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The Islands of Mergui Tanintharyi Region Beaches & Islands | 0 comments

The Mergui Archipelago is the jewel in Myanmar's crown. In fact it's a series of jewels, more than 800, to be exact.
The Islands of Mergui

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These wildlife-rich islands lie in the Andaman Sea off the south coast of Myanmar (Burma), and attract sightseers from across the globe. Their coral reefs, beaches, rainforests and swamps are home to a vast range of unusual flora and fauna, and in particular the islands’ diving opportunities are considered among the best in the world.

Kadan Kyun is the largest and the highest of the Mergui islands. It has an area of 450 sq. km (280 sq. miles) and a highest point of 767 m (2,516 ft). Saganthit and Letsok-aw Kyun, each at roughly 250 sq. km (155 sq. miles), form impressive lumps in the archipelago. Their thickly-forested hills provide refuge for a number of rare and protected species.

Lanbi Kyun measures 188 sq. km (116 sq. miles) and is also covered in dense forest. Its crystal waters, which are still considered virgin, play host to a dazzling array of marine life. Zadetkyi, at the bottom of the archipelago, has an area of 176 sq. km (109 sq. miles) and its hilly surface features two iconic peaks.

Thayawthadangyi is another of the larger Mergui islands, consisting of the typically lush, forested peaks and hills. Its highest point is 533 m (1,748 ft). Other islands in the archipelago include: Bentinck Kyun, Mali Kyun, Than Kyun, Christie Island and Auriol Island, each playing host to some of the most unusual and fascinating natural spectacles on earth.

Monkeys, deer, wild swine and tropical birds are commonplace; a rhinoceros has reportedly been seen on Lanbi. The coral reefs team with spectacular sea life. It’s no wonder this formerly out-of-bounds archipelago is becoming one of the greatest natural shows on earth.


More attractions in Tanintharyi Region? Check out: MaCleod Island

If you're interested in Beaches & Islands attractions - check out: Shipwrecks: Diving for a Piece of the Past

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