Numerous uninhabited islands in the Andaman Sea have constituted the Mergui Archipelago, While rocks made of limestone, lush tropical forest and caves of different sizes have constituted these small islands. The underwater world is surprising as well – when marine biologists dive into the deep water to explore, they will see countless squids with extremely strange appearance swimming around the big coral. Sea Gypsies, the local resident, get along with English speakers and Moken. The local resident have been living here for such a long time in a traditional way– they trade with each other in small boats and the goods are all from the generous sea –shells, mollusks, sea snails and nearly all kinds of fishes. The interesting thing is, the Mokens’ boats(called kabangs) are all made from a single tree, and these magical kabangs can become a floating village once they are tied together.
The Mergui Archipelago has not been fully explored and developed, and that is not a groundless rumor. The truth is, locals claim that there are almost 4000 islands in the 14,000-square-miles archipelago, while the British surveyors give a number of only 200 to 800. No matter who is right, it is definitely uneasy to access the archipelago – you can set sail from Kawthaung on the mainland to the main islands, but outer islands are not accessible by regular vehicles.
The islands’ accommodations has been in bad condition until 1997. The only hotel, Myanmar Andaman Resort, is located on Fork (McLeod) Island’s beautiful beach and this bungalow-style building can arranged boating excursions to each island in the area. There are two notable islands that you won’t want to miss: Lon Khuet, where you can find many birds’ nests( which is a important ingredient of a Chinese dish) as well as natural scenery. Lampi Kyun, a island home to a variety of wild animals.