(Home for the Precious Pearl)
Tanintharyi Divison where is a place of Myeik Archipelago comprised over 800 beautiful islands, the gateway of Myanmar-Thai border, is situated at the southernmost part of Myanmar. It is famous for its virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora & fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes and marine life.
Capital - Myeik
Languages Major - Myanmar, Dawei
Industries – Fishery
Shin Motehti Pagoda
Archeological & Culture – Pagodas, Monasteries, “Spirit”, Worship Culture
Trekking Sites – trek to Rocky Mountains in Island
Ethnic – Salone People (A rare human inhabitants or Sea Gypsies)
Special Activities – Marine Eco Observation, Diving, Expedition (Lampi Marine National Park), Beaches.
Myeik is situated in the extreme south of Myanmar in Tanintharyi Division. Myeik sits on a peninsula that juts out into the Andaman Sea. Because of the safe harbor offered by the peninsula and facing islands, Myeik became an important port over 500 years ago. Around the Myeik, there are many valuable tin mines, oil palm plantation, and rugger plantation and evergreen forest. There are about 804 spotted islands scattered across the blue sea along the Tanintharyi coast and the city is on the island in the mouth of Tanintharyi River. Today Myeik is one of the most picturesque coastal cities in Myanmar.
The southernmost part of Myanmar and about 800 km from Yangon, the city retains the atmosphere as fishing port, once the British named as Victoria point, is one the entry ports into Myanmar and is only separated from Thailand by a broad estuary in the Pakchan River. Across the river is the border town of Ranong Thailand. Ranong is 120 miles North of Phuket. Visitors from Ranong coluld take a 30 minutes boat trips to Kawthaung for Sightseeing and shopping. There are regular flights from Yangon to Kawthaung. Entry visas, valid for 28 days, border passes are issues at Kawthaung. Can visit to Tha Htay Kyun (Boss Island) within 10 minutes from Kawthaung. The main business of Kawthaung is trade with Thailand, such as fishing, rubber and cashew nuts. Most Kawthaung residents speak Burmese and Thai. A spectacular sea and island view from a hilltop pagoda known as the Three Mile Pagoda is lacated in a fishing village five kilometers north of town.
Salone (Sea Gypicy)
The Salone Island is 4 miles from Kawthaung, Myanmar and 6 miles from Ranong, Thailand. It has a pagoda on the hill top and the best beach around Thai- Myanmar border. It is very close to many good sports fishing sites, sea kayaking sites and snorkeling sites. Salone of the Andaman Sea presents accounts of the nomads who live in the Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago of southern Myanmar. They still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques use for generations. They are skillful in diving and swimming. Their main livelihood is diving for pearl, collecting shells and other valuable resources in the sea.