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Asia » Burma » Southern Burma » Dawei July 1st 2019

With a bit a sad feeling we already have to leave Myanmar. It has been truly wonderful. Things have changed for Myanmar and especially for travellers over the past few years. It’s now very easy to visit, we arranged a 28 day visa online for Myanmar. We only left the country at the ultimate day, which was hardly enough. We feel we have only scratched the surface of this beautiful and welcoming country with the gorgeous and warm, fun, friendly and cheerful people. We really have only visited the highlights and we already know we have to come back one day. Entering Myanmar from Manipur, one of the Northeastern states of India, somehow felt like a relief, after having travelled for about half a year through countries like Iran, Nepal, Bangladesh and India. Not to say ... read more
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Myanmar beer lover
Myanmar

Asia » Burma » Southern Burma » Dawei January 28th 2018

Dernier petit déjeuner tranquille au bord du lac de Ye. Un jeune couple belge fait le tour du Myanmar en vélo. Courageux ! Je m’inquiète pour leurs fessiers, ils me répondent qu’ils sont bien équipés. 4 heures de minivan pour atteindre Dawei. Coup de bol, je suis à l’avant, j’ai toute la vue et la place à la gauche du chauffeur. Sinon on est un peu entassé dans les minivans, ça va plus vite que les bus, mais ce n’est pas très confort quand on a de grandes jambes. Dawei est une ville sans particularité, toujours proche de la mer, mais qui n’y est tout de même pas accolé. Les plages environnantes, parfois bien cachées, sont réputées et souvent désertes. Un nouveau port en eau profonde est (ou va être) mis en construction (financement japonais je ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Southern Burma » Dawei November 24th 2017

Southern Myanmar is a long tail of land that, for more than 1,200 km, abuts Thailand, the Tenasserim Hills and their subranges forming the border. Time was now against me, which meant I couldn’t fly to Myeik, the most southerly airport open for tourists, because of the painfully long time it would take me to wend my way north again by bus (there are no flights between airports in the south; everything goes through Yangon). Instead, I opted to fly to Dawei, about halfway down (as it were), and head out to Maungmagan on the coast, and make my way back overland from there. Once released by the airport – although it was a domestic flight, passport and visa checks were carried out, as they have been almost every time I’ve crossed a state border here ... read more
selfie-taking monks
Maungmagan beach
relaunching the boats

Asia » Burma » Southern Burma » Dawei January 5th 2016

We returned to mandalay for a rest before we headed to the unexplored south. We took a taxi out to Mandalay hill and I must say it is really worth a visit. You get an amazing view of the city from the top and on the way up there are pretty gardens all dedicated to love. By the way, you can take off your flip flops and carry them with you (all the locals do!), they claim you can't as they want you to pay to store them! They are catching on very fast as to how to scam the tourists here lol! The next day we took the bus to the south, it was a super early morning bus and the bus driver brought us to a typical Burmese tea house for breakfast whilst we ... read more
Mandalay hill
Mandalay hill
Typical Myanmar travel

Asia » Burma » Southern Burma » Dawei April 16th 2015

Southern Myanmar is amazing... with one exception of no fault of its own that ended up cutting our trip short and I'll get to that in a bit. First off though, it is incredibly gorgeous. We spent our days checking out some of the most beautiful beaches I've seen. And, they are entirely deserted. There are miles upon miles of beautiful golden / white sand beaches stretching as far as you can see and we came across one foreign couple the entire time. The only reason there were even any locals besides those working at the few restaurants was because it was water festival. The desolate nature of the beaches comes at the price of being very remote. We stayed at the only guest house on Maunagaman beach, about a 20 minute cab from Dawei. Maunagaman ... read more
Nabule beach
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Our host in the village

Asia » Burma » Southern Burma » Dawei February 23rd 2015

Day 1-5: With my newly found Dutch/German friends, I stayed at a beach for several days, mostly lounging on the sand and some minor exploring. One day we rented motorbikes to go to a more remote beach. We turned off the wrong track and the other two ran out of gasoline. I headed back to pick up some when mine ran out (fuel gauge didn't work and couldn't physically see in the tank). Thankfully a nice man on a motorbike who spoke no English figured out my plight and went and bought me some. He even refused to take my money. After a long 40 km ride on the dirt road (the other two had a few close call skids) we arrived at a long beach, set to be redeveloped into a massive oil port. A ... read more
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