A short time on the Beach
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I arrived in Dawei coming from Myeik after 7 hours minibus, 12000 Kyat. The road was not to bad but with a lot of repair work going on and most bridges to be replaced by new ones. There are for a similar price also comfortable looking buses.
The first place I saw after arriving with decent food was a place called Joy Restaurant, the name did lead to some speculations, but it was a proper restaurant serving Thai food) there are several Thai restaurants in Dawei). I had a excellent green curry there, 2800 Kyat and 2000 for the beer. Located in Bo Gyok Road near Ar Zar Ni Road.
Since my place didn't have breakfast I went around the corner to Ar Zai Ni Road on the way to Shin Pin Khau Pagoda was a nice old tea house where I had coffee and bread with curry (like Roti Canai in Malaysia) for 550 Kyat.
The Shin Pin Khau Pagoda is small but quite nice.
The main Buddhist monastery Shwe Taung Zar Paya is a quite large complex not far from the center with a big golden Pagoda and a lot of glittering buildings around. Go there in the morning or the late afternoon, no shoes or socks in the hole complex and the stones become very hot in the sun!
It seems that there is no public transport from Dawei to Maungmagan beach, if going by motorbikebike taxi it should be 5000 Kyat. The village of Maungmagan looks quite nice and the only online bookable accommodation, the Coconut Guesthouse is there, but the beach is about 1km further through something which looks and smells like a garbage disposal. The beach itself is fairly good with trees for shade and a long row of eating and drinking places.
Further south Paradise beach is supposed to be very nice. Only a very small accommodation is there, camping is possibly for US $ 25 including breakfast.
To Mawlamyne you have a choice of bus , minibus or train. The bus terminal is out of town, the train involves a change in Ye and is supposed to be one of the slowest.
You can go also from Dawei to the Thail border by shared taxi, from there to Kanchanaburi by bus. This is not possible if you have a e-visa, you need a visa issued by a Embassy.
And on to Mawlamyne, again by minibus (pickup at the hotel, similar price as the big bus) , 12000 Kyat.