Tours to Myeik islands 'still costly'

Trips to Myeik Archipelago are too costly and also in need of infrastructure, according to local tour agencies.

"The plane ticket to Myeik is around US$200. There are no ferryboats to the isles and travellers need to spend more on hiring private boats. So the transportation charges alone cost about US$500. Together with accommodation fees, the cost goes up to US$800," said Noun Noun Han, general secretary of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association.

Further, the hotel charges in the area are not budget-friendly. Myeik Archipelago still retains its nature which attracts foreign tourists. There are only a few tour agencies in service.

Kayinkwa Island and Zardatgyi Island are must-visit places to see the lifestyle of indigenous Salon people.