Dawei doesn’t have much to explore besides the numerous wide beaches in the Peninsula. Some say the best beaches in Myanmar are here, but exploring the city itself will not take you much time.
Actually there aren’t many things to do in Dawei. People come here for being the closest city to Dawei beaches, even if not that close to many of them.
The vintage vibe of Dawei
However, Dawei is such a charming and inspiring place. It’s clean and beautiful with a vintage vibe. The houses along the street are what make Dawei so charming. Personally I am an architecture and design lover, and seeing those houses is an inspiring thing as I am looking for ideas for my own house in the future. The colonial houses look stunning, so colorful, and vibrant. It is not a boring street walk, at all. They are wooden houses colored in many pastel colors that I love, with different facades sometimes filled with flowers. So, so pretty. I love it! It is a very photogenic place.
But, the city is small and that charming walk doesn’t last forever. Besides walking on the street and appreciate architecture, there is not that much to do in Dawei. There is the main pagoda that I made sure to visit. Very quiet and beautiful. I like to go to quiet temples to sit and chill.
Dawei night market
There is a night market that I decided to visit for some food but it was useless. I couldn’t even see properly what they are selling. During the nighttime, Dawei can be a very dark place as there is no street light in the majority of the roads. The same happens in the night market street. It was the most charming and uncommon night market I have ever seen.
Usually, night markets are filled with life, super crowded with lights everywhere, well this one is different. There are no lights, but candles. Yes, all the lighting around is provided by candles. How romantic! I call it the most romantic night market ever! The food stalls are lighted with candles as well as the dining tables. It looks like a giant romantic dinner in the middle of the street haha
There are also some nice cafes and restaurants, but not many. I don’t even see many food stalls on the street… However, I advise Tavoy kitchen with locals dishes and a very pleasant ambiance, and Hello Dawei where you can rent a motorbike, book tours, and get some advice on how to explore the peninsula. You can also book for Paradise beach here.
Besides this, all you have to do is ride a motorbike and discover Dawei beaches that are spread through the coast almost 100km long.