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MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO & IRRAWADDY DELTA

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This scenic expedition combines two very remote destinations. The Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands, one of those areas that remain almost totally unvisited by foreigners and the Irrawaddy Delta. The Delta covers an area of over 1000 square miles with Rangoon, its most famous port and capital of all Burma from 1886 to 2005. Originally a vast inhabited wetland and jungle, much of it was cleared and cultivated by the British who annexed Lower Burma in 1855. It subsequently became the rice basket of Asia, effectively feeding much of the Indian Raj.

This trip includes flights from Kawthaung to Rangoon.

Please note: This expedition requires a sufficient level of fitness and agility to climb in and out of tenders from the ship and at shore. Launching and boarding inflatable and rigid tenders can be challenging. Please be aware that the Andaman Explorer has a steep gangway and a good level of fitness is essential to ensure guest safety. There may be rough water which can challenge those with limited mobility. Launching and excursions are dependent on safe weather conditions as deemed by the Master of the Andaman Explorer and sea conditions.

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EXTENSIONS

PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Burma's Undiscovered South Pre Tour - The Strand

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

NGL Post cruise Rangoon

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OPTIONAL PACKAGE ADDONS

Private Dining

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Pre-Bookable House Wine Package

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Free Flow Drinks

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Free Flow Drinks & Wine Package

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 KAWTHAUNG

Passengers embark at the border port of Kawthaung. After lunch explore the town of Kawthaung and surrounding area. Sail on evening or morning tide.

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DAY 2 NAUNG WEE ISLAND

Sail on to Naung Wee island to visit a Moken (sea gipsy) village and learn about their extraordinary water bourn life. Sail all night.

DAY 3 SAILING THE ARCHIPELAGO

Sail all day north through the archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel and explore ashore on an island of interest.

DAY 4 MERGUI

All day ashore to explore this fascinating colonial port city. Afternoon voluntary trip by car to the rarely visited town of Tanintharyi (Tenasserim), once capital of this region.

DAY 5 LUN LE ISLANDS

Morning sail to Port Maria to visit the Karen communities there. Swimming and snorkeling off a desert island in the afternoon. Sail all night.

DAY 6 LAMPI MARINE NATIONAL PARK

Visit the Lampi Marine National Park with its mangrove forests and diverse bird life including the hornbill. We go up river by kayak deep into the mangroves with excellent bird watching and return to the beach to swim or snorkel. Afternoon visit to Mokkein sea gypsy villages.

DAY 7 COCKSCOMB ISLAND

Sail to Cockscomb Island with its limestone caves and hidden lagoon accessible only on the ship’s tenders. In the afternoon we will move round to the South Bay where we can kayak and swim off pristine white sandy beaches and watch the sun go down as cocktails are served on the beach.

DAY 8 KAWTHAUNG - RANGOON

Arrive at Kawthaung in the morning and disembark and fly to Rangoon for a pre night on the Delta Pandaw vessel. Afternoon at leisure.

More about Rangoon (Yangon)

DAY 9 RANGOON TO PYAPON

Early morning departure from Rangoon via the Twante Canal stopping at Twante to view the potteries and on to Pyapon (64miles) a delightful delta town and seaport with lively docks and markets.

DAY 10 PYAPON TO BOGALE

Bogale is at the heart of the delta and once a Mon capital and trading port connected to international trading routes between the 15th and 18th centuries. We hope to visit the Mein Ma Hla Kyun Wildlife Reserve, an island of just under one hundred square miles classified as a mangrove eco system reserve and home to salt water crocodiles.

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DAY 11 BOGALE TO MYAUNGMYA

This will be the most fascinating day’s sailing as we weave through creeks and channels cross-country across the heart of the delta. We will stop for a walk about in a suitable village.

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DAY 12 MYAUNGMYA TO BASSEIN

Morning cruise across the final section of delta to join the great Bassein River that takes us up to Bassein, the capital of the delta and an important seaport too. Of interest here are the traditional umbrella manufacturies, where the typical monk’s waxed cloth umbrellas are made. On foot we will explore the town, its shrines and vibrant markets.

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DAY 13 BASSEIN

A day at leisure in this charming port town and optional day trip by car to Ngwesaung Beach with lunch there.

DAY 14 BASSEIN TO WAKEMA

Noon departure with lunch to follow, taking the more usual upper delta route of the old IFC ‘launch service’ between Rangoon and Bassein. Evening exploration of this attractive river port.

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DAY 15 WAKEMA TO MAUBIN

On these busier channels there will be a variety of shipping whilst the riverbanks team with life and activity. Maubin is a very pleasant place to enjoy a sunset walk along its colourful strand.

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DAY 16 MAUBIN TO RANGOON

Morning run crossing the Twante Canal and home to the Rangoon River and our berth in colonial downtown and disembarkation between 12 and 12.30 pm (lunch excluded).

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: All excursions as stated, entrance fees, guide services (English language), flight from Kawthaung to Rangoon, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes, 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), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes 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.

Please note: This expedition requires a sufficient level of fitness and agility to climb in and out of tenders from the ship and at shore. There may be rough water which can challenge those with limited mobility.

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 in Kawthaung 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. Please note that the border opens at 08.00.

For passengers arriving on the morning flight from Bangkok: (Nokair)
We will pick you up from the airport in Ranong and transfer you to the jetty (30-45min). 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).

DAY 16 MAUBIN TO RANGOON

Disembark in Rangoon at Kyan Mar Yay Jetty between 12.00 and 12.30.

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