How do you find an authentic alternative to Phuket and Krabi, with its sandy islands, tropical climate, and limestone rock archipelago? But without the overcrowded beaches, polluted corals, and internationalized food menus? You ask the neighboring country next door.
The Mergui Archipelago, still unknown to the vast majority, is what Phuket, Phang Nga Bay, and Phi Phi Island were 50 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 unexplored in Southeast Asia, the tourism industry is still local, small, 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 Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island. Explore undiscovered diving sights and swim into the turquoise lagoon at Cocks Comb Island. Indulge traditional Burmese food and enjoy the sunsets in a region more beautiful than anything Thailand has to offer.
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.
All images © 2020 Erik Ekberger.
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