The following is a reproduction of the materials printed in Lampi
Marine National Park guidebook published by Istituto Oikos and Forest
Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental
Conservation. We express our sincere thanks to the publisher for their
kind permission for reproduction of the materials. – Managing Editor
Marine National Park (MNP), designated in 1996, comprises Lampi, the
biggest island of the Park and the core of the site, and about 20
smaller islands in its surroundings. Lampi island is 205 km2 and is
oriented in a north-south direction, with a length of 48 km and a
maximum width of about 6 km; it is generally hilly, presenting a rocky
coast with sandy beaches, bays and inlets.
The area is covered by
tropical lowland wet evergreen forest in the interior, mangrove forest
along rivers and fresh-water sources, and beach and dune forest along
The Park protects a rich biodiversity, with more than
50 terrestrial and marine endangered species; the whole area is rich in
coral reefs, seaweed and seagrass beds which serve as important habitats
for molluscs, crustaceans, echinoderms, fishes and it is home to whale
species, dugong and sea turtles.
The protected area provides food, water and energy sources to the local population.
and cultural values are attributed to the site by Moken sea gypsies who
consider Lampi a “Mother island”. Socioeconomic and demographic
pressures are at present the main threats to the natural and cultural
values of the Park.
GETTING TO LAMPI
Lampi can be
reached from either Myanmar or Thailand. From Myanmar, the quickest way
to reach Kawthaung is by plane. A number of airlines offer domestic
flights from Yangon, which can take 2 hours (with one stop in Dawei) or 2
hours and 40 minutes (with stops in Dawei and Myeik). Cost is around
US$ 320-330 for a return ticket in the high season.Improvements to the
road between Yangon and Kawthaung have recently been made, but at the
time of writing, there are no details of any regular transport services.
The road journey from Yangon is long and involves 2-3 overnight stops.
the Thailand side, Kawthaung is reached via Ranong. The border crossing
involves a long-tail boat-ride to Kawthaung that takes approximately 20
minutes and costs around 250 Thai Baht.
VISA AND PERMITS
reach Lampi, international visitors require special permits, which are
arranged through licensed tour operators. For live-aboard cruises,
permits will be arranged as part of the service provided by your tour
operator. Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance of travel
to obtain the travel permit in time for your trip.
present, accommodation for international tourists is limited to
live-aboard boats. Some other options may become available. Domestic
visitors, who do not require visas or permits to visit Lampi, can book
Lampi tours through local tour operators.
Only Myanmar Kyat and Thai Baht are accepted in the Myeik Archipelago and Lampi Marine National Park.
WHEN TO VISIT
best season to visit Lampi is from October to May during the dry
season. From December to March, it is high season, with pleasant
northeast winds, hot and sunny weather during the day and cool
temperatures overnight. This is a great time of year for sailing and
fishing. Between April and May it is very hot, with little wind. There
is great diving and migratory whales can also be seen during these
months. From June to September the Park is effectively closed, with
heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas.
MOBILE PHONES & INTERNET CONNECTION
there is no mobile phone coverage in Lampi Marine National Park, some
limited signal and internet access (only MPT) can sometimes be found at
the Park’s Visitor Centre.
THE BEST BEACHES OF LAMPI
best sandy beaches of Lampi are located on the western side of the
Park, each and every one is a treasure! If you are lucky, you can see
monkeys sitting on the beach leisurely snacking on crabs. Bulet Aw is
one of the most beautiful beaches of Bo Cho island and can be reached
through a 30-minute walk from Makyone Galet village. It is a great place
to rest and take in the beauty of the Archipelago, wander along the
sandy shoreline, or take a swim.
One of the longest, most
accessible and stunning white beaches is on the southwest side of Lampi
island. It stretches from the casuarinas forest at the mouth of the
mangrove tourist river. At low-tide, when all the sandy beach emerges,
you can walk for almost an hour to a nearby small island. You will find
yourself walking on a long sandy strip, without footprints and with
turquoise waters to both sides.
Another extraordinary beach to
the north is on Wa Ale island. Here you may come across turtle tracks
between December and March. This beautiful wide beach is surrounded by
hillsides of tropical evergreens and at low-tide has an interesting rock
passage-way at the southern end of the beach. On Wa Ale island, waves
can be strong at times.
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