Phuket transformed into…



How do you find an alternative location matching the beauty of Phuket and Krabi, with its sandy islands, tropical climate, and limestone rock archipelago? But without the crowded beaches, polluted corals, and internationalized food menus? You ask the country next door.

The Mergui Archipelago, still unknown to the vast majority, is what Phuket, Phang Nga Bay, and Phi Phi Island were fifty years ago. That is, hundreds of secluded islands scattered in the Andaman Sea, surrounded by crystal clear water, thriving corals, and limestone rock formations. As one of few places still undiscovered in Southeast Asia, the tourist industry of Mergui is still small, local, and undeveloped.

Situated in southern Myanmar, the archipelago consist of over eight hundred islands, most of them uninhabited. Stay on Nyaung Oo Phee and visit the idyllic Horseshoe Island, reminiscent of Phi Phi Island’s Maya Bay. Explore unparalleled diving sights and swim the turquoise lagoon of Cocks Comb Island. Indulge in traditional Burmese food in a region more authentic than anything Thailand has to offer.

  • Beach in Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar.
  • Turquoise water surrounding a beach in Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar.
  • Island jumping in the Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar.
  • Girl on a beach in Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar.
  • Turquoise water surrounding a beach in Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar.

How do I get there?

Where: The Mergui Archipelago is situated at the southern tip of Myanmar, 300 km north of Krabi and 800 km south of Yangon.

How: Fly to Kawthaung or Myeik from Yangon, Myanmar. Ferry to Kawthaung is available from Ranong, Thailand. Stay at a hotel in Kawthaung or choose one of the many islands, reached by speedboat.

When: During dry season from November-February. Hottest period April to mid-May. Monsoon season mid-May to October.

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