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10 NIGHTS ON BOARD A CLASSIC 1960'S MOTOR YACHT

BURMA COASTAL VOYAGE
10 NIGHTS KAWTHAUNG TO RANGOON FROM US$4,450

This season's cruising in the Mergui Archipelago on our classic 1960s motor yacht has been a terrific success with many a first and some quite extraordinary discoveries in this rarely visited coast, with its thousand islands and diverse marine life.

In view of this success we have decided to extend the duration and distance of selected future voyages to cover the entire distance between Rangoon and Kawthaung. These voyages will include exciting stops at the old coastal ports of Moulmein, Mergui and Tavoy. In addition, we will explore several little known islands with opportunities to snorkel or kayak up rivers into the mangrove forests.

We have now fully recce’d these lively coastal ports, so evocative of Kipling, Maugham and Collis, and find them full of architectural interest, whether colonial or Buddhist.

Likewise we have identified key islands, some with communities of Baptist Karens loyal to the KNU, others with the Mokkein sea gypsies who speak a strange sort of Malay. But the majority are totally deserted with pristine white beaches, coral and diverse bird and sea life, not to mention the odd reptile like giant monitor lizards.

We are offering just four Burma Coastal Voyages of ten nights. Two in late 2018 and two in early 2019.

Please note: Passengers will be required to climb in and out of Zodiac type tenders and up and down steep steps so must be reasonably fit and mobile. This itinerary is indicational only and subject to change depending on weather, tide and the logistical decisions of the ship's master.

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ITINERARY

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DAY 1 KAWTHAUNG

Embark at Kawthaung for lunch and explore this bustling port city in the afternoon.

DAY 2 COXCOMBE ISLAND

Sail on the morning tide for Coxcombe Island to explore the secret lagoon, timing and entry, by swimming or by kayak, depends on a low tide.

DAY 3 PHI LAR ISLAND

Sail the Loughborough Passage where dolphin sightings are common and stop to visit a Mokkein sea gypsy village on Phi Lar Island. This is a great place to buy giant lobsters that we serve fresh at dinner.

DAY 4 TANN SHEY ISLAND

Visit Tann Shey Island, forming the main part of Lampi marine national park, and explore the mangroves by kayak where you may see wild monkeys.

DAY 5 CRUISING THE ARCHIPELAGO

A day cruising through the Archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel.

DAY 6 BAILEY ISLAND

Sail to Bailey Island for spectacular snorkelling or swimming in this most lovely of bays. Afternoon visit Port Maria in Lun Lun Island. This populated island is Karen and the KNU flag flies above each door and the local government is run by the KNU not the Yangon government. The Baptist Karens are very welcoming and keen to show their church. We also explore by tender or kayak the system of bays and creeks reaching inland from Port Maia.

DAY 7 MYEIK

Anchor off Mergui (Myeik) for a full day exploring the many architectural marvels of this old British port town. Visit the house of the author Maurice Collis which is in fact on the site of the house of Siamese White, the 17th century English pirate who came to be governor of the province for the King of Siam.

DAY 8 TAVOY (DAWEI) CREEK

Anchor in the mouth of the Tavoy (Dawei) creek and continue to visit this little known but once important town by tender.

DAY 9 CRUISING

Cruising all day with an island stop to swim and explore ashore.

DAY 10 MOULMEIN

Moor downstream from Moulmein in the estuary at Kaikkame and transfer ashore to travel by car to Thanbyuzayat to visit the war graves there and then on to Moulmein (Mawlamyaing) for lunch and the day exploring this important colonial outpost that was annexed by the British in 1824. Visit old colonial churches and a splendid wood-carved royal monastery on the hill. Night sail to Rangoon.

DAY 11 RANGOON

Sail up the Rangoon River and arrive at the old city port by noon for disembarkation.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: All excursions as stated, entrance fees, guide services (English language), main meals, jugged coffee, selection of teas and tisanes, local soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, mineral water, crew gratuities, kayaks & snorkelling equipment.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues usd 195 per person, laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

Please note: There is no credit card machine available on the Andaman Explorer due to connectivity issues. Please bring USD cash to settle your on board bill at the end of the cruise.

Please note: Thai citizens enter Burma visa-free but need a pre-arranged visa when visiting Mergui.

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TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 KAWTHAUNG

Myo Ma Jetty Kawthaung, Myanmar
At 10:00 our representative will wait for you at the border checkpoint area with a PANDAW sign in his hand.

For passengers arriving on the flight from Yangon:
We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the jetty. Please advise us what time you will arrive. (flight number & arrival time).

For passengers who stay in a hotel in Kawthaung:
We will pick you up from your hotel between 09:00 and 09:30 and transfer you to the jetty. Please advise us what hotel you are staying in (hotel name & address).

RANONG, THAILAND:

Saphan Pla Jetty, Ranong
Take a taxi to the jetty in Ranong, from which boats leave for Kawthaung. The small jetty is hidden behind the PTT petrol station.

Immigration
At 09:00 our representative will wait for you at the border checkpoint area with a PANDAW sign in his hand. First you have to go through Thai Immigration & Border Control, just to your right inside the border checkpoint area. Right in front of to the emigration area is the longtail boat pier.

Boat Ride
Crossing the river between Thailand and Myanmar takes 30 to 45 minutes. There are two more checkpoints along the way where the driver has to show your passport to customs officers. Usually you won’t have to get off the boat.

The longtail boats from Thailand arrive about 30-40 metres away from the Myanmar Immigration at Myo Ma Jetty. The small building on the right hand side is the Immigration office.

Note: Please bring a copy of your passport and 2 passport photos with you!

For passengers arriving on the morning flight from Bangkok: (Nokair)
We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the jetty. You may have to wait 1 hour 30 minutes before our representative will meet you at the jetty at 09:00. Please advise us what time you will arrive (flight number & arrival time).

For passengers who stay in a hotel in Ranong:
We will pick you up from your hotel between 08:00 and 08:30 and transfer you to the jetty. Please advise us what hotel you are staying in (hotel name & address).

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An Eden of Islands - the Explorations of Dr Helfer

Felix Potter, author of the Myeik Heritage Walking Tour, is a historian currently researching for a book on the region. In this article Felix de.... read more