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VIDEO: Sea gypsies in troubled waters

On this episode of DVB’s Doh Pyay Doh Myay [Our Land Our Region], the team swims with the Moken, Burma’s sea gypsies.

The port of Kawthaung sits at Burma’s southernmost point. It is an island paradise, and the gateway to the 800-island Mergui Archipelago.

The islands, and the aquamarine sea that separates them, is home to the Moken, boating nomads with a magic connection to the ocean.


But on shore, the sands have shifted. Modernity is now chafing at the lives of the sea gypsies.

Join the Roadshow team as they meet the Moken, some still sailing now-troubled waters, others making a new life as fish out of water on both sides of Burma’s border with Thailand.

After watching our special feature on Burma’s Moken, follow the team’s journey at or visit the website


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