Dawei Poised to Become Major Tourist Destination in Myanmar

Dawei is poised to become the next magnet for foreign tourists in the country once the highway passing through Thailand’s Htee Khee border crossing is completed, U Thawdar Nyunt, managing director of Elegant Myanmar Travel and Tours told The Myanmar Times.

U Thawdar Nyunt said as many as a million tourists from Thailand could visit Dawei to enjoy its beautiful beaches and islands, unspoiled mountain forests and other eco-tourism sites.

Dawei is not too far from Bangkok via Kanchanaburi through Htee Khee border crossing. It is the nearest city to Yangon compared with Myeik and Kawthaung in Tanintharyi region, making it one of the reasons Thai tourists could choose it as an initial destination before going to the country’s commercial capital.

“Tourism operators have to focus on the traveller from big cities rather than those from the provinces. For instance, people from big cities such as Yangon or Mandalay are more travelled than those from small towns,” U Thawdar Nyunt said. “Dawei will be only four or five hours driving from Bangkok once the road is completed. That is why Dawei has much potential for tourism,”

Going from Yangon to Dawei takes about 11 hours by express bus, going from Dawei to Myeik will take another 8 hours, and continuing to Kawthaoung would take 14 hours more.

Domestic travellers prefer more than in previous years to go to Tanintharyi Region, especially Dawei, Myeik and Kawthaung, to see the beautiful diverse islands in the Myeik archipelago.

“We offer a new day cruise package via Mergui Princess Cruise which will tour at least four islands in Dawei that are intended to be developed as tourist areas,” he said.

Mergui Princess Cruise by Elegant Myanmar Travel is offering the package tours in Myeik archipelago in Kawthaung. Now, they have been extended to Dawei as a day cruise in order to attract domestic travellers through lower prices.

The day cruise package is limited to 20 people and includes lunch, airconditioned vehicle service from the hotel to the port, as well as equipment for kayaking, snorkelling and sports fishing.

The cruise departs Dawei at around 8am and returns to the city by 6pm, U Thawdar Nyunt said.

The cruise tours include stopovers at the popular Tizit Beach on Pae Sin Island and Shan Maw Beach on Kyun Sin Yae Island. The package costs K55,000 for local tourists and US$65 (K87,000) for foreigners.

U Kyaw Swa Min, CEO of Grand Lotus Tours and secretary of the Tanintharyi Tourism Development Committee, said 65 percent of local and foreign visitors prefer to go to beach areas, 30pc prefer eco-tourism and only 5pc go on pilgrimages.

“Tanintharyi Region is definitely a potential major tourism destination because of its more than 800 islands,” he said.  “But it will need more investment to develop potential tourist attractions.”

According to Tanintharyi’s Hotels and Tourism Department, more than 330,000 visitors passed through the border crossing in 2016.


Source: The Myanmar Times

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