It's a busy day at Shin Maw Pagoda, on the very southern tip of Dawei Peninsula. We've riden out here, nearly 3 hours from Dawei on a twisty, windy, hilly, sometimes one-lane road with C Thu MG, our cheerful expert driver.
In theory, this is a beach expedition, but first things first.
The pagoda is packed with pilgrims, who arrived here on the same road on motor bikes, packed into flatbed trucks and tuktuks, Many spend the night. They are delighted and cheerful to see us, two of a handful of non-local tourists.
It's an incredible setting, with tiers of temples and statues.
Unfortunately, we're not welcome past a certain point.
After the temple, we headed back for lunch. Fishermen in the village live just as they've been for centuries.
This lady cooked our delicious lunch, especially the local Dawei greens she's holding.
Here it's prepared with eggs, so Pam couldn't have any. On the right is a mango salad—even better than Yamo's.
Now it's time for our final destination. C Thu plays dreadful muzak most of the way: Neil Young's Heart of Gold, Paul Anka's Diana, and Killing Me Softly. Eventually I can't take it anymore, and I play Killing Me Softly by the Fugees.
Our final stop is the night market at the local mall, where a children's beauty pageant is commencing. These delicate pancakes are made from coconut. They cost around 200 kyat or less than 20¢ each.
Here's the finished result, like a Sri Lankan hopper! So delicate and delicious (အရသာရှိသော).