Myeik (Mergui) is a coastal city on the Andaman Sea in southeastern Tanintharyi Region. The city’s inhabitants are descended from many ethnic groups, including Bamar,Myeik (Mergui) is a coastal city on the Andaman Sea in southeastern Tanintharyi Region. The city’s inhabitants are descended from many ethnic groups, including Bamar, Chinese, Karen, Indian, Mon, and the itinerant Salone, who speak Myanmar with a distinctive accent. Exports from Myeik include tin, tungsten, dried fish, dried prawns, ngapi (fish paste), salt and rubber that is particularly important to the regional economy. Edible birds’ nests made from the protein-rich saliva of a swiftlet are one of the area’s most lucrative exports.
Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago
Myeik Archipelago, of more than 800 islands, is in the Andaman Sea along the Tanintharyi coast between Myeik (Mergui) and Kawthaung (Victoria Point). Pale Kyun (Pearl Island) is known for pearl diving and the development of a cultured pearl industry; Fork (Macleod) Island for its unique Myanmar Andaman Resort; and Lampi Island, in a Marine National Park, for its lovely beaches, coral reefs, clear water and undisturbed wildlife. The Salone (sometimes also called Sea Gypsies) live throughout the Archipelago. They live aboard small boats or houses built on stilts over the sea. They are expert divers and make a living searching for oysters and mother-of-pearl. The archipelago’s virtual isolation has helped to preserve a pristine environment, rich in flora and fauna, which has contributed to the region’s growing popularity as a diving destination.