MORE THAN 1,300 motorboat tourists visited Myeik Archipelago in the first two months of this year, a rise from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The Mergui Archipelago, which consists of more than 800 untouched islands, is part of the Taninthayi Region. All islands lie in the Andaman Sea off the coast of southern Myanmar. Since 2016, the natural, unspoiled islands have become increasingly popular among international tourists, most of whom enter through neighbouring Thailand.
In February alone, the beautiful coastal area hosted over 600 motorboat tourists. It received nearly 4,000 visitors last year. In 2015, a total of 3,270 visitors entered Myeik by boat.
Motorboat tourists from Asia, Africa and some European countries enjoy visiting Myeik Archipelago for its beautiful landscapes along the coast such as coral reefs, mangroves and a diverse species of birds and aquatic animals and traditional culture, such as the sea-based life of the Salon, also known as the sea gypsies, a seafaring ethnic minority.
Tourists also visit the country’s first marine national park on Lampi Island, 115 Island, Nyaungwee Island, Philar Island, Myaukni Island, Bocho Island, Nanatthi Island, Tower Rock Island, Cave Island and Satan Island.
Tourism in Myanmar is growing rapidly. International tourists arrivals have increased significantly every year since 2011.