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Location: Dawei - Myeik - Kawthaung
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Southern Myanmar Overland Safari Dawei to Myeik (4 Days/ 3 Nights)

When you join this Dawei – Myeik – Kawthaung trip (4 days/ 3 nights Overland Safari), you will be partaking in a fun and unique experience that is unlike anything else.

Be among the first visitors to explore the less-visited Southern Myanmar’s central region between the former colonial settlement and emerging destination of Dawei and the first town of British Burma, Myeik, Myanmar’s main fishing port and centre of the pearl industry on the Andaman Sea.

In Southern Myanmar, you will discover places rich in flair and individuality, beautiful beaches and kind-hearted people in remote villages.

Simplistic culture and way of life will warm your heart.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrive Dawei and explore Dawei

    After arriving at Dawei airport and transferring to your hotel, explore the old colonial town of Dawei. Formerly known as Tavoy, it was one of the first settlements of British Burma, and it retains a legacy of colonial era buildings, old merchant houses and stucco mansions, and a mix of Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Hindu residents. As well as a bustling market and Chinatown street, the quiet and clean town is known for its clay pottery workshops, longyi-weaving and cashew-nut processing. Sunset from a viewpoint overlooking the lush countryside completes the day in Dawei.

  • Day 2 – Dawei to Myeik

    After an early morning visit to the gleaming Payagyi pagoda where locals, pilgrims and monks come to make offerings, we set off on the 250 km journey south from Dawei to Myeik, which takes around 5 hours on a newly improved road. Formerly off-limits to foreigners for overland travel, the route passes subsistence ethnic minority villages, fields and plantations of coconut, betel nut, cashew and rubber, and climbs through uninhabited rolling hills, the border with Thailand close but inaccessible. We stop along the way, and at the halfway point for lunch, at Palaw, famous for its fish products and local handicrafts. We continue south towards Myeik, with rest stops and time to visit rice paddies, farms, palm oil production, teak plantations, and hamlets along the way to see up close how locals live, far from Yangon and modern urban development. We arrive in Myeik in the late afternoon, and go directly to your hotel to check-in and have refreshments, with the option of venturing out along The Strand to orient yourself to the relatively bustling nautical city of Myeik, home to quarter of a million inhabitants.

  • Day 3 – Myeik

    Myeik sits on a peninsula beside the Andaman Sea, its safe harbour and strategic location means it has been an important port for international trade for over 500 years, including for the East India Trading Company in the 17thcentury. With a large fishing fleet and busy port, Myeik is the regional processing hub for fish, harvested pearls, bird’s nests, timber and rubber. After breakfast we explore the main and backstreets of this fascinating town, which had a multi-cultural population with descendants of Chinese and Indian traders as well as Bamar, Mon and Moken (sea gypsy), and diverse buildings including Sino-Portuguese houses, colonial mansions, mosques, churches, and traditional wooden homes – making Myeik one of the best-preserved cities in SE Asia. In the old quarter we visit the 150 year old Royal Pearl Trading shop, then to an extensive fish market featuring a wide array of the sea’s bounty, including lobster, tuna, swordfish, squid and soft-shell crabs, and go to a riverside wharf and dockyard where wooden fishing boats built and maintained for their Andaman Sea activities. In the afternoon we take a traditional wooden boat across to Pahtaw island, the closest island to Myeik, with a large crab farm and a hollow reclining Buddha lined with tiny Buddha figures, for panoramic views from the small island’s hilltop pagoda of Myeik and the outer islands. Back in Myeik, we view the collection of old monasteries on Thain Taw Gyi road, said to rival Sagaing in beauty, on the way to sunset views over the Andaman Sea.

  • Day 4 - Departure Myeik

    After breakfast at the hotel, you are free to relax or soak up the atmosphere and energy of Myeik, until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight (to Yangon or Kawthaung, for those going on an Island Safari cruise aboard the Sea Gipsy, to Boulder Island Eco-Resort, or crossing to Ranong in Thailand).

  • Package Tour Price Per Person Based on Twin Sharing Bedroom

    Group Size

    Tour Price Per Person in USD Based on Twin Sharing Bedroom

    1 Pax

    2 Pax

    3 Pax

    4 Pax

    5 Pax

    6 Pax

    7 Pax

    8 Pax

    9 Pax

    10 Pax

    Price Per Person

    3,055

    1,590

    1,385

    1,175

    1,160

    1,070

    995

    940

    895

    860

    Single Room Supplement Surcharge

    USD 110

  • Price Includes:

    - hotel accommodation based on twin sharing / double bedroom with breakfast - full-board meals - transfers and sightseeing with private air-con vehicle as per tour itinerary - entrance / archaeological zone fees as per tour itinerary - domestic flight tickets for Yangon – Dawei and Myeik – Kawthaung - English speaking locally stationed tour guide throughout the whole trip

    Price Excludes:

    - international airfares - Myanmar visa fees and visa arrangement (www.evisa.moip.gov.mm) - beverages - personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs, tips to guide, etc. - personal insurance such as health, baggage lost or damage, trip cancellation, etc. - caving adventure tour expenses (optional) - any sales commission
  • Important Notes

    Southern Myanmar is seldom visited by tourists. The region is undeveloped, with limited infrastructure, and we request your understanding and a flexible attitude as some services and facilities might not meet the expectations you have for developed tourist destinations. The itinerary is subject to change, depending on road and weather conditions, flight times, room availability and other circumstances that may arise.

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