Myanmar’s ‘Sea Gypsies’ Threatened by Dynamite Fishing and Drugs

Destruction has been wrought by fishing boats, many believed to be from neighbouring Thailand, which use dynamite and trawlers to sweep the seabed With a swift breath the teenage boy dives into the turquoise waters of southern Myanmar, a spear clutched in his hand, but below him lies nothing but a graveyard of broken, grey […]

Myeik developer plans two island resorts

Myeik Archipelago, a group of more than 800 islands home to the Moken or “sea gypsies”, is increasingly attracting developers who see its potential for tourism. Compared with other destinations in Myanmar such as Bagan and Inle Lake, the islands in the Andaman Sea off the southern tip of the country are still underdeveloped, with […]

MIC grants permit for island hotel in Mergui national marine park

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has allowed a joint venture company to start a hotel business on an island that is part of a national marine park in the pristine Mergui archipelago. Kyaw Phyo Win Mauk Company and Mokan International Co. Ltd have been granted a 50 year lease on the white-sanded Phila Island, which […]