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Dawei (Tavoy) is the capital of Tanintharyi Division, in Southeastern Myanmar.


Get in[edit]

View of Dawei Airport and the forested hills beyond, 2008

There is a road north to Mawlamyine and south to Myeik, Bokepyin and Kawthoung, which foreigners can now use.

By plane[edit]

Myanma Airways has daily flights, and Air Bagan has 3 flights per week, from Yangon. Myanma Airways flights (typically once a week) to Mawlamyine, Myeik, Bokepyin and Kawthoung may also be available.

Flights may be cancelled with little or no advance notice, due to lack of bookings, the weather, or any number of other unpredictable circumstances. Not much to see from the plane due to air pollution. Skies are clear after rainy season, in Oct-Nov.

By boat[edit]

By bus[edit]

Buses are run to/from Mawlamyine, Myeik, Bokepyin (via Myeik) and Kawthoung (via Bokepyin).

Get around[edit]


  • Shin Motehti Pagoda, a few kilometres south of town.
  • Shin Datweh Pagoda, in the north.
  • Shin Maw Pagoda, on the Dawei promontory.
  • Lawka Tharaphu Pagoda. Houses a 75 m long reclining Buddha image.
  • Maungmagan Beach is a popular beach in Myanmar. It served as a beach retreat for the British during colonial days. The beach hosts a long line of palm huts housing family seafood restaurants.
  • San Maria Bay and Myawyik Pagoda 14 km south of Maungmagan lies a small causeway to a beautiful small island crowned by a pagoda.
  • There are also a number of hot water springs on the outskirts of Dawei, take a taxi about one to a few hours to there and one quite close to Maungmagan Beach (on the way to Maungmagan from Dawei).



  • Longyi (a sarong) is a famous local product.
  • Cashew nuts and betel nuts are grown for export as well as a variety of tropical fruits including durian ("the King of Fruits").
  • Zin thi (in local language) a fruit found only in Dawei and surrounding areas. It is sweet and slightly sour.
  • Local banks have ATMs that accept Visa and MasterCard withdrawals.



There are lots of restaurants. Myanmar Beer is good, 1500 Kyats for a bottle. There are also fresh fruit juices (such as banana, papaya, pineapple, mango, etc.).


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