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7 NIGHTS ON BOARD A CLASSIC 1960'S MOTOR YACHT

THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO
7 NIGHTS KAWTHAUNG - THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO - KAWTHAUNG FROM US$3,900

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The Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands is one of those areas that remain almost totally unvisited by foreigners. Though now some live-a-board dive boats and yachts venture with special permission into the southern islands from their bases in Thailand, the bulk of the archipelago has remained unvisited since colonial times. During that period when the archipelago was first charted most of the islands were named after colonial civil servants, a number retain these quaint names to this day.

The local population IS Mokkein, often called sea gypsies and sometimes called pirates. During the Burmese socialist period the Mokkein controlled the smuggling routes and would prey on shipping. Nowadays they have reverted to fishing and fish curing. They are a people with their own language and culture who entirely live on the sea and have evolved a remarkable way of life. We will visit Mokkein islands such as Lampi in the Sullivan Islands.

The ship carries kayaks and snorkelling equipment for free use.

Please Note: The voyage plan shown here is very much a rough sketch and subject to daily changes depending on weather, pilot’s instructions and local permissions. We can assure that it will be varied and interesting. The ship carries two Zodiac tenders so we can make various unscheduled expeditions to the islands, beaches and into the coastal ports.

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PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Burma's Undiscovered South Pre Tour - The Strand

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Burma's Undiscovered South Post Tour - The Strand

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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. Overnight in Kawthaung.

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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. Overnight off Barwell Island.

DAY 3 LAMPI MARINE NATIONAL PARK

Visit the Lampi Marine National Park with its mangrove forests and diverse bird life including the hornbill. After a tour of the area with excellent bird watching we return to the beach to relax.

DAY 4 KYUN PILA ISLAND

At sea and on to visit the Kyun Pila island for a picnic ashore.

DAY 5 NGA MAN GROUP OF ISLANDS

We explore the Nga Man group of one hundred and fifteen islands and land on the main island for a trek inland and time on the beaches to snorkel and see something of the amazing marine life here.

DAY 6 SAILING THE MERGUI

Sailing the Mergui.

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

Arrive at Kawthaung in the morning and disembark for your onward journey.

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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.

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).

DAY 8 KAWTHAUNG

Disembarkment after breakfast between 09:00 & 10:00.

Passengers with an onwards flight from Kawthaung will be brought to Myo Ma Jetty in Kawthaung and have to arrange further transport at their own cost.

Passengers with an onward flight from Ranong or a hotel in Ranong will be brought to Saphan Pla Jetty in Ranong, Thailand and have to arrange further transport at their own cost.

Please note that you can apply online for a Tourist E-Visa for arrival in Yangon or Kawthaung.

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