Thanietharyee Division

Myeik (Mergui Archipelago)


Due to the archipelago's virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna. Parrots, hornbills, sea eagles, Brahminy kites and herons fill the skies, whilst on land the animal population includes elephants, monkeys, deer, wild pigs, tigers and rhinoceros. The only human inhabitants in the area are the sea gypsies, a nomadic sea-faring race whose lifestyle has changed very little over the years, they have been the sole inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago over two years and still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques used for generations. This magnificent wilderness is one of the world's natural treasures.