Just 70km off the coast of the southern province of Ranong lie hundreds of islands rivalling the beauty of Thai beaches and they are almost entirely untouched. The Mergui Archipelago _ a cluster of undeveloped Phukets in Myanmar waters _ could be Asia's next big tourist destination.
ALL AT SEA: The view from the boat, top, reveals untouched islands as far as the eye can see.
As Myanmar sheds its military dictatorship and creaks open to the world, tourists are quickly flooding in. The opening up of our Southeast Asian neighbour means new adventures abound right next door. It won't be long before the Mergui islands become an exciting alternative to Koh Tao or Phi Phi. So when I was invited to join the soft opening of a cruise on a 25m classic double-plank teak yacht exploring the 400km stretch of islands, I didn't hesitate to accept.
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