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Maungmagan Beach

      Maungmagan is a village and beach located approximately 12 kilometers north-west of Dawei, the capital of Taninthayi Division. It is the second oldest beach locale established in Myanmar after Ngapali. It is approximately 45-minutes drive away from Dawei and 75 minutes flight from Yangon, the principal city of Myanmar. It was a popular beach destination in Myanmar until the establishment of Chaungtha which was much more closer to Yangon. The beach is being redeveloped by the Burmese government as a stop over for the much promoted ecotourism to the Myeik Archipelago.

      Maungmagan is a beautiful beach in Thanintharyi Division. Maungmagan is a seaside village ten miles from Dawei. Most people in this region are fishermen. Thus the fishermen of Maungmagan are familiar with the majestic sea while happily carrying out fishing skillfully as their living by tradition. Dawei is the capital city of Taninthayi Division in the costal region of southern Myanmar Maungmagan is a seaside village ten miles from Dawei. Most of the villagers carry out fishing at sea as a living tradition. Boats are vital requirements for fishing at the sea. Various sizes of fishing boats are used in this work but Boatmahlay is the most useful in manageable fishing of a family. It is a small wooden boat built without any iron or steel. The smallest Boatmahlay is 18 feet long which is used for fishing within nautical 10 miles from the coast.

      The construction of Boatmahlay is wonderful. It is built with Bantbwae wood planks attached with small wooden sticks into the holes on either sides of the boat. Two planks used for building the boat are joined together by keeping small wooden sticks into the holes on the sides of the planks. Yaynyantha wood is kept between the two planks to prevent water seepage into the boat. Then the ropes are tied around the planks to keep them tight together. All the Botema boats are built in this way though there may be differences in size.The fishermen of Maungmagan village load their boats with food supplies and other needs for one or two days fishing at the sea.

      The fishermen go out to the open sea by boats depending on the weather. They would joyfully return to their village after sufficient amount of catch at the sea. Their housewives would put the fish on sale at the market.There are various kinds of fish Kettabaung sharks. Ngakunshut (mackerel Ngaleikkyauk and at maungmagan fish market in the morning.

      Maungmagan Beach is thus alive with the fisherman and their fishing boats returning after a night’s fishing at the sea and carrying out preparations to go out to the open sea again in the evening. Thus the fishermen of Maungmagan are familiar with the majestic sea while happily carrying out fishing skillfully as their living by tradition.

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