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THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO

Coastal cruises through the isolated Mergui Archipelago, a group of 800 islands in the Andaman Sea off Burma's southern coast, are a new venture for Pandaw.

If you're seeking the ultimate escape on the water, this is it. The Mergui Archipelago is the realm of fishermen and sea gypsies – nomadic Moken tribespeople who make their living from the sea by catching fish and trading pearls that they find beneath the waves.

Head ashore in one of two tenders for snorkelling and some time on an empty beach. After lunch on board (grilled fish or a flavoursome curry), enjoy some scenic sailing before dropping anchor at another deserted isle – the setting for sundowners while watching fishing boats setting up their nets for the night. Toast the end of another idyllic day as the sky turns scarlet.

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River Cruise itinerary for The Mergui Archipelago

The Mergui Archipelago

Cruising the Mergui Archipelago

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7 nights

from US$3780
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River Cruise itinerary for The Mergui Archipelago
River Cruise itinerary for Burma Coastal Voyage

Burma Coastal Voyage

Rangoon - Kawthaung

10 nights

from US$4450

River Cruise itinerary for Burma Coastal Voyage
River Cruise itinerary for Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma

Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma

Irrawaddy Delta - Kawthaung

18 nights

from US$5910

River Cruise itinerary for Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma
River Cruise itinerary for Chindwin & Mergui Archipelago

Chindwin & Mergui Archipelago

Monywa - Homalin - Rangoon - Mergui Archipelago

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15 nights

from US$6807.60
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River Cruise itinerary for Chindwin & Mergui Archipelago

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Travel Blogs

By the Old Moulmein Pagoda

By Paul Strachan, Pandaw Founder BY THE old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' lazy at the sea, There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she....

River Cruise Stops

 

Bassein

Pathein, also called Bassein, is a port city with a 2004 population estimated at 315, 600, and the capital of the Ayeyarwady Region, Burma. It l....

 

Bogale

Bogale is a small city located in the Bogale Township, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar. It is located on the southwestern part of Myanmar/Burma on th....

 

Homalin

You will pass the Uyu River, which was worked by gold washers on route to Homalin, the furthest navigable point on the Chindwin for vessels of o....

 

Kawthaung

Kawthaung is in the southernmost part of Myanmar, located in Tanintharyi Region. During British rule in Burma between 1824 and 1948, it was know....

 

Maubin

Ma-ubin or Maubin is a town in the Ayeyarwady Division of south-west Burma. It is the seat of the Ma-ubin Township in the Ma-ubin District. T....

 

Mawlaik

Mawlaik replaced Kindat as the administrative capital. Like other towns of the Upper Chindwin, they can only be reached by boat so cars are few.....

 

Mergui

The Mergui Archipelago is an archipelago in far southern Myanmar (Burma) and is part of the Tanintharyi Region. It consists of more than 800 isl....

 

Mergui (Myeik)

Mergui (Myeik) is a city in Tanintharyi Region in Burma (Myanmar) located in the extreme south of the country on the coast of a peninsula on the....

 

Mingkin

Mingkin, with its Konbaung court style teak monasteries are sumptuously decorated. Mingkin may be described as the Luang Prabang of the Chindwin....

 

Monywa

Entering the Lower Chindwin where the river widens and the forested hills fall away to farmland we pass a number of attractive villages. We will....

 

Moulmein (Mawlmyine)

Moulmein (Mawlamyine) also spelled Mawlamyaing is the fourth largest city of Burma (Myanmar), situated 300 km south east of Rangoon and 70 km so....

 

Myaungmya

Myaungmya is a town in Myaungmya Township, Irrawaddy Region, Burma. The town is home to the Myanmar Union Adventist Seminary, a Seventh Day Adve....

 

Phowin Taung

We are exploring the caves of Phowin with its beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues....

 

Pyapon

Pyapon is a town and seat of Pyapon District in the Irrawaddy Division of Myanmar, along the Pyapon River, a tributary of the Irrawaddy River. I....

 

Rangoon (Yangon)

“Rangoon owes its history to two factors, the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and the River. The former made it a place of note in earlier ages; the latter ha....

 

Sitthaung

Near the mouth of the Yu River which drains the Kubu valley, Sitthaung was the final resting place of a number of IFC steamers scuppered there i....

 

Tavoy (Dawei)

Tavoy (Dawei) is a city in southeastern Burma (Myanmar) and capital of Tanintharyi Region, formerly Tenasserim Division located about 614. 3 km ....

 

Toungdoot

Toungdoot or Hsawng-hsup in Tai, is an ancient Shan enclave which in British times still had a ruling prince or sawbwa complete with palace and ....

 

Wakema

Wakema is a town in the Ayeyarwady Division of south-west Myanmar. It is the seat of the Wakema Township in the Myaungmya District. It is home....

River Cruise Ships

MY Andaman Explorer river cruise ship

The Andaman Explorer was built as the MV Atlantic Guard in 1963 in Norway as a Norwegian coast guard vessel. She is 61 meters long with her orig....

RV Kalaw Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Kindat and identical in design the Kalaw was launched with her in 2014 Kalaw is named after the PS Kalaw launched in 1917 and sunk....

RV Kha Byoo Pandaw river cruise ship

This ten cabin K class was completed in 2016 and is currently serving as the Pandaw Academy training ship at Pagan. Like so many of our K class ....

RV Zawgyi Pandaw river cruise ship

We acquired this Z craft in 2008 and fitted her out as a floating clinic as part of the Cyclone Nargis relief effort. Returned to us by the NGO ....

The Mergui Archipelago Climate

The Mergui Archipelago climate chart

Optional Extensions

Burma's Undiscovered South  - The Strand

The mighty Salween River and Burma’s Southern Land is a region of stunning natural beauty, but decades of restrictions on travel have meant few ....

Northern Shan State Adventure 4 Nights

Shan State is one of the most famous and beautiful regions in Burma. While it’s southern part is famous mostly for Inle Lake and often crowded w....

Undiscovered Burma's South  - The Strand

The mighty Salween River and Burma’s Southern Land is a region of stunning natural beauty, but decades of restrictions on travel have meant few ....

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