The coastline of Southern Burma is lined with beaches. Huge, beautiful white and yellow sand beaches that go on for miles and miles and miles, with not a soul on them.
Ok, there are the ‘popular’ ones, like Maungmakan near Dawei, which is lined with little bamboo huts serving drinks and seafood, and has a few locals playing in the waves and some stray dogs harassing you while you’re trying to read, but I still wouldn’t call it busy by any stretch.
But most of them are completely empty. Undiscovered and unknown and unpopulated, except by a few locals from the nearby fishing village who come to collect their dinner.
It’s only a matter of time before this all gets ‘discovered’. I bet investors and developers already have their eyes on this area as the next big beach destination, and with Burma opening up more and more it won’t be long before big resorts start popping up here.
Also, there is a Deep Sea Port planned for Dawei. At the moment, it consists of nothing more than some decent dirt roads going out to the quiet beach at its planned location, but I was told that it’s supposed to be finished in 2015! Not very likely, from the looks of it.
For now, it’s not super easy to get here. The roads are long and rough, amenities are scarce, and thus the beaches are still empty, peaceful, and oh, so beautiful. Let’s hope they stay that way for just a little while longer.
Have you been to a place like this, completely undeveloped and undiscovered? Tell us about it! How can we help preserve these places?