Photo: Classic buildings in Dawei.

Dawei walking tour

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Though not laying claim to too many tourists sights, Dawei is home to one of the best stocks of British colonial-period architecture outside of Yangon. Combined with a couple of lively markets and well placed tea shops, the town lends itself well to a half-day walking tour. Here’s our suggested itinerary.

Start with a market. Dawei’s main markets are both located on Arzarni Road. The riverside morning market concentrates mostly on seafood, fruit and vegetables. It’s an animated and photogenic spot, with locals and produce arriving at the adjacent wharves on the swampy Dawei River. You’ll find a couple of tea shops nearby from where you can sit and take in the hustle and bustle, and probably meet some of the locals.

Straight off the boat into the market Photo taken in or around Dawei walking tour, Dawei, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Straight off the boat into the market Photo: Mark Ord

Things quieten down late morning, but the main covered municipal market a bit further east on the same road continues into the afternoon. Goods on sale include inevitably more fish and fresh produce but also household goods. You’ll find plenty of local snacks and food on sale too if you want to try some of the weird and wonderful offerings. It’s located approximately midway on Arzarni between the junctions with Bogyoke and Ye Roads.

Take in the impressive old British administrative buildings found by the junction with Ye Road and carry on — after perhaps a coffee break at MK5 — turning left at the next intersection. This will lead you down across Niban to the main entrance of Shwe Taung Zar Pagoda.

Dawei is a good spot to stock up on dried fish. Photo taken in or around Dawei walking tour, Dawei, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Dawei is a good spot to stock up on dried fish. Photo: Mark Ord

The temple is colourful rather than gaudy and tranquil after the markets’ bustle but there will undoubtedly be a few locals wanting to try out their English or grab some selfies with a tourist — you’ve been warned! From here head down Niban Road, which today rivals Arzarni as Dawei’s main commercial avenue, and you’ll pass a few more tea and curry houses. Popular Indian-run Mate Shwe is next to the old mosque — if it’s a Sunday, don’t miss their once a week biryani!

Niban makes a T-junction with Bogyoke which, running parallel to the river and with plenty more colonial-era buildings, must have been old Tavoy’s main thoroughfare. The section of narrow streets between Bogyoke and the Dawei River holds plenty more characterful old buildings, though many these days are in a sad state of repair. Winding your way through here you’ll find yourself on the bank again with the morning market to the left and a track leading off right past further boat jetties.

Stupa spires at Shwe Taung Zar. Photo taken in or around Dawei walking tour, Dawei, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Stupa spires at Shwe Taung Zar. Photo: Mark Ord

Following the river, the track takes you into the area north of the centre, where much of Dawei’s modern development is taking place. Views over the river are still picturesque around here. The main reason for continuing into the newer part of town would be to check out the interesting little Tanintharyi Cultural Museum approximately a kilometre out of the centre. It’s definitely worth a detour before heading back into town.

Allow a half day — morning is best so you catch the morning market at its best — for an interesting and varied walking tour around town.

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