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Air KBZ to resume Myeik, Sittwe flights

Air KBZ will resume flights to Myeik and Sittwe from May 1 onwards. The airline had suspended flights to Myeik for three years and to Sittwe for one. It will now resume flights on these routes on the back of higher demand. Domestic tour operators confirmed that the number of local visitors to Mergui Archipelago […]

Myanmar tourism pins hopes on European comeback

The Myanmar trade is taking on a more positive outlook of the European market, as they believe that the plunge in Western visitor numbers to the country due to the international media coverage of the Rakhine conflict has bottomed out. May Myat Mon Win, Myanmar Tourism Marketing’s (MTM) chairperson is seeing signs of recovery from […]

New Dive Center Opens in Mergui Archipelago

ANGON— As Myanmar’s Mergui islands open up to more visitors, the limited facilities among the most remote islands of the archipelago are growing slowly but steadily. For the most adventurous of travelers, Awei Pila Dive Center, on Pila Island, now offers diving courses and certification for beginners. The center is located at a resort by […]

Cruise ship arrives in Mergui

The ‘last island paradise’ of the Mergui Archipelago, straddling Myanmar and Thailand, has been in the spotlight with a high-level inspection and a day visit by a large super-cruise ship last week. The group of over 800 islands, for decades dubbed ‘the forbidden islands’ following its closure to all by the Burmese military junta since […]

Glamping arrives in Mergui Archipelago

It’s a case of ‘take only photos and memories, leave only footprints’ at the newest five-star resort in the remote Mergui Archipelago, off the coast of southern Myanmar and Thailand. With its opening listed as among the most highly anticipated by luxury lifestyle Robb Report and Luxury Travel magazine, Awei Pila (aweipila.com) received its first […]

Cruise the remote islands of Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago like a Bond villain

“It would have been amazing to have been here 30 years ago.” It’s the classic traveller’s refrain, typically uttered as said traveller looks wistfully across a crowded beach and fends off touts peddling cheap suits, sarongs and hair braids. But a new cruise off the far south coast of Myanmar in a classic 1960s motor […]

Transportation services in Mergui archipelago to begin with two Bell helicopters

Transportation services for islands located near Kawthoung will start with two Bell helicopters in the coming tourist season, according to LTR Pte Ltd, officially representing Bell Helicopters in Myanmar. “We are making area developments in islands located near Kawthoung with the approval from Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). It will take about 3 hours to visit […]

A Close-Up Look at Mergui Archipelago’s Nascent Eco-Tourism Industry

With its pristine natural islands and Moken “sea gypsy” tribes—whose way of life is rapidly disappearing—the Mergui Archipelago has long held a special fascination as a travel destination for outsiders. Myeik town itself is famous for its pearl shops, edible-nest swiftlet, fish, shrimp and crab farms, as well its British colonial-era structures. A walk around […]

New dawn for remote Andaman Sea island tourism

Few have heard of the Mergui Archipelago, and even fewer have managed to visit the 400km string of scattered islands in the Bay of Bengal’s Andaman Sea. Most of the 800 offshore islands are uninhabited, apart from a few seasonal settlements of the seafaring nomadic Moken, and some Burmese fishing villages The jungle-clad limestone and […]

Awei Pila, Luxury Resort to Open in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago

Awei Pila, an exclusive resort set on a remote tropical island in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, will open its doors to guests on December 15. Owned by the Yangon-based Memories Group, the newly constructed property on the secluded island of Pila will feature 24 air-conditioned tented villas fronting a white-sand beach, an open-air restaurant, and spa. […]