Myeik is the biggest town in Tanintharyi Division with an estimated population of 300,000 inhabitants; located in the southernmost part of Myanmar on the coast of an island on the Andaman Sea. Formerly, the town was known as ‘Mergui’, and the local people call their hometown ‘Beik’. If you ask Thai people about this town, they will refer to ‘Marid’ as the town of Myeik had been under the rule of the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand) for centuries before invaded by the Burmese; and King Alaungpaya; the Great King of Burma, changed the name from ‘Marid’ to Myeik in 1765.
Myeik became an important international port over 500 years ago. From the 16th century on, the city was an important seaport and trading center with the Europeans, who would land at Myeik (then called Mergui), travel upriver to Tanintharyi (Tenasserim) and then cross the mountains to reach Ayutthaya.
Myeik is famous for its products such as pearls, rubber, edible bird's nests, dried fish, dried prawns and ngapi (shrimp paste). Fresh seafood (such as fish, prawns, and crabs), fruits and vegetables are plentiful. The people are friendly, honest, helpful, generous and religious. Myeik is one of the best kept collections of colonial era buildings in South-East Asia. The heart of the city is the bustling harbor front with traders, and a wide variety of wooden fishing and commuter boats. The Theindawgyi and the Mahartheintdizaya pagodas are the main attractions in town.
Most of the islands that can be visited are all within a few hours from Myeik by speed boat. To visit these amazing tropical islands, you should take a day tour. Please contact us here.
Mergui Archipelago is an archipelago in far southern Myanmar (Burma) and is part of the Tanintharyi Region. It consists of more than 800 islands, varying in size from very small to hundreds of square kilometres, all lying in the Andaman Sea off the coast of southern Myanmar. Apart from the beautiful white sandy beaches, you will have a chance to meet the local people called the ‘Moken’; also known as the ‘Salone’ or 'sea gypsies'. They are a sea-dwelling people and they follow a traditional way of life, doing things such as fishing and building boats very much the way they have done for centuries. They can be found living on their traditional boats during the dry season, but usually keep to land in the rainy season.
How to Get to Myeik?
By air: Myeik can be reached by air from Yangon, Dawei and Kawthaung. Myanmar National Airlines has daily flights from and to Yangon, and Air KBZ has 3 flights per week from Kawthaung and Dawei. For flight/ticket booking, please contact here.
By road: Myeik can be reached by road from Dawei which is about 6 hours by bus. For ticket/private transfer service, please contact here.
Singkhon/Mudong Thai-Myanmar Checkpoint: This border Pass was officially open in 2015, allowing only Thai and Burmese people to enter the border; but still not yet open for other nationals (2018).
By boat: As of now (2018), public boats between Kawthaung, Myeik and Dawei are not running.