Dawei, in Tanintharyi Division, is a coastal region lies in Southern part of Myanmar with an area of more than 2,600 square miles. Various nationalities such as Bamar, Mon, Kayin, Rakhine and Shan totalling over 120,000 are residing in Dawei. Formerly the city was known as "Tavoy".
Dawei is dotted with famous historical pagodas and can be accessible with all means of transportation. A place to visit in Dawei is Maungmakan Beach, a well-known beauty spot of Myanmar, which is about 10 miles from Dawei.
As Dawei is in the coastal region, fisheries become the mainstay of the economy there. Sea-fish and prawn are sufficient enough not only for local consumption but also for the international market. Lobsters are stored in clean water tank at 17.C for about five minutes after weighing them. Then, lobsters are dressed and packed in plastic for export. Moreover, jelly-fish are also exported to the international market.
Myeik and Mergui Archipellago
The Myeik Archipelago covers an area of about 36,000 square kilometres in the southern most part of Myanmar. There are about 800 islands in this area making this place an attractive tourist destination.
Some of the names of the islands are Lampi, Little Torres, Black Rock, The Sisters, Clara, North Twin, St. Lukes, St Mathews, Surin etc.....
Most of the islands are isolated and beautiful. The surrounding sea, flora and fauna, underwater scenes and the marine life are most incredible features of theses islands.
The sea water are aqua blue and so clear that you will be able to see the small creatures in the water moving around.
The islands are rugged, limestone and granite topology. Scenic reefs, prolific fish, ray and sometimes even sharks can be seen in the marine life. There are also smaller colourful fishes and reef creatures around.
Scuba diving and snorkelling are a must-to-do while visiting theses islands.
Only the Moken (or) the Salons (or) the Sea gypsies are the inhabitants of theses islands. They live on boats near the islands but live on the land in the rainy seasons. They fish and survive the way their ancestors did and still carry on the generation's heritage.
Kawthaung was known as the "Victoria Point". It lies on the southern most part of Myanmar. The city is about 800 km from Yangon. Kawthaung retains the atmosphere as fishing port city.
The port lies right to the pointed tip of the Tanintharyi Peninsula. Is is known as the busy fishing port.