CBT Tizit community base tourism
Visit a fishermen village, learn how local fishers use the fascinating fishing gear. Try hand casting a fishing net or searching for shellfish and swim and relax on Tizit’s white sand beach, with a sunset seafood picnic.
Contact: All bookings must be made through Tizit CBT Club, at least 24 hours in advance, by calling Mr. Aung Myint Htoo 09 42220 2987 (Myanmar Language Only) of through a Tour Operator in Dawei
Tizit’s half-day tour program offers you fascinating and fun insights into the lives of the fisher families who live along the stunning Dawei peninsular. The tour gives visitors a chance to deep dive into local fishing livelihoods, combined with a warm home welcome, hands-on fishing experience and delicious local food.
Fishers’ Life Greeting Gallery and taste a traditional snack
On arrival, visitors receive a warm welcome to the village by a local community guide, who is a member of Tizit’s Community Based Tourism (CBT) club.
Your local guide will demonstrate how to use a fascinating variety of small scale fishing gear. Various nets, rods and traps are carefully selected by the fishers, based on tides, time of day, and the types of fish which they hope to catch. During the Fishers’ Gallery experience, guests enjoy a selection of tasty, traditional Dawei snacks, prepared by the Tizit CBT Cooking Group.
Visit a traditional Dawei Home and try on local Dawei dress
Next, we are welcomed to visit a typical Dawei home. The homeowner will welcome us with Betel nut, which is a Daweian tradition, before introducing some interesting aspects of Daweian house design and local beliefs. At the end of the house visit, we have the chance to try on traditional Daweian dress.
Simple, hands-on fishers’ life experience!
Next, our local guide leads us through the village for approximately 30-60 minutes, to the sand-flats and beach. Exact activities depend on the tide. We can either learn how to hunt for shellfish and crabs or learn how to cast a fishing net into the sea. Joining daily activities with the villagers is good fun, but be aware that this is not sports fishing - our catch is usually quite small!
Free time to relax and swim by the beach
Before enjoying our sunset picnic, there is plenty of time to enjoy a cool swim in the beautiful blue sea, or just relax on Tizit’s stunning white sand beach.
White sand, sunset beach picnic by Tizit cooking group
A highlight of Tizit’s program is a sumptuous beach picnic, cooked by Tizit’s community-based tourism cooking group. There are 2 options. Either Special Seafood Picnic, which is mainly seafood; or Grandma’s Recipes Picnic; which only has one seafood dish for people who prefer meat or vegetarian menus.
How to Book the CBT Experiences of Tizit
All bookings must be made through Tizit CBT Club, at least 24 hours in advance, by calling Mr. Aung Myint Htoo 09 42220 2987 (Myanmar Language Only) of through a Tour Operator in Dawei
Additional programs are available on request.
Keep the Sea Clean: Bring Your Own Water Bottle
To avoid creating unnecessary waste, customers should bring their own drinking water in reusable bottles. Free refill stations will be available. Bottled water is also available, for an additional cost.
Background of the Tizit CBT Program:
Please note: Villagers in Tizit started to develop community-based tourism in 2018, supported by the United Nations International Trade Center (ITC). Community members discussed and decided which aspects of local life, culture and nature they feel proud and comfortable to share with visitors. These were developed into fun, active tour programs. Community members received training in tour guiding, food hygiene, how to take bookings and accounting. Local guides lead visitors to explore special places and meet local families and artisans. Visitors pay modest fees for food, activities and local guide fees. There are cheaper ways to visit local villages. However, CBT aims for a better local experience and real local benefits. Please respect the villagers’ work by using their services.