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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. […]

Memories Group acquires a portfolio of assets including an island in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago

  Acquiring development rights over 5,100-acres islands, a 24-villa five-star hotel and a 72- room three-star hotel The combined purchase price of US$40.7 million will be funded by cash and issuance of new shares The new shares will be issued at a significant premium of 16.9% over the last traded weighted average price Memories Group’s […]

Myanmar’s eco-resorts open up Asia’s new tourism frontier

KAWTHAUNG, Myanmar — A few hours boat ride from the port of Kawthaung, a school of dolphins nudged up to our 30-meter wooden junk. As the captain cut the engine, their silver backs heaved in and out of view; all else was still. Behind us, the Tanintharyi coastline — Myanmar’s skinny southern tail, fringing the […]

Memories Group Acquires Burma Boating, Eyes Further Portfolio Expansion

Deal to purchase luxury yachting business marks the first acquisition by Memories Group as it builds on its integrated tourism platform in Myanmar Burma Boating offers tourists a unique experience in the Mergui Archipelago Mergui Archipelago is expected to receive tourism boost as tender to upgrade the Kawthaung domestic airport to an international airport is […]

Mergui: Paradise about to be lost?

MYEIK, Myanmar, 1 December 2017: Regarded as one of the last island paradises left on Earth, Mergui Archipelago is fast becoming one of the most sought-after new destinations in Asia. Currently lacking any significant tourism infrastructure, the formerly off-limits region in the Andaman Sea only opened to pioneer tourism in 1997 after half a century […]