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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 […]

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. […]

Preserving Myeik: Conflicting Interests Clash in Myanmar’s Southern Tail

The Myeik Archipelago is home to 700 coral, invertebrate and fish species, along with other unidentified specimens that may prove new to scientists. Tourism in the area relies on the attraction from pristine nature and the community. However, the main attractions may not prove sustainable due to threats to the environment and the unequal treatment […]