7 Days / 6 Nights - EXOTIC
Yangon - Dawei - Myeik - Mergui - Kawthaung - Yangon

ITINERARY in Brief

Day 1 - Flight to Dawei - City Tour Dawei with visits of family owned businesses and colonial architecture
Day 2 - Dawei’s farming industry and secluded beaches
Day 3 - Overland travel from Dawei to Myeik through tiny villages and stunning green scenery
Day 4 - City Tour of Myeik, the biggest fishing town in Myanmar with wooden architecture, fishing industry and local family business – Magnificent sunset on Myeik
Day 5 - Unseen Mergui Archipelago Day Trip
Day 6 - Flight to Kawthaung – Visiting of Victoria point and the King Bayinnaung Statue – Sunset on 5-5-5 mountain
Day 7 - Departure flight Kawthaung to Yangon or overland to Thailand

Note: This tour can also start from Kawthaung. 

DAY 1: CITY TOUR DAWEI AND MAUNG MA GAN BEACH (-/-/-)

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. 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.

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.

Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.

Meals:  none
Overnight stay: Hotel in Dawei

DAY 2: Dawei farming and secluded beaches (B/L/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. 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.

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. Please note: Currently there are no facilities for changing clothes and so on.

Later on we visit the local hot springs, which waters have be known for healing powers over centuries. Feel free to wash of your salter water.

In the afternoon we will be on our way to the well-known Maung Ma Gan Beach. Enjoy the relaxed and uncrowded beach atmosphere with a sun downer and a delicious seafood dinner (not included).

Return to your hotel after a fabulous sunset. Dinner is to your own account.

DAY 3: Overland drive to Myeik (B/-/-)

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, plane and ferry boats were the only way of transport. 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 in a clean local restaurant.

We reach Myeik in the afternoon. 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. Free late afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is for your own leisure.

Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel in Myeik

DAY 4: Life Seeing Tour of Myeik (B/L/-)

Pick up from Myeik airport and transfer to your hotel. Afterwards we start to explore Myeik is one of the biggest fishing towns in Myanmar.

“Beik” as the locals call it there hometown produces everything for the fishing industry what is needed. Have you ask yourself where all the ice comes from to keep the seafood fresh? We visit a ship dock yard where they still build the wooden boats like in the old days. One of the export products are soft shell crabs. We will explain you on a farm how the crabs take off their shells.

Myeik’s dry fish area might not be for everybody, but it has not change for decades. We will take you for a wander and explain what fishes been tried in the sun to preserve them for later.

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 or a roof top bar. We leave this decision up to you.

Dinner is to your own account.

Meals: Breakfast at your Hotel, Traditional Lunch
Overnight stay: Hotel in Myeik

Day 5: Cocks Comb Island Day Trip (B/L/D)

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.

Meals: Breakfast at your Hotel, Lunch at the beach
Overnight stay: Hotel in Myeik

DAY 6: Transfer to Kawthaung - City Tour (B/-/-)

After breakfast we transfer to you to the airport for your flight to Kawthaung. Pick up from the airport in Kawthaung. If we can get an early check we will check in first to our hotel otherwise we start with the city sightseeing.

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 our group 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.

DAY 6: Departure (B/-/-)

After breakfast we take you to the airport for your flight to Myeik, Dawei or Yangon or to Kawthaung Jetty for your overland departure by long tail boat to Thailand (Ranong).

Meals: Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: none

Price per Person: From 949 USD (based on 2 people)


Note: This tour can also start from Kawthaung or Ranong / Phuket (Thailand). 
Continue: Board a live abroad cruise to discover the magnificent Mergui Archipelago →
Alternative departure: Overland to Thailand (30 mins by long tail boat)  

Excluded Services

  • Visa to Myanmar

  • International airfares & domestic airfares (will be always mentioned separately)

  • Meals, if not otherwise mentioned

  • Personal expenses (laundry, beverages, phone bill...)

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips

Included Services

  • Private transfer as specified in the itinerary

  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary

  • English speaking guide (other language on request)

  • Accommodation with breakfast on double occupancy (Single supplement varies)

  • 2 bottles of water & 2 cooling towels per person / day

  • Luggage handling fees at airports

  • 1x Picnic Lunch

  • 1x Traditional Lunch

  • 1x Lunch on island trip

  • Snorkeling Gear and Life Jacket