Mergui Archipelago MapMap of Mergui Archipelago
Mergui Archipelago Map
Mergui Archipelago is a group of 800 mostly inhabited islets. Some of the island are home to some 2,000 gypsy fishers, most of them fishers. There you will find untouched beaches with clear waters. Around the island there are magnificent reefs. The Mergui Archipelago was announced as the next Phuket with its untouched nature.
This archipelago will not be hard to attract visitors if it is correctly designed and well-managed. Above is a miniature map of the Mergui Archipelago. In order to get the current picture with a file of 1,7 mm, just click on it and it will open in a new browser window.
The Mergui Archipelago
The page contains archival contents and is no longer up-dated. The Mergui Archipelago is located in the most southern part of Burma (Myanmar), along the Thai frontier. This archipelago in the Andaman Sea consists of more than 800 archipelagos encircled by vast numbers of sea canals. Landsat 5 took this colour picture on 14 December 2004, showing the central part of the archipelago, which includes Auckland and Whale Bay.
In coastal water, swirl pattern can be seen as sediment supported by streams settles and deposits on the seabed. When the sediment settles, the sea water will appear in lower tones of blues. Some of the region's rain forests appear dark foliage. For the first time, Captain Thomas Forrest of the East India Company described the area to Europeans after an 1782 exploration in quest of possible sugar-growing countries.
Known as Moken, these humans still call the archipelago home and usually lead a hunter-gatherer life style. Since 2006 2,000 Moken were known in the Myanmar part of Mergui. This small archipelago has contributed to maintaining its high variety of flora and fauna. Burma opened the area in 1997 for international tourists and has become an important dive site in recent years.
A Landsat picture made by Michael Taylor, Landsat Project Science Office.