The traditional inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago are the Moken, a people who live off, and on, the sea. Sometimes called “sea-gypsies”, this ethnic minority group leads a traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle, dominated by diving for sea cucumbers, fishing and bartering.
The best time to visit the Mergui Archipelago is between November and April. December to February is perfect, with warm sunny weather, steady winds and calm seas. March and April, with less wind, is ideal for diving and snorkelling.