6 Days / 5 Nights -  Myeik - Mergui Archipelago - Dawei

ITINERARY in Brief

Day 1 - Arrival by Airplane to Myeik from Yangon - City Tour Myeik
Day 2 - Mergui Archipelago Day Tour
Day 3 - Overland drive from Myeik to Dawei
Day 4 - City tour Dawei and Maung Ma Gan Beach
Day 5 - Amazing Dawei Peninsula - The best beaches of Myanmar
Day 6 - Departure to Yangon

Alternative departure: It is also possible to drive from Dawei to Myanmar / Thailand border, which basically didn't exist before. Change vans to proceed to Kanchanaburi (min 6,5 hours) or direct to Bangkok City / Airport (min 8 hours). 

Extension:  Want to relax more days at the beaches of  Dawei, please let us know.

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO MYEIK & CITY TOUR (-/L/-)

Myeik is one of the biggest fishing towns in Myanmar. Already in the early 17th century the English East Indian Trading Company was unloading their ships at the port 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. We will talk about its incredibly interesting history.

“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.

For lunch we take you to a traditional fried rice noodle shop, where Myeiks all time favourite food Kyi Kite is made.

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.

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 quit sun set 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 up to you.

Dinner is on your own account.

Meals: Traditional Lunch
Overnight stay: Hotel in Myeik

DAY 2: Mergui Archipelago Day Tour (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.

Please note: The Mergui Archipelago will be a joint tour with other customers. The program may change depending on tie and weather conditions. Participants need to submit their personal details. We do not recommend pregnant customers and customers with back ache to join the trip. The Alternative will be a slow boat trip without snorkeling.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, Lunch at the beach
Transfer: Speed boat
Overnight stay: Hotel in Myeik

DAY 3: Myeik to 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.

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. Lunch along the way in a clean local restaurant (own account).

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 stroll along Dawei’s authentic river front.

Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel in Dawei

DAY 4: Dawei City Tour and Maung Ma Gan Beach (B/-/-)

AWe 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. Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel in Dawei

DAY 5: Amazing Dawei Peninsula(B/L/-)

If you like we can skip the hotel breakfast to get an early start and have some delicious breakfast at the local market. We will drive pass rice fields and rural villages until we arrive at a typical fishing village.

We stop every now and then to explain the local agriculture for example rubber and cashew nut plantations (seasonal). The fishing industry is another main income source. Among fresh fish the fishing villages produce dry fish and fish paste (nga pyi, seasonal). The paste for Western tongues is most likely nothing to be fancy with, but for Asian people it is mouth-watering.

We arrive in Kyauk Wap Pyin Village, from where we take a 35 min stroll up the mountain to Dawei Peninsula’s own Golden Rock Pagoda. Enjoy a breathtaking 360 Degree panoramic view to on Dawei River and Grandfathers Beach.

After arrival in an even smaller village, where kids will come to watch the Engelae, which simple means English from colonial times we either proceed to Grand Father Beach. The most stunning beach of the peninsula. All over it is a 4km long stretch of pure white sand. For those who want to see the vastness you can rent a motor taxi driver (on your own account).

Lunch along the way in a traditional and clean restaurant. Dinner is to your own account.

DAY 6: Departure (B/-/-)

Breakfast at your hotel. Until your flight departure there is enough time to go for 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.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Overnight stay: none

Alternative departure: It is also possible to drive from Dawei to Myanmar / Thailand border, which basically didn't exist before. Change vans to proceed to Kanchanaburi (min 6,5 hours) or direct to Bangkok City / Airport (min 8 hours). 

Please note: This tour can also start from Dawei.

Extension:  Want to relax more days at the beaches of Dawei, please let us know.

Price per Person: From 769 USD (based on 2 people)


Included Services

  • Private transfer as specified in the itinerary

  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary

  • English speaking guide

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

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

  • Luggage handling fees at airports

  • 1 Lunch on Myeik City Tour

  • 1 Lunch on island tour

  • 1 Lunch on day excursion

  • Life jacket and snorkeling mask

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