This week the Roadies are in Myeik: this city in the Tanintharyi Region is located in the extreme south of the country on the coast of an island on the Andaman Sea. The area inland from the city is a major smuggling corridor into Thailand.
The population is engaged in fishing, production of rubber and coconuts, manufacture of fermented shrimp paste, the collection of edible bird’s nests and pearl farming. Mergui is a gateway to the 800 offshore islands of the Mergui Archipelago which are developing a tourist trade. Tourism in the area is restricted to cruises as land based accommodations are currently non-existent on the islands. This keeps the area very attractive as low impact tourism preserves the area’s natural beauty.
The second last episode of Doh Pyay Doh Myay airs this Saturday at 7:30pm first on DVB TV (and is repeated every day of the week after). Online you can find DPDM, next to this blog, on facebook.com/dvb.dpdm and twitter.com/dohpyaydohmyay.