roofs. It's a few hundred metres north of Maungmagan Beach Resort.

Add: Maungmagan

Hours: 7am-10pm

Price: mains from K2500

Le Bistrot

Laidback, French-owned hole-in-the-wall restaurant. There's a vague Mediterranean theme to the menu – fresh gazpacho – but it also serves tasty pasta, good kebabs and burgers, plus breakfast. Coffee and smoothies are also available.

Add: Ye Rd

Hours: 9am-10pm

Price: mains from K3500

Meik Hswe

In addition to snacks and frothy tea, this friendly and popular Muslim teashop does tasty noodles, fine chicken paratha and, on Sundays, hearty biryani dishes (K2500). It's next door to a mosque: look for the small English sign.

Add: Neik Ban St

Hours: 5am-5.30pm

Price: tea & snacks from K400, mains from K1200

Pearl Princess Restaurant

We'd recommend avoiding the same-named hotel, but the attached restaurant offers a decent take on Chinese-style dishes, as well as more pricey seafood, and it's one of the busier restaurants in town at both lunch and dinner.

Add: 572 Ye Yeik Thar St

Hours: 7am-9.30pm

Price: mains from K2500

Tha Hto Daw San Family Rice & Curry Shop

Now in an expanded location, Daw San has been serving superior Burmese curries to the people of Dawei for over 40 years. They are all on display, so just point and pick. Be sure to add a vegetable dish (K500) to your order.

Add: 506 Hse Yone St

Hours: 10.30am-8.30pm

Price: mains from K2000

Budget options

New Power Hotel 

Add: No.250,Corner of Kamyaw Kin Street and Pone Kyun Steet Sin Ou Link Ward, 11111 Dawei, Myanmar

New Power Hotel is offering accommodation in Dawei. This 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The hotel features both free WiFi and free private parking.

The hotel offers a buffet or Asian breakfast.

Best House Guest House  

Add: No.94,Nyaung Pin Gyi Road Daungoo Ward,Dawei, 11111 Dawei, Myanmar

Best House Guest House offers accommodation in Dawei. Among the facilities at this property are a shared lounge and ticket service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

The units in the guest house are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. All rooms at Best House Guest House have air conditioning and a desk.

Hotel Best House(Dawei) 

Add: Dana Street 232,Ka-Nyo Ward, 11111 Dawei, Myanmar 

Hotel Best House(Dawei) provides free WiFi throughout the property and rooms with air conditioning in Dawei. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

Hotel Best House(Dawei) offers an American or Asian breakfast.

Shwe Moung Than Hotel 

Add: Myotwin Road, Dawei, Myanmar

Shwe Moung Than Hotel in Dawei has a bar and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The hotel features family rooms.

The hotel offers a à la carte or Asian breakfast.

New Light Hotel 

Add: No.29, Rzarni Road, Shan Ma Laeswae Yat,, 11111 Dawei, Myanmar 

New Light Hotel features rooms in Dawei. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available and the hotel also offers bike hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.

Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast.

Mid-range options

Hotel Deluxe 

Add: No.38 Sanchi Road, Sanchi Quarter,, 14011 Dawei, Myanmar 

Hotel Deluxe features a restaurant, bar, a garden and terrace in Dawei. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and room service. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

At the hotel each room is fitted with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kitchen, a dining area and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. Guest rooms will provide guests with a desk and a kettle.

Guests at Hotel Deluxe can enjoy a buffet breakfast.

Diamond Crown Hotel Dawei 

Add: No.651, Yay Road, Myauk Ywar Quarter, Dawei, 11111 Dawei, Myanmar

Diamond Crown Hotel Dawei features air-conditioned accommodation in Dawei. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has newspapers and an ATM machine that guests can use.

The rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area. At Diamond Crown Hotel Dawei rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast.

Deluxe options

The Mandolis 

Add: 10 Mingalar Thidar Street, We Kyun Htein Le Ward, 14011 Dawei, Myanmar 

The Mandolis has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Dawei. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has garden views, and guests can enjoy access to a garden and to a private beach area. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel, rooms come with a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Guests at The Mandolis can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Hotel Dawei 

Add: No. (7/A) Arzarni Road, Byaw Taw Wa Quarter. Tanintharyi division, Dawei, Myanmar 

Hotel Dawei has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar in Dawei. Among the various facilities are a garden and a terrace. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel all rooms include a wardrobe and a private bathroom.

Guests at Hotel Dawei can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast.

At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna.

Get in

By Bus

Road trip takes 12-15 hrs from Yangon (2017) and 7 hrs from Kanchanaburi in Thailand through Thai-Myanmar border (Phu Nam Ron Border Crossing)

Bus or minivan from Kanchanaburi bus station to Phu Nam Ron: 70/80 TBH. Bus from Phu Nam Ron to Dawei: 800 TBH.

Foreign (Non-Thai/Myanmese cititzens) travellers are strongly advised to check entry requirements into Myanmar through the Myanmese Embassy. Arriving into Myanmar at their international airports should not be too much an issue, however there may be a different set of requirements when entering Myanmar at their land border checkpoints.

The unpaved road from Thai border to Dawei seems to be now mostly in good condition (as of September 2016). Joint minivan ticket from Thai immigration to Myanmar immigration and from there to your hotel in Dawei costs 800 THB. From Yangon Aung Mingalar bus station, daily 3-5 buses at 14-17 PM and 5 AM, 13000-25000 kyat (VIP), 15h.

From Mawlamyine mini-buses depart from the Zeigyo bus station (NOT the main bus station where buses from Yangon, Hpa An, etc., arrive) at 6:30am & 6:30 PM for 12000 kyat and arrive at 3pm & 3 AM at the bus station behind the airport. 1000 kyat per person moto taxi into town, ca. 3000 kyat Tuk-Tuk. The busy & mostly single lane road from Mawlamyine is being widened so expect hold ups for roadworks, new bridges are also being built. mini-buses stop in all major towns for aprox 15 mins each time.

From Ye there are two daily buses (6 am and 10 pm, 4 to 5 hrs, 8,000 MYK). The early morning bus leaves near the market.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via

By plane

Myanmar Airways fly " Daily" Dawei- Yangon and Dawei- Kawthaung. FMI airline fly Mon,Tue, Wed and fri only for Dawei- Yangon and Dawei - Kawthaung. No flight to Myeik and Mawlamine .

Nowadays it is easy to book a flight through local agents or your hotel and Travel agents. Most likely agents deliver the ticket to your hotel or thanks to Internet print it straight away.

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as or

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

By train

From Mawlamyine to Dawei or Ye foreigners are allowed to use the local train. There is one daily train from Yangon to Dawei via Mawlamyine and Ye, which takes just over 24 hours. It departs Yangon at 18:25, departs Mawlamyine at 04:30, departs Ye (where you change to a different train) at 10:25 and arrives in Dawei at 19:00 (at least according to the schedule - delays are common).

Get around

There are plenty of pickups, motorcycle taxis and trishaws in town to comfortably get around for just 500 to 2000 kyat. Another option is to rent a motorcycle and go around at will, most hotels can arrange one for 7000-10000 kyat a day.


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