Dawei or Tavoy in south Myanmar

This is the capital of Tanintharyi Division situated on the east bank of the river, 384 kilometers by air from Yangon, the southern most administrative region in the country adjacent to Mon State to the north and Thailand to the east.

A long narrow coastal plain bounded by the Andaman Sea in the west and the Tanintharyi Yomas in the east which runs to Kawthaung, the most southerly point of Myanmar adjacent to Ranong in Thailand with Phuket 300km further south.

The Andaman Sea around

is dotted with hundreds of islands including the Heinze group, the Maung-magan group and the Myeik or Mergui Archipelago which comprises more than 800 beautiful and attractive islands. Some of the more familiar ones are the Mali, Thahtay Kyun, Salone Kyun, Lampi, Pale, Letsutaw, Carrie, Zadetgalay, Zadetgyi, Owen and Katharine Islands.

The city is connected to Maung-magan a popular seaside beach resort, by the 880 meter Kamyawkin Bridge which has shortened the distance to Yangon by 152 km. Mining is an important economic activity in Tanintharyi with some 67% of Myanmar’s production of tin and tungsten mined in the division. Important mines are Heinda, Harmyingyi, Yawa, Nanthida, Yadanabon, Kyauknitaung and Kanbauk.

Diamond exploration work has increased in various townships of the and holds promise. Ships berth at Maung-magan and passengers can cross and travel by land to the city thus avoiding the extra sea voyage around the Shin Maw Peninsula.

Dawai project business possibilities and downstream development

Dawai People

Huge tracts of paddy fields dominate countryside, it’s green everywhere, but people are real poor. This might change a bit now since large investment from Thailand is on the way for the

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Dawai industrial and deep sea port project

The Myanmar government has granted the right to develop and use the area to Italian-Thai Development Public Company ( ITD ). The idea is to develop a fully-integrated industrial zone with a deep seaport, a pipeline along the road to Thailand, highways and railroad to Thailand’s Kanchanaburi Province. This will cover an area of 205 square kilometers.

Dawai Project Overall

From DDC


Dawai Project Strategic Plan

Investment plan

Investment plan From Bangkok Post

Dawai Project Regional Impact

Dawai Project Regional Impact from Global Asia



Second Phase Development

Dawai port project.

From ITD and read more

Around Dawai

dawai monks

Tanintharyi has a tropical, monsoon climate with a total annual rainfall exceeding that of the rest of the country and average summer and winter temperatures of 29’C and 25’C respectively. This is a secondary seaport handling exports of tin, tungsten, rice, rubber, timber, charcoal and dried areca nuts and is currently developed with the help of Thailand into a seep sea port and industrial zone with a road connection into Thailand.

Myanmar Dawai Tavoy the main road from Yangon to southern Myanmar

Dawai – Tavoy the main road from Yangon to southern Myanmar

The first gas pipeline

from the offshore Yadana Field passes nearby on the way to Thailand.

Fruits such as those found in Mawlamyine, Mon State, including durians, rambutans and mangos teens are more abundant in Dawai or Tavoy Division.

The most venerated pagodas in Dawai or Tavoy are the Shin Motehti Pagoda, a few miles south of the town, Shin Datweh Pagoda in the north and Shin Maw Pagoda on the Dawei promontory. A 243-foot long reclining

Buddha image occupies the Lawka Tharaphu Pagoda. Natives speak Bamar language with a peculiar accent of its own.

In the 18th Century a group of Dawei people

known as Inthas or Sons of the Lake, migrated to Inle Lake to avoid the continual conflicts between the Myanmar’s and Thais.

Dawai or Tavoy Buffaloes in the river Myanmar

Buffaloes in the river on the way to Mergui


Dawai or Tavoy 3 Ladies working in the ricefield Myanmar

3 Ladies working in the rice field          

Dawai or Tavoy girl working in the ricefield Myanmar

Girl working in the rice field