Mergui Archipelago


Mergui Archipelago
Group of more than 200 islands in the Andaman Sea off the coast of southeastern Myanmar.

The largest island is Mali Kyun (Tavoy Island) at its northern end. Other major islands in the group include Kadan (King), Thayawthadangyi (Elphinstone), Daung (Ross), Saganthit (Sellore), Bentinck, Letsok-aw (Domel), Kanmaw (Kisseraing), Lanbi (Sullivan's), and Zadetkyi (St. Matthew's). Mountainous and jungle-covered, the islands are inhabited chiefly by the Selungs.

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      group of more than 200 islands in the Andaman Sea off the Tenasserim coast of extreme southeastern Myanmar (Burma). The island cluster begins with Mali Kyun (Tavoy Island) in the north and ends beyond the southern limits of Myanmar. The group includes Kadan (King), Thayawthadangyi (Elphinstone), Daung (Ross), Saganthit (Sellore), Bentinck, Letsok-aw (Domel), Kanmaw (Kisseraing), Lanbi (Sullivan's), and Zadetkyi (St. Matthew's) islands. Mountainous and jungle-covered, the islands of the archipelago are known for their scenic beauty. The islands' chief inhabitants are the Selungs, or Salons. Tin and tungsten (wolfram) are mined on some islands, and there is an old, established pearl-fishing industry. Other products include edible birds' nests and sea cucumbers.

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