3 Days / 2 Nights - EXPLORE - Myeik and the Mergui Archipelago
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 1 - City Tour Myeik with local lunch
Day 2 - Explore - Mergui Archipelago Day Tour
Day 3 - Departure
Note: It is possible to arrive by late afternoon flight to Myeik, which would make it 4 Days and 3 Nights.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO MYEIK & CITY TOUR (-/L/-)
Pick up from Myeik airport and transfer to your hotel. Afterwards we start to explore Myeik is one of the biggest fishing towns in Myanmar. Otherwise the tour will start 8:30 AM from your hotel.
“Beik” as the locals call it there hometown produces everything for the fishing industry what is needed. Have you ask yourself where all the ice comes from to keep the seafood fresh? We visit a ship dock yard where they still build the wooden boats like in the old days. One of the export products are soft shell crabs. We will explain you on a farm how the crabs take off their shells.
Myeik’s dry fish area might not be for everybody, but it has not change for decades. We will take you for a wander and explain what fishes been tried in the sun to preserve them for later.
For lunch we take you to a traditional fried rice noodle shop, where Myeiks all-time favorite food Kyi Kite is made.
Another industry widely used industry in Myeik is the harvesting of bird nest. We take you to one of the bird hotels and let you know what it is good for. As many nations came together the local cuisine became a mix of Burmese, Thai, Malaysian and Indian. We can have a taste of it at the local snack market of the specialties.
The pearl industry is another of Myeik’s local specialties. How difficult it is to cultivate them will be explained at the Pearl Trading Shop, which is run by the same family for over a hundred years.
After a long day and many impressions it is time to spend a quite sunset with a 180 panoramic view over Myeik and the islands either from the Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda or a roof top bar. We leave this decision up to you.
Dinner is to your own account.
Meals: Traditional Lunch
Overnight stay: Hotel in Myeik
DAY 2: Dome and Smart Island (B/L/-)
We pick you up at your hotel at 7:30 AM. It's a one and a half hour speed boat cruise to Dome Island. Feel the fresh sea breeze as we pass beautiful mangrove forests. Here and there tiny villages line the shore. The people who live here catch fish, crabs, mussels and oysters.
Our first stop will be Dome Waterfall, which cascades down from high above right into the ocean. You are able to climb up and a have a refreshing bath. Please be careful walking around on the slippery rocks and respect the fishing boat, which might refill their fresh water supplies.
Later on we arrive to Dome Nyaung Mine Village. The fishermen share their place with sea gypsies, which are called Moken in the local language. Their lifestyle reminds us of a simpler time before bank accounts and life insurance. Many spend their life permanently at sea during the dry season, only seeking the shelter of land when the heavy rains come. We will have seafood and vegetarian lunch in the authentic village.
After lunch we cruise on to Smart Island for swimming and snorkeling in pristine waters. The shapes of the island with one long beach and three smaller one is one of its kin. The long and the small beaches are within 5-10 minutes walking distance. Enjoy you afternoon relaxing, swimming, playing, sunbathing and whatever else you would like to do.
And then with the last rays of sunshine dancing on the sea we return to Myeik.
This day tour is designed for people who would like to explore the most of the Archipelago in one day and don’t mind spending a few hours on a speedboat. The rewards will one of the most beautiful beaches you have seen.
Please note: The program may change depending on tide and weather conditions. Participants need to submit their personal details. If participants are pregnant or have back problems we do not advise to take part.
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, Lunch at the beach
Transfer: Speed boat
Overnight stay: Hotel in Myeik
DAY 3: Departure to Yangon (B/-/-)
If time permits you can do some souvenir shopping at the local market before you flight departure. We will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Yangon or Kawthaung or bus station.
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Overnight stay: none
Note: This tour can be combined with others.
Continue: Flight to Dawei / Overland travel to Dawei, Mawlamyine, Yangon
Alternative departure: Flight to Kawthaung, Border crossing into Thailand (30 mins by long tail boat)
Domestic flights (From 138 USD from Yangon one way)
International airfares & domestic airfares (will be always mentioned separately)
Meals, if not otherwise mentioned
Personal expenses (laundry, beverages, phone bill...)
Private transfer as specified in the itinerary
All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
English speaking guide (Other languages on request)
Accommodation with breakfast on double occupancy (Single supplement varies)
2 bottles of water & 2 cooling towels per person / day
Luggage handling fees at airports
1x Lunch at a traditional restaurant
1x Lunch at the beach
Life Jacket and Snorkeling mask