Dawei saved by isolation

DAWEI, MYANMAR, 7 April 2016: Only houses in a 100-metre radius are visible from the top floors of Shwe Maung Tan Hotel, one of the tallest buildings in Dawei, Myanmar.

Green foliage covers the town in the morning mist of February, during my visit, hiding most of the buildings from view with the exception of the golden Shwe Taung Zar pagoda.

A journey to Dawei, the capital of Tanintharyi Region in the southernmost corner of Myanmar, turns the clock back by decades. Time stopped when the military junta isolated the country for half a century. But being 615 km from the centre of development in Yangon and physically separated from the rest of Bamar regions by the Mon State ensures Dawei misses out on most investor interest. Read more