Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Dawei attractions

Dawei attractions

Places I have visited during my 26-29dec2017 stay in  
Dawei = Tawoy in chronological order:
Lek Khant Hill Pagoda (Launglon)
San Lan fishing village
Kyat Min Pagoda 
Shwetalyaung Daw Mu Reclining Buddha Statue
Dawei railway station and abandoned railway line
Myaw Yit Pagoda (Maungmagan)
Hot Spring (Maungmagan)

(1 THB = 42 MMK, 1 EUR = 1600 MMK, 1 USD = 1350 MMK)
Moulmein to Dawei by van,  12 kMMK. There are vans at 6:30 and 10, and a bus at 18. I took the van at 10, dep 10:01, short stops to let passengers in and out, lunch break 13:13-46, one passport control (copies of front and visa page required!), arrive in Dawei bus station 16:53. Out of town, mocy into town 2 kMMK (I should have negotiated down to 1).

Lek Khant Hill Pagoda (Launglon)
With help of a local get van to Launglon (1500 MMK for front seat, 9:34-10:22, then mocy 2 kMMK 10:26-35). The road from Launglon to San Lan fishing village is soil, but the road to the temple is concrete! T-junction to the temple at
13°56'59.1"N 98°05'38.1"E = 13.949735, 98.093926 




Walk to top 10:40-11:32 (595 m above sea level, road is fine for mocy or car). Houses for monks, western toilet, free drinking water, and some golden rocks and pagodas (no entry for women):





San Lan fishing village
From T-junction (concrete road to pagoda, soil road between Launglon and San Lan) hitchhike to San Lan fishing village.







Recruit a local boy with mocy to take me to Launglon and give him 3 kMMK, then hitchhike to Dawei.

Kyat Min Pagoda 
Has a Buddha statue with 6 fingers on his left hand (lying flat on lap, visible in mirror) which is housed in this building 14°05'07.0"N 98°12'08.9"E = 14.085275, 98.202484 



For the next day hire car and driver, 50 kMMK, 10:01-16:55.


Shwetalyaung Daw Mu Reclining Buddha Statue 
14°02'36.5"N 98°13'55.4"E = 14.043473, 98.232063
(constructed 1931, 75 m long, 21 high, 
data from: Stefan Loose Reisefuehrer Myanmar)






Dawei railway station and abandoned railway line
Southern end of railway line. Passenger trains slow and inconvenient times, so I did take the van (10-17) instead of train (4-17) from Moulmein.



But the track continues, then gets interrupted, and the last trace of construction work is 37 km by air south of the railway station (my investigation on google maps satellite). Several bridges have been built, and track has been laid and is still in place. There must be a fascinating story behind it!

Abandoned railway bridge and crossing:





Myaw Yit Pagoda (Maungmagan)
Temple on an island/peninsula (depending on tide), accessible by a bridge. 





What I found most interesting is the eroded granite on the shore:






Hot Spring (Maungmagan)
14°09'20.3"N 98°06'14.7"E = 14.155638, 98.104094
Entry 100 MMK. No locker or changing room. Can't enter the pool, ladle the hot water over your body. And once you are wet, you have to keep ladling, else you will get cold! A small disapppointment.



Next day Dawei to Kanchanaburi http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2018/01/dawai-to-kanchanaburi.html

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2 comments:

  1. you did it again ! quite remote and unexplored corner of Burma

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  2. Some great scenery. Including the scenery stood next to the hot spring ;)

    z909

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