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.
PlanesIf 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.
BoatsFrom 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.
AutomobilesIf 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.