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Journey to Mergui Archipelago - 10 days

Immerse yourself endlessly in Burma’s water with the 10-day journey exploring the clustered Mergui archipelago, locating off the southernmost tip of Myanmar, close to the Thailand border. Shortly after one night unwinding in Yangon, your real trip will begin from the charming little town of Kawthaung to the floating excursion exploring various different islands; each promotes its unique beauty, features and activities. Thanks to crystal clear waters full of hard coral, sea urchins and small colorful fish of the tropical sea, swimming, snorkeling or kayaking have never been this joyful. Hosting numerous Moken villages, these pristine, unspoiled islands also offer you the opportunity to learn more about the local sea gypsies and their unique culture. Stunning waters, mild travel pace, this tour fits perfectly for sea-lovers who wish to be one with nature.

Highlights

  • Be overwhelmed by the great golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Journey through the islands of Mergrui Archipelago on private yacht
  • Snorkeling and Kayaking around unspoiled islands
  • Observe the colourful life of the reef, full of soft and hard corals and plenty of tropical fish
  • Enjoy dinner party on the beach and relax under starry sky

Itinerary

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day 1
YANGON ARRIVAL

MINGALABAR! Welcome to Myanmar. Arrive at Yangon International Airport; you will be welcomed by our local guide. Meet and greet with him and then transfer to hotel for check-in.

In the afternoon, start your introductory half-day tour which takes you to the colonial-historical centre of Yangon, a photo stop to the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge; and the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years. Proceed to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments in the world rises majestically over Singuttara Hill to the city Yangon, casting its golden gleam over the low-lying capital. This 2,500-years old structure, which contains the relics of four Buddhas, is the guardian temple of Yangon and the most sacred site for the people of Myanmar. Start from the Eastern entrance of Shwedagon pagoda and walk through the small shops where monk accessories, Buddha statues, flowers etc. are sold. The entrance is always very busy with sellers and local pilgrims. You’ll learn about the daily life of the local people who reside in the immediate surroundings and gain a deeper insight into the Buddhist religion as you provide offerings to the monks. Then, walk along the pagoda platform clockwise, as is tradition, around the main Pagoda. During this interactive walking tour of the pagoda, explore walkways and hidden gems that are unknown to most visitors. Stopping in one of the pavilions to prayer, you might get a chance to meet a Buddhist monk and talk about Buddhism and meditation or simply contemplate. Continue through the back door of Shwedagon Pagoda and discover its fascinating history. As you walk the magnificent grounds and interior and even you can visit a local fortune-teller (if time permits) and learn about the ancient spiritual beliefs. 

Meals: Nil

Accommodation: Governor’s Residence – Deluxe Room

DAY 2
YANGON - KAWTHAUNG, BY FLIGHT

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to airport for flight to Kawthaung. Arrive at Kawthaung and transfer to hotel for check-in.

Kawthaung is nestled along the southernmost tip of beautiful Myanmar on Myanmar’s border with Thailand. As the starting point for many excursions into the Mergui Archipelago, this little town serves as a charming introduction to Myanmar. Kawthaung has old-world charm in spades, from its narrow winding roads to vibrant waterfront markets.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Victoria Cliff Hotel – Royal Cliff Villa Room

DAY 3
A TRIP TO MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO - BARWELL ISLAND

Noon – After the welcome aboard your yacht will set sail towards Barwell Island and we will spend some time swimming before sunset, cocktail and dinner on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Burma Boating Cruise – Double or Twin Cabin

DAY 4
VISIT TANG LA BO ISLAND – PONY ISLAND - NYAUNG WEE ISLAND

After the breakfast, sail to Tang La Bo island for some amazing snorkeling spots and strolling on the pristine beach. Lunch on board and set sail toward Pony island. Birdwatching (toukan, hornbill & seaeagles) and ample swimming time before sunset. Anchor & overnight in one of the bay of Nyaung Wee island.

 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Burma Boating Cruise – Double or Twin Cabin

DAY 5
VISIT LAMPI NATIONAL PARK – PULO BUNAI

We set sail toward Lampi National Park, and according to the tide we either visit the mangrove or set for an excursion of the Moken village. Overnight anchor near the quiet bay of Pulo Bunai Island where you can often watch bioluminescent plankton at night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Burma Boating Cruise – Double or Twin Cabin

DAY 6
KYAN PILA

After breakfast, sail toward Nga Namm Island for snorkeling, kayaking & best fishing spot in the islands. Lunch on board and sail to Kyun Pila. If time permit, a quick swin before our bonefire and sunset cocktails on the beach. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Burma Boating Cruise – Double or Twin Cabin

DAY 7
115 ISLAND

Breakfast on board, sail to 115 island, trekking in the jungle & lunch. Sail and quick stop to Taung La Bo or Kyun Pya Gui according to the wind and tide. Special Captain’s Farewell diner around Hasting Bay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Burma Boating Cruise – Double or Twin Cabin

DAY 8
SAILING TOWARDS KAWTHAUNG

Last swim & final passage towards Kawthaung. Casual Brunch before departure around noon.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Victoria Cliff Hotel – Royal Cliff Villa Room

DAY 9
KAWTHAUNG - YANGON, BY FLIGHT

Breakfast at the hotel. If time permits, we visit interesting places such as local market to buy souvenirs. We transfer to airport for an afternoon flight to Yangon. Arrive at Yangon and transfer to hotel for check-in.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Governor’s Residence – Deluxe Room

DAY 10
YANGON DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Price Includes:

  • 04 nights’ shared Accommodation in twin/double/triple room with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list below) (check in and check out around noontime)
  • 6 Days/5 Nights cruise on boat in Mergui Archipelago (twin/double en-suite cabin on shared boat)
  • 4 lunches; 5 dinners
  • Private airport transfers from hotel to Yangoon airport and via versa.
  • Airport shared transfers from/to Kawthaung or Ranong on the arrival and departure day
  • Local English speaking guides in Yangon (Cruise manager during Mergui Archipelago sail)
  • All entrance fees as program
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
  • Mergui Protection Fee
  • Non-alcoholic beverages on board
  • Usage of dinghy boat, kayak, snorkeling equipment, fishing gear…
  • Service of crew during the cruise
  • Linen, towels & amenities on board
  • Vessel insurance

Tour Price Excludes:

  • Airfares (international and domestic)
  • Single Supplement if you wish to have the cabin for your self
  • Meals & Drinks (other than mentioned in the program)
  • Visa to Myanmar
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurances
  • Early check in or late check out
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • All not mentioned above