DPDM #18: Dawei

DVB’s Roadshow explores this week Dawei and surrounding villages. This city in southeastern Myanmar is the capital of Tanintharyi Region.


This week DVB’s deputy director Khin Maung Win joined the crew. Since he originates from this region, he knows the area and its most pending issues.


Dawei is a port at the head of the Dawei River estuary, 30 km (18.6 mi) from the Andaman Sea. As a result the city is prone to flooding during the monsoon season. “Dawei” is also the name of one of Myanmar’s 135 ethnic minorities.

After independence in 1948, the city became part of the Tenasserim Division, which also included today’s Mon State. In 1974, Mon State was carved out of Tenasserim and Dawei became the capital of the truncated Division. In 1989, the city’s English name was changed from Tavoy to Dawei, and Tenasserim became Tanintharyi.


DPDM is aired every day of the week on DVB TV; see the time table on the left. Next week the Roadies will go further south and show you Myeik. If you have any question or comment for the crew, please leave a comment on facebook.com/dvb.dpdm.

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