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Home >> Burma Destinations >> Mergui (Myeik)

Mergui (Myeik)

Stretched down the Andaman coast to the very southern tip of Burma, the Mergui or Myeik archipelago must be one of the last untouched tropical island systems left on earth, defined by its archipelago of over 800 islands, mostly covered in lush vegetation & often fringed with soft white margins of sand, strewn with broken, sun-bleached branches & smelling of salt – definitely not Ambre Solaire.

Off-limits to foreigners until 1997, very few of the nine hundred or so islands have permanent habitation, thus the area remains unexplored by modern travellers. Once arriving here, you are more than likely to encounter nothing but dolphins, few Moken fishermen sea gypsies, verdant green islands and azure blue seas and tropical reefs if you make the trip to this stunning area of an untouched country.

The archipelago harbours the Moken sea-tribe, a nomadic group of around 3,000 who live in hand-made wooden boats & stilt-houses just off the coast. These expert free divers make a living by searching for mother-of-pearl & oysters.

The city of Mergui carries on it back several hundred years old, a historic seaport which thrives by trading fish, lobsters, rubber, coconuts, farmed pearls & edible bird’s nests. The peninsula is largely preserved by National Park status, with diverse ecosystems spanning from mangrove swamps to coral reefs. The diving sites here are excellent, with expansive seagrass beds flourishing an abundance of marine life, consisting of whale sharks & rays.

The drawback of this remote gem is the accommodation issue with only two hotels, one of which is a casino near the Thai border and the other a guest house situated on the stunning Mcleod Island two hours boat ride from the mainland. You can charter your own yacht out of Phuket or indeed hop on a live-aboard dive boat to visit this chain of islands or to stay at the very simple but clean Burma Andaman Resort which has its own dive school and water sports centre.

MERGUI (MYEIK) ATTRACTIONS:

 

Nyaungyee Island

Nyaungyee Island

Salon Island

Salon Island

Wa Ale Kyunn

Wa Ale Kyunn

Lumpi Marine Park

Lumpi Marine Park

Kawthaung

Kawthaung

The Moken

The Moken

Thayaw Thadan Island

Thayaw Thadan Island

Khatyinkhuk Island

Khatyinkhuk Island

 

AROUND MERGUI (MYEIK):

Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)

Golden Rock

Bago

Bago

Mawlamyine

Mawlamyine

Yangon

Yangon

 

MERGUI (MYEIK) HOTEL SUGGESTIONS:

  • 5 star: Andaman Resort
  • 3 star: Andaman Club
  • 2 Star: Kawthaung Hotel, Penguin Hotel

 

WHERE TO EAT:

  1. Yabanar Oo Restaurant
  1. Thai Seafood Restaurant

 

Other Information About Mergui (Myeik)

HOW TO GET TO MERGUI (MYEIK)

By plane

Mergui can be easily accessed by domestic flights. Myanmar Airways has daily flights to Mergui while Air Bagan runs 3 flights per week, from Yangon. However, it is essential to check the schedule of the services with the representative offices of the airlines as the flights may be canceled without prior notice due to lack of bookings, the weather, or other unpredictable circumstances.

By boat

Inland Water Transport offers multiple choice to arrive Mergui due to their large network of waterway transportation. Fast ferries operate daily from Kawthaung to Mergui with 6 hours taking. Ferries from Dawei to the north to Mergui are available with about 4 hours running. Alternatively, Five Star Line passengers is another choice. This operator offers comfortable first-class 2-berth cabins.

GETTING AROUND

Getting around Mergui is surely one of the best experiences in Burma. You can go around on foot, or by motorcycle, cabs or cycle rickshaw. Taxis are available outside the major hotels. Normal price to hire a private car with driver would be about $50 a day while motorcycles and bikes can be rented for $25 a day.