DEE DOKE WATERFALL & BLUE LAGOONS – MYANMAR

DEE DOKE WATERFALL & BLUE LAGOONS – MYANMAR

Dee Doke Waterfall (also known as Dee Dote) is a hidden gem, located high in the mountains just outside of Mandalay City, Myanmar. Get off the beaten Myanmar route and take the time to visit Dee Doke Waterfall and the incredible blue lagoons for I guarantee it won’t disappoint!

WHERE IS DEE DOTE WATERFALL & HOW TO GET THERE

Dee Doke Waterfall is approximately a 1 hour 15 minutes drive south-east of Mandalay City. See the map below for the exact pin location of Dee Doke Waterfall.

The scenic drive out to Dee Doke Waterfall will take you through small local villages at the foot of towering cliffs and eventually running parallel with beautiful Myitnge River.

There are two options of getting to Dee Dote Waterfall.

#1 Rent a scooter – Renting a scooter in Mandalay is cheap and the most efficient way to get around self-guided. I rented a scooter from Mandalay Motorbike Rental and Tours for 10,000 Kyat ($7) per day. The bikes are in great condition and the guys at the rental shop were very friendly. Alternatively, your accommodation may be able to organise a scooter rental for you.

#2 Grab taxi – The cost of a Grab taxi from Mandalay to Dee Doke Waterfall is approximately 120,000 Kyat ($75) one way. Download the Grab app from the App Store on your smartphone in order to use Grab taxi services.

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PIN LOCATION OF DEE DOKE WATERFALL

ARRIVING AT DEE DOKE WATERFALL

There are no signposts showing the entrance to Dee Dote Waterfall from the road so listen carefully to these directions.

Using the map above, turn right off the main Mandalay-Lashio Rd at the Full Max Petrol Station and stay on this Unnamed Road for exactly 22km. You will then take a left-hand turn onto a gravel road, drive for a further 2 minutes to the parking lot at Dee Doke Waterfall. See the image below for reference.

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Turn left here at this road to Dee Doke Waterfall

WHAT TO EXPECT AT DEE DOTE WATERFALL

I arrived at the gravel parking lot at Dee Doke Waterfall around 9am. I paid 3oo Kyat to park the scooter and there were no other entrance fees to visit the Dee Doke Waterfall.

It is an easy to moderate 20-minute hike from the carpark to main falls at Dee Doke Waterfall. It was crazy to see the minimalist lives that the locals were living in their DIY bamboo huts on the way up to Dee Doke Waterfall. Some shelter, food and water is all they needed and seemed happy enough to say Mingalabar (hello) with a big grin on their face as I walked past.

You will come to an intersection along the rocky trail, one path leading down to the left and the other path up to the right. Take the path down to the left for a2-minutee hike down to the main swimming area at Dee Doke Waterfall. The other trail leads up to the blue lagoons which I will mention further down in this blog post.

The main swimming area at Dee Doke Waterfall has a number of rock pools and a small waterfall breaking through the rocks halfway up the valley. The water is a bit fresh until the sun reaches up over the mountains at around 10am lighting up the entire valley and providing some heat down in the rock pools. There is also a small cafe built into the side of the mountain selling cold drinks and snack foods.

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THE BLUE LAGOONS AT DEE DOKE WATERFALL

After swimming at the Dee Dote Waterfall and the surrounding rockpools, I continued the adventure further up the valley to the other blue lagoons.

I hiked back to the intersection on the trail and then took the path that leads off to the right. It is a further 5-10 minute hike to the blue lagoons at the top of the valley.

I was in awe when I laid eyes on this crazy lagoon. The colour of the water was fluorescent blue, getting its colour from the towering limestone cliffs that surround the lagoon. The lagoon was no more than 2 meters deep so I wouldn’t recommend doing any cliff jumping here, however, it would be rude not to go for a refreshing swim!

One of the many beautiful features of this blue lagoon at Dee Doke Waterfall is the unique tree that is growing tall right out of the fluorescent blue waters. Impressive to say the least!

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MANDALAY ACCOMMODATION

Mandalay has dozens of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay that caters for luxury travellers to budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Hilton Mandalay

Mid Range: Eastern Palace Hotel

Budget: Hotel Venus

For all other accommodations in Mandalay, you can click HERE to search on booking.com

OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST IN MYANMAR

For more Myanmar backpacking adventures, you may want to read my other travel guides below:

10 Best Things To Do In Mandalay

5 Awesome Things To Do In Bagan

5 Things To Do In Inle Lake

5 Awesome Things To Do In Hpa An

Yangon Bike Tour

Thanks for reading this article an if you have any questions about Dee Dote Waterfall please leave me a comment below.

Happy Adventuring 🙂

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