The Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago is one of SE Asia’s last truly undisturbed tropical island paradises. The Myeik Islands today are what the islands of Thailand where like 30 years ago-pristine empty beaches, turquoise waters, intact coral reefs and a super abundance of marine life awaiting divers. There are perhaps 800 islands in Myeik Archipelago just off the southern Taninthayi (Tenasserim) coast. The archipelago is accessible by boats from the ancient towns of Myeik and Kawthaung. The main island, Lumpi (recently turned into a National Park) is about 90 miles and 60 miles away from these towns respectively. Our tours of these islands are multifaceted in that one can focus on diving, sea kayaking, interacting with the indigenous people known as the Moken, hiking the beaches and forests on the various islands-or undertake trips that include all of these activities.
Most of our journeys to the Archipelago include all these activities. A typical day might begin with early morning nature paddles in kayaks through ancient mangrove forests to secluded beaches where we bird or spot some of the incredible island populations of barking deer, wild boar, langurs, crab-eating macaque, eagles, kites, ospreys and others. After picnic lunches, there are options for further sea kayaking, snorkeling and (depending on the island) visiting with itinerant populations of Moken people. The Moken (also known as ‘sea gypsies’ or Salone) are some of the least known people in the world. They are largely aquatic in that they live on boats for 10 months a year, moving with the ocean currents to wherever the best fishing can be found. They live completely in harmony with nature in that they dive for most of their fish and hunt with handmade tools. During the monsoon they draw their boats up on land and live in temporary bamboo beach huts.
Woodland Travels is committed to the preservation of the Myeik Archipelago. Sustainable development is important for this area and ecotourism, such as the type we offer, is means to that end. We make careful effort to tour these islands gently and we have invested much to alert the world to the fragility of this region.
Woodlands helped produce the award winning documentary ‘BURMA‘S GYPSIES OF THE SEA’ by Klaus Reisinger and Frederique Lengaigne. This brilliant film, done for National Geographic, won multiple awards for its depiction of the fragile beauty of the Moken people living on boats in the Mergui Archipelago. For glimpse of this film please click on the icon adjacent to this text.
Below you will find very brief itinerary options for the Myeik Archipelago. For more information on these and custom itinerary options, please contact us.
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|Tour Code||Tour Program||Duration|
|ECD 101||Adventure and Diving Tour: Yangon – Kawthaung – Mergui Archipelago -Yangon||(6 days / 5 nights)|
|ECD 102||Adventure and Diving Tour: Yangon – Kawthaung – Mergui Archipelago -Yangon||(8 Days/7 Nights)|
|ECD 103||Adventure and Diving Tour: Yangon – Kawthaung – Mergui Archipelago – Yangon||(12 Days/11 Nights)|
|ECD 104||Adventure and Diving Tour: Yangon – Kawthaung – Mergui Archpelag – Yangon||(8 days / 7 nights)|
|ECD 105||Adventure and Diving Tour: Yangon – Kawthaung – Mergui Archipelago -Yangon||(9 Days/ 8 Nights)|
|ECD 106||Adventure and Diving Tour: Yangon – Kawthaung – Mergui Archipelago – Yangon||(14 Days/13 Nights)|