This Kawthaung-Myeik-Dawei 5 days/ 4 nights Overland Safari trip will bring you exciting adventure in to the undiscovered heart of Myanmar that you will be delighted and surprised.
You will explore the Thanintharyi region which encompasses the Southern coastline of this vibrant and unspoilt country.
You will have the opportunity to wander along pristine beaches, explore stunning Buddhist temples.
You will have many chances to meet and engage with the warm and kind hearted locals, perhaps they will even teach about their traditional lifestyle in one of the many small fishing towns.
It would be our pleasure to guide you through this hidden gem of South-East Asia, which will leave you with memories to last a life-time.
On your arrival at the bustling port town of Myeik, we will transport you directly to your hotel. Once you are settled in you will have the opportunity to begin exploring this fascinating and busy port. Myeik has long been an important centre for the local fishing and rubber industries. As you stroll through its bustling streets, rich in local character of street traders and fresh and dried fish stalls, don’t forget to take the time to admire the town’s elegant wooden architecture.
But don’t stroll too slowly, because, If time permits, you will not miss out on a walk down Thain Taw Gyi road which is renowned for its enchanting, ancient monasteries and their compounds which are more beautiful than any others the world over. Then, as the day draws to a close, you will proceed to the main pagoda where you will fall in love with the panoramic views and breathtaking sunset over the islands in the Andaman Sea.
After a breakfast at your hotel, you will visit the historic city of Myeik where you will continue to explore on foot, discovering the sights, sounds and smells of this colourful city and in particular, its thriving market. While in Myeik, be sure you take the time to meet the warm and friendly locals and take the time to learn about their way of life and traditions. As you walk further on to Bogyoke street you’ll come across many of the colonial era buildings and learn some more of the history of this fascinating country and region. You will have the opportunity to follow this day of exploring with a drive to the town’s riverside wharf. At the wharf, you will see many traditional wooden fishing boats resting on the river’s bank. From the jetty you’ll take a traditional wooden ferry boat on a ten-minute journey to the beautiful Pahtaw Island. Here you will visit the reclining Buddha and for those of you feeling fit, a walk up the stairs to the top of the island will reward you with panoramic views of both Myeik city and the outer islands.
Following this one of our guides will take you to the dockyard where you can watch local fisherman and shipwrights as they build and maintain the traditional wooden fishing boats. Then, you will head back to your hotel.
Later that evening, why not explore at your own leisure? Perhaps take a dusk walk along riverside road, where the new, modern face of Myeik is beginning to take shape or take-in the stunning sunset from one of the town’s many vantage points.
Following breakfast at your hotel, we will embark on an adventurous overland drive through the stunning scenery of the Southern Plateau. As we twist and turn our way on the journey to Dawei (the capital of Thanitaryi region),you will have time to take in the beautiful tropical views. About halfway on our journey we will reach the small town of Palaw. Palaw is home to an ethnic group of Dawei people, famous for making local handicrafts and fishery related products.
After our rest stop in Palaw, we will continue on to Dawei, crossing over the rolling hills of Southern Myanmar. Prepare to have your breath taken away by the stunning landscape and vistas that only unspoiled areas such as this can offer.
If time allows you and your guides may also have the chance to stop and explore serene paddy fields, hidden small towns, rural villages and see how the daily local lifestyle plays out along the way.
Upon our evening arrival in Dawei, your guide will take you to your hotel for check in and refreshments.
Following breakfast at the hotel, we will begin to explore the town. Dawei, the capital of Thanitaryi Region was also known as Tavoy during colonial times and as such was one of the first cities where British traders settled in Myanmar following the first of the three Anglo-Burmese wars. As a result of these British settlements, Dawei has a long history and interesting past for you to learn about and beautiful architecture for you to discover.
Together with our local and knowledgeable guide, you will explore downtown Dawei with its strong colonial buildings, learning of the history of the city that is all around you. You will then stroll through the main busy market of Dawei, where you will see, touch, smell and taste the multitude of different local products on offer.
A change of pace comes next as we visit the serene Shwe Taung Sar Pagoda and Paya Gyi museum which contains a fascinating collection of bronze coins, vases, portraits as well as the famous large, wooden, ancient Buddha image.
That evening we will drive to Shwe Tharlyaung and see the world famous reclining Buddha which, at a staggering 74 meters long and 21 meters high, in only second in size in Myanmar to the recently built Win Sein Taw Ya Buddha statue in Mawlamyine.
You can then take a pleasant twenty minute walk to the view point of Sapar Taung Mountain and enjoy the impressive panoramic views of the surrounding city where, if you time it just right, you can also view the breathtaking sunset.
You will start your day with breakfast which will be served at your hotel. You will have free time to explore the city until it is time for your departure.