Photo: Maungmakan beach.

Maungmakan and surrounding beaches

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The forested hills of the scenic Dawei Peninsula separate Dawei town and its eponymously named river from the Andaman Sea and coast. From Maungmakan, a weekend picnic and bathing spot highly popular with the locals, a string of superb and largely untouched sandy beaches stretch north and south. If someone was making a movie set in 1970s Phuket before the resorts and tourists arrived, this would be a shoe-in for location.

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The one sealed access road departs from the bridge just north of Dawei town and winds up and over the hills to reach the coast at Maungmakan village and beach, 12 kilometres distant. This is where, for now, you’ll fine the only signs of development if you can call the ubiquitous tea shops, beer stations and bamboo seafood restaurants development, though there is also one half-decent beach resort and even a Thai-style garden guesthouse — with more under construction as of early 2016.

Off for today's catch. Photo taken in or around Maungmakan and surrounding beaches, Dawei, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Off for today's catch. Photo: Mark Ord

Snack vendors and inner-tube renters dot this section of beach while to the south lies a small fishing village and above stretches the casuarina-lined sand of north Maungmakan, interrupted only by the occasional longtail pulled up on the beach.

At the far northern end, a rocky outcrop separates the beach from less popular and less accessible beaches further up the coast, including the spectacular white sands of Nabule Beach around 15 kilometres north. In the other direction, a reasonable, partially sealed track follows the coast south to more bays and fishing villages. The first rocky headland south also holds a small pagoda, Myaw Yit, reached by a footbridge connecting it to the mainland.

Beach snack anyone? Photo taken in or around Maungmakan and surrounding beaches, Dawei, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Beach snack anyone? Photo: Mark Ord

From the Maungmakan beach area, head back to the village and take a right turn on what passes for the main road. Continuing south, you’ll get glimpses of the pagoda and rocky outcrop from time to time, so just look out for a dirt track on the right. This takes you a kilometre or so past a tiny but very picturesque fishing village to a small carpark for ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Maungmakan and surrounding beaches
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