Myeik(Mergui) Archipelago of Adaman Sea (Southern Myanmar)
Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago, an enormous area features more than 800 pristine islands dotted through out the Andaman Sea of the coast between Myeik (Mergui) and Kawthaung (Victoria Point). Due to its virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora and fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes and marine life. Mergui Archipelago is famous as a destination for activities such as diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, fishing and nature research. There are not many islands left in the world that pristine are as of islands in the Mergui Archipelago. It is possible to visit islands in the Archipelago and find no signs of human habitation.
Salone or Moken, Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea
Salone of the Andaman Sea presents accounts of the nomads who live in the Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago of southern Myanmar. The minority groups of the Northern branch of the Austronesian people have a very distinctive and peculiar culture: Most of the year they live on their boats. During the rainy season they live on land, grow some plants, but are not avid cultivators and make little use of their agricultural produce. They have developed a strong cultural identity, but are nevertheless adapting to a changing environment. They still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques use for generations. They are skillful in diving and swimming. Their main livelihood is diving for pearl, collecting shells and other valuable resources in the sea.