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!
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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 for getting to Dee Dote Waterfall and they are;
#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 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 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 please 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.
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 9 am. 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 car park 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 a 2-minute 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.
The main falls at Dee Doke Waterfall
Dee Dooke Rockpools
Main swimming area at Dee Doke Falls
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 to 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 color of the water was fluorescent blue, getting its color 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 to cool off.
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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Tree growing in the blue lagoon
Blue lagoons at Dee Doke Waterfall
WHERE TO STAY IN MANDALAY
Mandalay has dozens of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Mandalay to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Hilton Mandalay
Mid Range: Eastern Palace Hotel
Budget: Hotel Venus
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WHAT TO PACK FOR MANDALAY
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF DEE DOKE WATERFALL
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