Dawei is a pleasant town with a few nice colonial buildings. It is the capital of the Tanintharyi region and is located about 650 km from Yangon. The famous, kilometer-long Maungmagan beach is about 15 km from Dawei. In addition, the town of around 147,000 inhabitants is known for its rubber production, cashew and mango plantations and fishery products. Because of the many palm trees, banana trees and mango trees, Dawei appears as a tropical green city, especially since there is also particularly high rainfall.
Shinmokhti Pagode is located in the village of Shinmokhti on the road to Myeik, 10 km south of Dawei. King Sawthila had it built in 1435. The pagoda houses a shrine with one of the four Buddha Images, which are said to have been washed ashore on each raft from Sri Lanka. The Buddha figure supposedly contains pieces of wood from the original Bodhi tree inside. The other three statues are in Kyaikpawlaw Pagoda in Kyaikhto and Yele Paya in Kyaikkami, which are in Mon State, and in the Shwemokhtaw Pagoda in Pathein which is in the Ayeyarwady region.
Lined with all kinds of hidden sights, Myeik, which has around 285,000 inhabitants and is located about 260 km south of Dawei, can be described as one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Myanmar. Numerous pagodas, colonial facades and idyllic monasteries spread out on hills with wonderful views characterize the lively city. In addition to trading in tin, tungsten, rubber, coconuts, rattan, bird nests and pearls, the port town lives primarily from fishing. Myeik is also a starting point for visiting the around 800 islands of the Mergui Archipelago.
As the most important sanctuary in Myeik, Theindawgyi Pagoda rises on a mountain above the city. It was built in 18th century. The prayer hall was built in Mon style from wood, bricks and stucco and has an impressively carved, painted wooden ceiling. Next to a spacious prayer hall, there is a large golden stupa surrounded by four smaller ones. In front of a reclining Buddha figure is a giant seated Buddha figure. The pagoda offers a wonderful view of the harbor and the offshore island of Pataw Padet.