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Mergui (or Myeik) Archipelago Tanintharyi Region Cities & Towns | Landscape | Beaches & Islands | 0 comments

An ultimate vacation spot in Myanmar is the Mergui Archipelago, an area of natural and unspoiled beauty.
Mergui (or Myeik) Archipelago

Not only is the archipelago home to 800 islands with outstanding marine and terrestrial life, it is also the home to the Moken. The “sea gypsies” are one of the most enigmatic and appealing peoples of Southeast Asia. They live almost exclusively on the water and their spiritual approach to living is endlessly endearing.

Open Again

The Mergui Archipelago was long closed to tourists. It was in 1997 that restrictions were lifted, but  restrictions on travel have meant that relatively few visitors entered this fascinating part of Myanmar (Burma).

There are 3 flights a week from Yangon, which sometimes are canceled without notice. Alternatively you might want to jump on a boat (which is cheaper) from Kawthoung or Dawei. Those with larger budgets might be able to grab the Five Star Line to visit Mergui, but you’ll need to time it right because they only visit once a fortnight or so. The line's first-class cabins are the nicest way to get there.

What’s to see?

The Mergui Archipelago is a big place. The hundreds of islands in the area each have a distinctive nature. Many are covered with enormous rain forest canopies and the illegal logging practices of the mainland haven’t made it out to the islands yet. That means you can enjoy a relaxing walk through the trees, spotting deer, monkeys, wild boar and tropical birds.

Rent a boat and enjoy some of the most spectacular fishing in the world. Or pop on a snorkel and go scuba diving over  healthy and thriving coral reefs. Keep an eye out for dolphins as you go; while there are sharks in the area, there are no reports of any great problems for swimmers from them.

Or Just Chill

For those who prefer just to kick back and chill, pick an island (almost any island) and stock up on beer and barbecue and lay back in the white sand. It’s the perfect way to spend a day resting up from traveling the rest of Myanmar.

There are a lot of islands to choose from on the Mergui Archipelago and we’ve put together a list of the best including; Salon Island, Thathay Island, Khatyinkhuk Island, Myaukni Island, Haingu Island, 115 Island, Nyaungyee Island, Bocho Island, Lanpe Island, Wa Ale Kyunn Island, Pheela Island, Palau Nala Island, Great Swington Island, Langan Island, MaCleod Island, Ye Aye HnalThaihe Island, Kabean Island, Pula Set Island and ThayawThadan Island.


More attractions in Tanintharyi Region? Check out: Nyaungyee Island

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