Beach shack in Mergui Archipelago

Sailing the Andaman Sea

Trip code
SAS001

800 islands scattered in the far south of Myanmar, surrounded by the Andaman Sea and just a stone’s throw from Thailand, the Mergui Archipelago is beautiful, undeveloped, and virtually untouched by tourism.

Join a luxury sailing yacht to uncover its secrets, cruising between uninhabited islands where the only residents are gibbons and monitor lizards, snorkelling among rainbow-coloured coral reefs, and visiting the nomadic sea people who call paradise home.

Pricing

Price based on 3* accommodation
From
$3,700
pp
Price based on 4* accommodation
From
$4,100
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Price based on 5* accommodation
From
$4,300
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Key facts

10 days / 9 nights
Steep yourself in Yangon’s colonial heritage with an architectural walking tour followed by afternoon tea at the Strand Hotel
Spend five nights cruising in the Mergui Archipelago, including stops for snorkelling, island excursions and sunset cocktails
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DAY 4-8 MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO DAY 1-2, 9-10 YANGON DAY 3 KAWTHAUNG
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DAY 4-8 MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO DAY 1-2, 9-10 YANGON DAY 3 KAWTHAUNG

Most of your travelling will be done by boat, with the exception of two domestic flights (from Yangong to Kawthaung and back).

What's great

This is a truly beautiful and unspoilt part of the world for sailing

There’s the option to upgrade to a private charter yacht if you choose

You’ll get to visit isolated islands and meet Moken “sea nomads” who’ve lived on the water for generations

This itinerary is easily extended if you’d like to see more of Myanmar

Things to consider

This itinerary skips most of the country’s classic highlights in favour of time spent cruising

The cruising season runs from October to May

Cruises don’t depart every day, which may constrain your travel dates

Accommodation in Kawthaung is limited, don't expect the same luxurious standards as on the cruise!

The experience

Book this itinerary as it stands, or use it as a starting point to plan your dream trip through Myanmar and beyond. Just pick up the phone and we’ll get planning.

Day 1-2

Yangon

Yangon has a charm that’s hard to find. It’s no time-warp — it has its modern malls and stellar hotels — but don’t expect the brashness of Bangkok or the mile-a-minute buzz of Hanoi. There are no hard edges about this city. Ghosts of British Rangoon remain in the crumbling forms of official buildings, but really Yangon feels like an overgrown village. Its streets are filled with people in brightly patterned longyi, and monks and nuns going about their business. Streetside stalls sell bowls of mohinga noodles for breakfast, and golden-spired temples are still at the heart of everyday life. If you’re only going to visit one place on mainland Myanmar, it’s got to be here.

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Highlights

Take a walking tour of Yangon’s colonial-era architecture, including war-damaged Bank Street, the Stock Exchange and the Secretariat

Lounge on rattan chairs beneath ceiling fans as you take high tea at The Strand Hotel, built in 1901 and beautifully restored in 2016

Yangon colonial architecture

Day 3-8

Kawthaung / Mergui Archipelago

After a night in the town of Kawthaung, join your luxury sailing yacht for five nights in the Mergui Archipelago. Words like “idyllic” and “paradise” are overused, but it’s hard to think of any other way to describe these islands: ringed with white sand, fringed with palms, and gloriously deserted. Fish for barracuda and cuttlefish, then trek into jungles where toucans and hornbills perch in the trees and monitor lizards watch from the undergrowth. Kayak among the tangled roots of mangroves, and visit Moken villages to meet the “sea gypsies” who’ve made their lives on the water. Then, return to your vessel for a cocktail, watching for the glimmer of bioluminescent plankton as dusk falls.

Mergui Archipelago

Highlights

Swim in brilliant azure seas and snorkel among coral reefs, keeping an eye out for whale sharks and sea turtles

Visit the UNESCO-protected Lampi Marine Park, where the Moken people live a semi-nomadic lifestyle diving for sea cucumbers and fishing from dugout canoes

Drink champagne cocktails at sunset on the soft white sand of a desert island

Moken village in the Mergui Archipelago

The finer detail

  • Breakfast every day
  • Five Lunches: all onboard your cruise
  • Five Dinners: all onboard your cruise
  • One full-day tour: city tour of Yangon with afternoon tea at The Strand
  • Five-night cruise onboard a luxury yacht in the Mergui Archipelago with activities
  • All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
  • All internal transport & accommodation

Day 1:
Car transfer from Yangon airport to city (30 minutes)

Day 3:
Car transfer from city to Yangon airport (30 minutes)
Flight from Yangon to Kawthaung (2 hours 40 minutes)
Car transfer from Kawthaung airport to hotel (10 minutes)

Day 4:
Car transfer from hotel to Kawthaung jetty (15 minutes)
Cruise around the Mergui Archipelago (5 days)

Day 9:
Car transfer from Kawthaung jetty to airport (20 minutes)
Flight from Kawthaung jetty to Yangon (2 hours 40 minutes)
Car transfer from Yangon airport to city (30 minutes)

Day 10:
Car transfer from city to Yangon airport (30 minutes)

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
  • Tips for guides & porters