Yann Byae Island

In Top Ten Places You Don’t Want to Visit, an island from Myanmar ranks number 5 on the list. Its name is “Yan Byae Island” and it is located near the coast of Rakhine State. The website wrote Ramree Island so I was confused at first and I had to ask my mother. When will they ever spell the names correctly according to their pronunciation?

Anyway, here’s what written on the website.

Ramree Island in Burma is a huge swamp home to 1000s of salt water enormous salt water crocodiles, the deadliest in the world. It is also home to malaria carrying mosquitos, and venomous scorpions. During the Second World War, the island was the site of a six week battle in the Burma campaign. Here is a description of one of those horrifying nights: “That night [of the 19 February 1945] was the most horrible that any member of the M.L. [motor launch] crews ever experienced. The scattered rifle shots in the pitch black swamp punctured by the screams of wounded men crushed in the jaws of huge reptiles, and the blurred worrying sound of spinning crocodiles made a cacophony of hell that has rarely been duplicated on earth. At dawn the vultures arrived to clean up what the crocodiles had left…Of about 1,000 Japanese soldiers that entered the swamps of Ramree, only about 20 were found alive.”

A local journal also had ran an article about it before also..


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