Myeik Archipelago -Exploring the Unexplored
Myeik Archipelago is a group of around 800 islands situated on the peninsula which juts out to the Andaman Sea. It is considered as one of the hidden treasures of Myanmar which remains to be explored and discovered. The group of 800 islands are dotted throughout the Andaman Sea just off the coast that runs between Myeik and Kawthung.
Some of the islands in Myeik Archipelago are pristine and untouched. Myeik earlier known as Mergui is a strategically important port. Tourist attractions are many. The Archipelago boasts of a wide variety of flora and fauna both on land and under water. Some islands have magnificent white beaches beautiful than many famous beaches in the world.
Tourists can take a flight or by road to reach Myeik. Regular flights from Yangon (Rangoon) to Kawthaung (Victoria Point) takes around 1 hour 40 minutes. From Bangkok there are daily flights to Ranong that takes 1 hour 15 minutes and from Phuket it takes only 20 minutes to reach Ranong. Visitors from Thailand can charter a boat and reach Ranong, a small town located on the borders of Thailand to Kawthaung or Victoria Point through river.
Majority of the people living here are Myanmar, Salones and Pashu. Myeik Archipelago offers an unique opportunity of observing the unique way of life of the Salones or Sea Gypsies. They are also known as Mekong and are indigenous people. They can be found around the Lampi island area. They live nomadic lives and spend most of their lives living on boats. They use the traditional methods of fishing and boat building techniques.
Tourists visiting Myeik can participate in a host of activities outdoor activities like kayaking and scuba diving. The underwater corals are a home to many types of dolphins, sharks and different varieties of fish.
The lush green terrestrial forests present an amazing diversity in wildlife. Animals on land include monkeys, elephants, deer, wild pigs, crocodiles and rhinoceros. Birds like parrots, hornbills, sea eagles can be seen flying the skies of Myeik.
Sun, sand and beaches – untouched and pristine and these make Myeik Archipelago in southern Myanmar a unique tourist destination.