Myeik

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Myeik (Mergui) is a city in the Tanintharyi Division in Southeastern Myanmar.

Understand[edit]

Mergui was the name given by the British to the southernmost part of Myanmar. The Mergui Archipelago was off-limits to foreigners until 1997. Although it is now open for tourism, access is limited and it remains largely unexplored.

Get in[edit]

There is a road north to Dawei, but foreigners are not permitted to use it.

By plane[edit]

Myanma Airways has daily flights, and Air Bagan has 3 flights per week, from Yangon. Myanma Airways flights (typically once a week) to Mawlamyine and Kawthoung may also be available.

Flights may be cancelled with little or no advance notice, due to lack of bookings, the weather, or any number of other unpredictable circumstances.

30 min Kawthoung to Myeik flight approx USD77 (Jan 2014). Not much to see from the plane due to air pollution. Skies are clear after rainy season, in Oct-Nov.

By boat[edit]

Fast ferries run daily to/from Kawthoung (~6 hr, USD25 for foreigners) and most days to/from Dawei to the north (~4 hr, USD20 for foreigners).

Five Star Line passenger ships may call here (approximately fortnightly) en route from Kawthoung to Yangon and/or vice-versa. Five Star Line have an office opposite the main piers. Foreigners must pay very high prices (~USD100+), but the first-class 2-berth cabins are quite comfortable.

Get around[edit]

On foot, or by motorcycle-taxi or cycle rickshaw.

Longtail boats operate as ferries across the harbour.

See[edit]

  • Big reclining Buddha (on the island across the harbour).
  • Lobster farming.
  • Loading of the fishing boats in the harbour.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

There is a food market by the water front in the evening.

There are numerous small establishments with good food.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

There are several ultra-basic "guesthouses" in the area around the main piers, a few of which accept foreigners. Often, conditions are grim and prices for foreigners are astronomical.

There are a couple of state-run hotels.

There is a very comfortable Western-operated (French) hotel a couple of kilometres out of town on the main road heading northeast. Prices there are reasonable.

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