Photo: Muangmakan beach, near Dawei.

Things to see and do

Maungmakan and surrounding beaches
12km from Dawei

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 ... Read more about Maungmakan and surrounding beaches .

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Dawei walking tour

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 ... Read more about Dawei walking tour .

Tanintharyi Region Cultural Museum
River road, north of Dawei

Tanintharyi Region Cultural Museum is an apparently purpose-built little spot set amid the newer developments to the north of town. The interesting and worthy displays focus on the history, modern day livelihoods and culture of the region’s main ethnic groups, the Dawei, Mon and Moken. Not much is known about the former – an early Sino-Burmese group – but they seem to have inhabited the ... Read more about Tanintharyi Region Cultural Museum .

Shwe Taung Zar Pagoda

Shwe Taung Zar Pagoda, sprawling complex of shrines, statues and chedis, is Dawei’s most prestigious town temple. A classic style Burmese temple and monastery, it comes with all the gold stupas, elaborate green roofs and red and gold paint you’d expect plus a large seated Buddha image. It isn’t the region’s most spectacular temple for casual visitors and it’s built on flat land so ... Read more about Shwe Taung Zar Pagoda .

Shwe Thalyaung Pagoda
8km from Dawei

Some Dawei tourist literature claims that Shwe Thalyaung Pagoda is the country’s largest. Though it’s actually a mere speck compared to Malwlamyine’s Win Sein Taw Ya, the reclining Buddha image at Shwe Thalyaung is at least Dawei’s largest. The low-key, quiet little temple isn’t if the truth be told the most exciting tourist destination around but it is only a few kilometres out of ... Read more about Shwe Thalyaung Pagoda .

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