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Introduction

Myeik is a comfortable little town with nice old buildings in the centre. Unfortunately access to the Mergui Archipelago is a bit limited.

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Sights and Activities

In the town centre, Bo Kyoke Road, are several nice old wooden houses, also temles and monasteries.

You can make a daytrip to Kadan Island. There are several mostly fish oriented restaurants and a waterfall. There are also 4 island snorkelling daytrips.

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Getting There

By Bus

There are buses and minibuses to Kawthoung, Dawai and Yangon. The bus station is about 2 kilometres out of town.

By Boat

There is a public boat to Kadan Island from the pier 100 metres south of the market.

The ferries to Kawthoung and Dawai are not operating anymore.

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Sleep

The White Pearl Guest House on Middle Strand Road 300 metres south of the market is a good option.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is now widely and cheaply available in Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan, but more limited elsewhere. However access can be slow although now unrestricted. Rates are around 300 kyat/hour in Yangon and 1,000-3,000 kyat/hour elsewhere. Some hotels, although rare, allow free access to the internet.
The government records screenshots every five minutes from PCs in Internet cafés to monitor Internet usage. If you don't want your privacy violated in this way, save your surfing for Thailand or wherever you head next.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Myanmar's country code is 95.

International phone calls can be arranged at the Central Telephone & Telegraph Office at the corner of Ponsodan and Mahabandoola Streets in Yangon. International Direct Dial calls are also possible from most hotels and at many public call offices (often a phone in a shop), but they are expensive, e.g., a call to the US costs USD6–7 per min.

The MPTGSM mobile phone network is provided by the Myanmar Government's Post and Telecommunication agency. This works on the GSM900 band, so is visible to multi-band GSM phones. Roaming is available onto MPT's GSM 900 network, subject to agreements between operators; check with your operator before you leave to be sure. Unfortunately, MPT only has international roaming agreements with operators from a limited number countries and territories. Nevertheless, if your own mobile telephone can detect the MPT GSM network, then you may be able to buy a USD20 SIM card which will work for 28 days.

As of October 2014, Telenor and Ooredoo, two international companies, have entered the market. Sim cards are cheap and widely available (1500 kyats for a Telenor sim). Nevertheless, connectivity can still be limited to urban centres, Yangon and Mandalay in particular. Telenor seems to have a better connection and plans to improve nets massively in the next years. Although MPT has the widest coverage, it is also the most expensive.

Post

International mail out of Myanmar is reportedly quite efficient, despite what some hotels might tell you.

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