A sleeping seaside town about half way between Myeik and Kawthaung were you get welcomed by friendly immigration officers who will tell you not to leave the town boundaries. If you dare to ask for islands you might as well save your spit. Riding a motorbike is also restricted. So why the heck you want to go there? of course I was trying to sneek out to the Mergui Archipelago islands!
I followed a lead from fellow travellers who managed to hire a boat and got out to the islands. They warned me that it won’t be easy, and a note; the end of their story was being sent back to Kawthaung.
What to do
Of course there is nothing set up for tourists. However the taxi driver will bring you to Chaung Ka Chit waterfall where you can swim and relax (about 4000 Kyats return). The nearby beaches at Delview Village and Kamachaung Village are hardly worth to mention. The water is very murky.
If you are a golf player you will like Bokpyin as everybody who can afford it plays golf. The sunset view from the pagoda is stunning and gives you an idea about the islands out there.
People were telling me that there is a daily ferry to nearby Aleman Islands, which has a village on it, but has no guesthouse. The two to three hour ferry ride was fairly priced. As I mentioned earlier foreigner were not allowed to go. I never got to see this ferry.
About a 45 minutes motorbike ride through manly palm oil plantations will bring you to South Dagon Palm Oil Factory. . Close by I was able to board a ferry boat to Chaung Kopi Island after assuring the immigration officer that I will be back later that afternoon. The price for the 25 minute ride was 1000 Kyats. The drive through the mangroves is quite nice. Chaung Kopi has no beach, but the village is worth a visit. From the top of the pagoda you can see plenty of other small islands.
Where to Eat:
Across the road from U Marle Guesthouse there is a restaurant where you can order you fish, clams and prawns. It depends what they have available.
Speciality; Clams with ginger and lemongrass Our Favourite; Bamboo Fish Curry (Hot!)
Peace and Power Restaurant (Rest Rant, as per the sign outside) – The only place with draught beer. The usual beer snack food. Also available Burmese curries.
Speciality; Shredded String Ray My Favourite; Dried Beef
Where to Stay:
There is only one choice for foreigners and the place is called U Marle Guesthouse. It is a five minute walk from the bus station. It represents ok value for money.
All rooms come with fan and mosquito net. Shared bathroom. Power supply from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm and from 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm. No internet access. No ATM or money changer.
Offically you can only fly to Bokpyin from Myeik
Departure: 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday). For the departure times please ask your ticket agent. Price: 48 US Dollar to Myeik
However we suggest trying to buy a ticket from either Kawthaung, Tanintharyi or Myeik. just be fore-warned the buses are uncomfortable and the average speed is under 20km/hr.
I felt sad leaving with not reaching my goal, but at least I tried. Now it’s on you guys to see what you can discover. Please keep us posted. Safe travels.
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