Southern Part of Myanmar
The Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago:
One of the most scenic and charming island groups in Southeast Asia is the Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago. Comprising more than 800 tropical islands scattered over an area of some ten thousand square miles in the Andaman Sea off the south west coast of Myanmar. It is home to Salons, sea gypsies.
Myeik (Mergui) Archipelagos are famous for its crystal-clear waters, unspoiled beaches, limestone cliffs and the lucrative business of pearl fishing. Due to the insecure situation of the region, it has for long been off-limits for foreigners until 1997. This is changing, now Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago can easily be reached from both Kawthaung (Myanmar) the southern tip of Myanmar and Ranong (Thailand).
Kawthaung is in the southernmost part of Myanmar. During British rule in Burma, it was known as Victoria Point. The favourite for tourists and fortune riskers is Andaman Club Resort Hotel located on Thahtay Kyun Island about half an hour trip by boat from Kawthaung or Ranong. The club is famous for casino gambling, the only one international gambling places of Myanmar on the Andaman side. Not far from the town, there are Kayin Kwa and other such as Myauk Ni and Salone Islands, a part of Mergui Archipelago, they are good places for diving, and other sea activities since the place can be regard as still virgin since not much disturbed by outside environments. Nearby Kawthung has a small water fall and hot spring at Maliwun Village 24 miles north from the town. Nowadays it can be reached within half an hour by car with a good paved road.