Tanintharyi region is located in the Southern part of Myanmar. It is covering the long narrow southern part of the country on the upper Malay peninsula. It borders the Andaman Sea to the west and the Tanintharyi Hills, beyond which lie Thailand, to the east and to the north is the Mon State. Tanintharyi region is surrounded by mountains, islands, beaches, waterfalls, hot springs and historical pagodas. The capital city Tanintharyi region is Dawei (Tavoy). Tanintharyi has three districts which are Dawei, Myeik and Kawthaung. Dawei is a small city, charming, peaceful and green town on the banks of the Dawei river. Dawei is the capital city of the Tanintharyi Region in Southern Myanmar. Dawei is well known for its beautiful white-sand beaches and historic pagodas. Myeik is a small township and it is surrounded by about 800 islands. And also Myeik is island Paradise. The neighboring country is Thailand and Kawthaung is the entry point of Thailand (Ranaung). It is also known as Victoria Point (Ba Yint Naung Statute) and famous for Boat Trips to islands.

Traveling to Tanintharyi to learn about fishery life, gardeners of rubber, oil palm and some seasonal fruits. You can visit colonial buildings, famous historical pagodas, heritages, beaches, islands, waterfalls, hot springs, mountains, pearls production, edible bird’s nests production, weaving of Dawei traditional longyi and Dawei pottery.

The residents of Tanintharyi are Burmese people ( Dawei, Myeik and Moken (Salone) ). The religion of Tanintharyi people are mostly Buddhism and other religions are Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Buddhism is 87.50%, Christianity is 7.20%, Islam is 5.10% and Hinduism is 0.10%. The cultures of Tanintharyi are ancient traditional culture, folk songs, traditional dance, dialects, Moken Traditional culture. The languages of Tanintharyi are Dawei dialects and Myeik dialects. The population of Tanintharyi is 1,408,401 according to the 2014 Census.

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Why you should visit here?

  1. Tanintharyi region has beautiful destinations, 800 islands, natural landscapes and tourist attractions. Dawei is ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard Township and also Myeik is ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award-Urban Destination Township in 2020.
  2. Tanintharyi is surrounded by mountains, hills, waterfalls, beaches, hot springs and islands. So it is always full of natural scenery and the best place for natural lovers.
  3. Taninthayi has many historical pagodas. In Dawei, it has the famous Shin Koe Shin Pagodas (9 historical pagodas). In Myeik, it has the famous Shwe Thar Lyaung Reclining Pagoda and Pyi Taw Aye Pagoda in Kawthaung.
  4. It is also famous for Dawei Traditional culture and Moken (Salone) Traditional Culture. It also has heritage and classic colonial houses. You can experience the architecture and history of classic houses. And then Tanintharyi is full of natural resources and it can get famous organic and local products.
  5. Tanintharyi region is the best place to do trekking, hiking, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, camping and swimming. Most people who come to Tanintharyi enjoy the above mentioned activities.

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A Must try Dawei Traditional Foods and Snacks

Dawei is full of traditional culture, history, natural scenery, tourist attractions and traditional foods, dessert or snack. There are many Dawei traditional foods and snacks, and they are really unique and delicious. Among them, there are many Dawei traditional foods and snacks you should try when you visit Dawei. 

Island Hopping in Kawthaung

Kawthaung is one of the entry points to the Mergui Archipelago. It is surrounded by over 800 natural islands and offers many different tour packages. Island hopping in Kawthaung is the perfect way to get an unforgettable moment and have fun activities in your life.

Dawei 28 Buddha Statues Festival

Dawei Town is not only just a perfect destination full of beautiful mountains, beaches, islands, hotsprings, waterfalls, historical pagodas but also with unique and wonderful traditional cultures and festivals. You can also enjoy the natural beauty and traditional culture. By visiting the twenty-eight buddha statues Festival, you can see and learn that the people of Dawei are generous with charity and treasure the value of Dawei traditional cultures.

Things To Do In Dawei

The beautiful Dawei city is one of the best beach paradises in all of Asia. It has pristine beaches, mountains and riverside towns. I recommend that when you visit Dawei, you should join CBT programs, where you can study local people's lifestyle, nature and environment.

Natural Waterfalls in Dawei

Dawei's people like the rainy season because four townships in the district have natural waterfalls which will swell to natural water fun parks with loads of rain. Local people visit the waterfalls, swim and relax with friends or family at the waterfalls. If you visit Dawei from June to September, I want to recommend visiting the waterfalls in Dawei. Tour operators in Dawei offer special packages to the falls during this period.

Alm Bowl Floating Festival of Dawei Myanmar

The Alm Bowl festival is a traditional event that takes place in Dawei each year. During the festival, local people enjoy special moments with Dawei traditional dances, music and culture. If you visit Dawei in October, you can experience this unique event for yourself.

Take A Hike Mountains in Dawei

Dawei is a natural paradise and has many special activities that include beach hopping, waterfall trekking, hiking in mountains and boat trip to the islands. In Dawei, going hiking is a must-try activity because it has many famous mountains. Hiking is a good way to improve our health with a whole-body workout. If you explore hiking in the mountains, it will give you a special feeling and an unforgettable memory of your life.

Weaving Dawei Traditional Longyi

Dawei traditional longyi is one of the precious stones for local people and it is a movable cultural heritage. Locals produce Dawei traditional longyi with two methods of machine weaving and handmade weaving. Handmade weaving Longyi takes more time and requires skill and attention of weavers. Thus, when you visit Dawei, you can support handmade Dawei traditional longyi by promoting handmade products and our beloved traditional cultures of Dawei.

Exploring Local Foods Around Myeik Archipelago

Myeik is a wonderful location to explore natural Islands and delicious Cuisine. If you go to Myeik as a holiday trip, don't forget to try traditional foods and delectable seafood. On your Myeik itinerary, let's discover food from the Mergui Archipelago.

Amazing Places Around Kawthaung

If you want to see more of the city surrounding Kawthaung for day trips, I recommend to you my favorites. These amazing locations are really special, and these will be a memorable journey for you.

Dawei Traditional Pottery and Pot Dance

If you love Myanmar's culture and traditions, I want to recommend that you visit Dawei and join tours and learn Dawei traditional dances of Myanmar.

Dawei Women in Cashew Nuts Processing

All the processing of cashew nuts is operated by mostly women in Dawei. So, you can appreciate the hard work of women and support our local product of cashew nuts while visiting southern Myanmar.

Sea Gypsies Village of Dome Naung Mai

You should not miss visiting Dome Naung Mai in Myeik by experiencing Community-Based Tourism to promote the local life and the unique culture of Moken. Check here for more detail...

How We Make The Delicious Myanmar Ngapi : Shrimp & Fish Paste

Delicious Ngapi is made with small shrimps and fish. To obtain Ngapi, local people salt fish and small shrimps, dry salted fish and shrimp under the sun and pound them in a mortar. The duration of fermentation to get Ngapi takes 3 to 5 months which will vary according to different types of Ngapi. Some Ngapi makers add a little oil or salt to the paste to help preserve it, while others allow it to ferment naturally. For more information, see here....

Famous Shin Koe Shin Pagodas in Dawei

Shin Koe Shin Pagodas are unique 9 pagodas in Dawei. If you visit Dawei, you should visit Shin Koe Shin Pagodas and you can study the histories and architecture of Shin Koe Shin Pagodas. When most people visit Dawei, they first go to Shin Koe Shin pagodas. And then, they go to the beaches, islands, and other destinations.

Day Trip to Islands in Myeik Archipelago

Myeik is an island-hopping paradise and it is very popular for trips to Myeik Mergui archipelago. The average price of one island trip in Myeik archipelago is about 70,000 MMK or approximately 40 USD per one person. Check here for more info........

Must Visit Fisherman Village of Tizit

Tizit village is located in Launglone Township, Dawei District, Tanintharyi region. It is about 20 miles or approximately 32.1 km from Dawei. Tizit village is surrounded by mountains, beaches and waterfalls.

Natural Hot Springs in Tanintharyi

Tanintharyi region is the best place for nature lovers as it has many tourist destinations. If you visit the Tanintharyi region, you should go to hot springs to get good blood circulation, relax your body and get good skin. When you relax your body by enjoying nature at hot springs, you can calm your mind and then lose stress from something else.

Nga Pi (Shrimp & Fish Paste) Market in Dawei

Nga Pi is mostly made with small shrimps and it sometimes contains small fish. Local people salt small fish and tiny shrimps, place them in the sun and then pound them in a mortar to make Nga Pi. The pot's ferment duration to obtain Nga Pi takes 3 to 4 months. Check here for more info.......

Dawei Traditional Food: Mote Latt Thouk

Dawei the capital of Tanintharyi region in the south east of Myanmar is surrounded by mountains, beaches, waterfalls, and historical pagodas. But also home to the traditional Dawei food: Mote Latt Thouk. When you visit Dawei, you should try Dawei Mote Latt Thouk find out more about this delicious food in this article.

Fishery Village of San Hlan in Dawei

You can do such activities as learning about the fishery, hiking to mountains, relaxing at the CBT sites, and traveling to hidden beaches and islands in one place. If you are interested, you can read the full version...

Kalonehtar Community Based Tourism

At Kalonehtar CBT site, travelers can do activities like going around traditional medicines (herbage) garden, trekking across the green wood, eating lunch near the stream, doing some services at hot spring and visiting to souvenir shops to buy local products and drinking organic fruit juices.

Boat Day Trip to Moscos Islands

The Moscos Islands are located in the Andaman Sea sea in front of Launglon Township, Dawei District, in the south-east of Myanmar. Is the best place for Snorkeling when you stay in Dawei, the Capital city of the Tanintharyi Region.

Edible Bird Nest from Myanmar

Edible bird nest is a high-value nutrition supplement that is obtained from the edible bird nest swiftlet. It is also known as the white-nest swiftlet which is a small bird of the swift family which is found in South-East Asia. Read more about this fascinating traditional food from Tanintharyi.

5 Beaches You Shouldn’t Miss in Dawei

On the Dawei peninsula, white sand beaches are easily accessible with a car or motorbike within an hour drive or less.

Amazing Mountain Views of Dawei

Taung Moe Taung Mountain is the easiest and simplest to reach for hiking within 17 minutes drive from Dawei with amazing views.

The Handicraft Couple from Dawei

Learn how the lamp and natural fabric dye handicraft couple from Dawei, Myanmar turned their hobby into a business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Street Vendor Life in Dawei during Covid & Crisis

Although street vendors play an important role in the local economy in Dawei, nowadays, their sales are down and they are facing a lot of challenges and also struggling very hard to survive due to the Covid and Crisis.


Culture & History



Restaurants in Tanintharyi offer a delicious array of dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. From fresh seafood to traditional Burmese curries, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And with so many restaurants to choose from, you'll never be bored with your options. Whether you're looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, Tanintharyi has the perfect restaurant for you. So come and explore all that this region has to offer culinarily! You won't be disappointed.




Looking for a place to stay in Tanintharyi ? Check out our selection of hotels! Whether you're looking for luxury accommodations or a simple room to rest your head, we've got you covered. Our hotels are selected by our locality managers who live in Tanintharyi. The rating you see is based on who owns the hotel, there sustainable practices, and their impact on youth, women and communities. If you have feedback about one of our hotels please do contact us.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Tanintharyi region is between  October and  April.  Summer and winter are the most sustainable times to visit. In the rainy season, you can go to waterfalls (Taw Gel waterfall, Thayetchaung waterfall, Sin Koe Yap waterfall, Thingan Don waterfall). In the winter you can go to the mountains (Spa Mountain, Taung Moe Taung Mountain, Myint Mo Latt Khant Mountain) and hot springs  which are Maungmagan Hot Spring, Kalonehtar Hot Spring, Pae Hot Spring and Maliwam Hot Spring. In summer, you can go to the beaches (Maungmagan beach, Grandfather beach, Tizit beach, Japan beach, Palone Tone Tone beach), islands  that are Moscos island, Smart island, Dome island, Honeymoon island, 115 island, Zadak Gyi island, Bailey island, and so on. You can visit heritages and historical pagodas ( Shin Koe Shin Pagoda, Shwe Taung Zar Pagoda, Myaw Yint Pagoda, Shwe Thar Lyaung Statue, Pyi Taw Aye pagoda, Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda) in every season.

How to get there

There are three ways to get to Tanintharyi Region. From Yangon to Dawei ,You can go by plane, train and bus. The trip by bus takes about 12 hours and the trip by plane takes about 1 hour to arrive Dawei. If you are outsider of Myanmar, you can go to Dawei from Htee Khee Gate, Thai-Myanmar Border Gate and also Yangon International Airport. From Yangon to Myeik, you can go by express or by plane. It will take about 17 hours by car and about 1 hour by plane. From Myeik to Kawthaung, you can go by  bus. It can take 10 hours to 12 hours from Myeik to Kawthaung. The duration will take about 45 minutes by plane.

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Surrounding Regions

The region is home to a diverse range of ethnic groups, including the Mon, Karen, and Bamar peoples. The state capital, Moulmein, is a major trading hub and the largest city in the Mon State. The region is renowned for its production of teak lumber and rubber, as well as its stunning temples and scenic coastline. In recent years, the Mon State has experienced rapid economic growth, due in part to foreign investment. With its rich culture and natural beauty, the Mon State is an increasingly popular destination for tourists from all over the world.
Kayin is a state located in southeastern Myanmar. It is bordered by Thailand to the east, Bago Region to the north, Kayah State to the south, and Shan State to the west. The region has an area of 11,700 square kilometers and a population of approximately 1.5 million people