Luxury holidays in Myeik Archipelago

Until recently, these 800 jungle-draped islands in the Andaman Sea have been no-go areas for foreign visitors – unless you wanted to make the interminable trek on a rickety fishing boat. Now, though, thanks to slow and sustainable eco-tourism that’s burgeoning in these South Pacific waters, you can be one of the first to discover the archipelago’s pristine beaches, dive in its crystalline reefs and sea caves – home to whale sharks and manta rays – or hike the teeming jungles. This is barefoot living par excellence, guaranteed to thrill would-be Attenboroughs, adventure junkies and wildlife watchers.

When to go

You’ll find the islands at their emerald best during the dry season from October to May.

Getting there

  • Planes

    If you’re coming from Yangon, take the short flight to Kawthaung airport in Myanmar. If you’re coming from Bangkok, the one to aim for is Ranong in Thailand.
  • Boats

    From Kawthaung or Ranong, it’s a three hour boat journey to reach the islands. Boat transfers should be arranged with your hotel; the Smith24 team can help, too.
  • Automobiles

    If you’re coming from Phuket, it’s a three and a half hour drive to Ranong, Thailand. From there, you’ll have to take a boat to the islands.