Highlights
  • Explore the beautiful unspoilt Mergui Archipelago, meeting local wildlife, local fisherman, and the nomadic seafaring community of the Moken along the way
  • Disconnect from the modern digital world and find a different kind of buzz on an incredibly relaxing journey through the islands of Myanmar
  • Sit back and soak up some of the best beaches in the world, and enjoy a BBQ on a secluded stretch of sand with fish caught fresh that day
  • Anchor in the calm waters surrounding local islands, where you can kayak, paddleboard and snorkel among stunning marine life
  • Embrace the sea-faring life with hammocks on deck, spectacular sunsets, and nights spent out beneath the stars

Departing from Khao Lak, discover Burma on an Intrepid sailing adventure and dive into an aquatic playground that is truly one of the world’s best-kept secrets. While the backpackers, honeymooners and day-spa crowds have swarmed to the beaches of Thailand and Bali, Burma's remote Mergui Archipelago has remained almost frozen in time since the days of the early colonial explorers. Difficult to reach and well-off the tourist trails, sailing through these islands offers the chance to glimpse back to a time before the internet, phones, convenience stores and even denim existed, and experience the traditional clothing, local foods and martial arts of Burma's virtually untouched island cultures. Be surprised by the wealth of pristine coastline, jungled forests and historical sights that span back to the Stone Age, and by the generous locals, who carry smiles that will warm travellers just as much as the ever-present sunshine. Perhaps a little sleepy from their solitude, these are the faces that will no doubt spark a tourist boom in these quiet islands – so get in quick before the crowds arrive. This trip was previously called: Myanmar (Burma) Sailing Adventure ex Phuket

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Mergui Archipelago Sailing Adventure - ex Phuket

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What a way to see the Thai Islands September 2016

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Pretty amazing way to travel to all the islands in Phang Nga Bay! We set sail from Phuket and traveled from island to island on our own sailboat. The captain was very experienced with many years sailing between the islands and his wife was an amazing cook. Some of the best meals I had in Thailand were on this boat! We were able to go to places that most tourists don't get to see and the places that were touristic were were able to go at off times and have the place to ourselves. Quarters were a little cramped however we spent little time in bed. Most of the time was spent swimming, sunning and exploring. Even spent a couple of starry nights sleeping out out on the deck. Really an amazing experience with Intrepid Travel. Next tour... Sailing in Myanmar!!
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Our guide Joseph was so helpful and October 2015

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Our guide Joseph was so helpful and managed everything for us so well

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A magical week. Fabulous itinerary, marvellous crew October 2015

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A magical week. Fabulous itinerary, marvellous crew and a wonderful fun and relaxed time.

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The itinerary for the trip fully matched October 2015

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The itinerary for the trip fully matched and exceeded expectations, plus the tour leader more than excelled in providing everyone on the trip with excellent information to help make things go smoothly. In fact she went above and beyond what I have ever experienced from other tour leaders on other trips, a true star and great ambassador for both Myanmar and Intrepid.
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As usual, the Intrepid guide gave service October 2015

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As usual, the Intrepid guide gave service above expectations. The tour was better than expected as we had a couple of reservations regarding the Ayayarwaddy river segment

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Itinerary

Day 1 Phuket (Khao Lak)

Sawatdee. Welcome to Khao Lak, situated in Phang Nga Province and along the coast of the Andaman Sea with a backdrop of jungle covered mountains. The name Khao Lak translates as 'Lak Mountain' and the mountain is a centrepiece of Khao Lak Ru National Park. You can arrive at any time, as there are no activities planned for today. The closest airport is Phuket which is about an hour and a half away.  Your accommodation for this evening is located within walking distance to the beach and from the centre of town. If you arrive early, Khao Lak has some excellent beaches and an array of restaurants, bars and shopping to choose from. Laze on the beautiful beaches before the sun goes down or dine at one of the delicious beachfront restaurants. You'll have an early start tomorrow morning, so please regularly check the hotel noticeboard for information about your transfer – this can be altered at short notice. Notes: The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on weather and berth availability. Your skipper will make the final call to ensure your safety at all times.

Day 2-7 Ranong/Thae Yae Island

Around 7am, transfer to Ranong (approximately 4 hours). Your insurance and next of kin details will be collected on arrival at Ranong. Then take a longtail boat (approximately 30 minutes) to Kawthoung, stopping briefly at a little island for Thai and Burmese immigration purposes. Once in Kawthoung, meet your skipper and board your home for the next week – Similie. Refurbished in 2016, this will be your home away from home for the next week. Similie comes with her own on-board chef who will cook up delicious meals from the galley (kitchen. There will also be two very knowledgable and well-spoken Burmese guides on board. Kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling gear are part of the equipment. If relaxing is your thing then you may choose one of the other activities on offer – like simply toasting amazing Andaman Sea sunsets from your hammock or bean bag. Our Burmese guide will sort out formalities in regards to visas and Marine Park fees and once processing is complete, set sail! The isolated Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago is made up of around 800 islands, many deserted, making this an amazing place to explore. The islands' limestone cliffs and dense rainforest meet with vast mangrove stretches and untouched white sand beaches. Underwater, the scenes are just as spectacular with a diversity of marine life and coral reefs. Your first port of call is Tae Yae, approximately 19 NM (nautical miles) away. Cruising along at 8-10 knots it will take around 3 hours. We should arrive just in time for a refreshing sunset swim. A very tasty Asian dinner will be served under the stars for our first night together on board. Perhaps wake early for your first ocean sunrise and morning swim. After breakfast, depending on visibility, we will go for our first snorkel. Today we will sail approx. 25NM north to Nyuang Wee. Here we will stop for lunch, a swim and a paddleboard or kayak excursion. In the evening, you will experience one of the most special sunsets you will ever see. This morning we sail a few hours north towards Lampi Island, where you will get a taste of village life. Bo Cho is home to a Moken village, Ma Kyone Galet, and is the largest island village in the southern Mergui archipelago. Once a permanent nomadic, seafaring people, the Moken spent almost all their time floating on small wooden boats fishing for squid. Like many ethnic minorities in Myanmar, most Moken were forced to relocate to onshore sites during the 1990s. Lampi Island is known as Mother to the Moken people. We will spend the next two days visiting the people, exploring the bird life and the nature. We will engulf ourselves in the sounds and sights of nature as it was and learn more about the Moken and the Burmese people living in this remote region of the archipelago. By now we have become part of the islands. We start our journey back south and after breakfast sail 22NM to Nga Manu (Shark Island). We enjoy a beach BBQ of freshly caught seafood, chicken and salads and spend most of today in the water snorkelling. Shark Bay offers the cleanest water in the inner archipelago with some of the biggest corals to be found. No doubt this is one of the best beaches in the world. Set sail late afternoon to the 115 chain of islands. The island is so called because its peak is 115 metres tall. Enjoy another perfect sunset. Start the day with an easy going jungle walk across the island which will take about 10 – 15 minutes with the local Burmese guide. You may get the chance to meet some local Moken fishermen. Walk along the white sandy beach and wade into the clear turquoise waters. A swim on this pristine beach is a must. A sail of 25NM will take us via Myauk Ni Island and onto our next overnight anchorage in the Barwell Chain of Islands. We will have lunch along the way and then the afternoon will be your last chance to paddle and swim in the crystal clear Myiek Archipelago waters that fringe the islands. Before your last sunset, sail to Thae Yae, the island that was your first port of call and a part of the Barwell Islands, and where the boat drops anchor for the group’s last night on board together and share stories of your amazing week sailing the Archipelago.

Day 8 Ranong/Phuket (Khao Lak)

Sail the 19 NM from Tae Yae to Kawthaung, generally arriving around 10am. Say farewell to your skipper and cook, and travel in a long-tail boat with your guide to re-enter Thailand via Ranong. From here, meet your driver at about 12pm and transfer by private vehicle back to Khao Lak. The guide will stay in Ranong, so you will be unaccompanied for this leg of the journey. You should hopefully be back in Khao Lak by 5pm. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a final meal with your fellow travellers and celebrate this wonderful Myanmar sailing adventure.

Day 9 Phuket

There are no activities planned today and you're free to leave the hotel any time before 10am (checkout time). Transfers to the airport or Phuket town can be organised with the hotel reception.

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$ 178 per day
 
Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Nov-24-2018Dec-02-2018$ 2,200NoSold Out Reserve
Dec-01-2018Dec-09-2018$ 2,200NoSold Out Reserve
Dec-08-2018Dec-16-2018$ 2,200Yes4 spots left Reserve
Dec-15-2018Dec-23-2018$ 1,603Yes4 spots left Reserve
Dec-22-2018Dec-30-2018$ 1,662Yes2 spots left Reserve
Dec-29-2018Jan-06-2019$ 2,375Yes1 spots left Reserve
Jan-05-2019Jan-13-2019$ 1,900Yes6 spots left Reserve
Jan-12-2019Jan-20-2019$ 1,900Yes6 spots left Reserve
Jan-19-2019Jan-27-2019$ 1,900Yes8 spots left Reserve
Jan-26-2019Feb-03-2019$ 1,900Yes8 spots left Reserve
Feb-02-2019Feb-10-2019$ 1,832Yes6 spots left Reserve
Feb-09-2019Feb-17-2019$ 1,832Yes8 spots left Reserve
Feb-16-2019Feb-24-2019$ 1,832Yes8 spots left Reserve
Feb-23-2019Mar-03-2019$ 1,832Yes8 spots left Reserve
Mar-02-2019Mar-10-2019$ 1,832Yes8 spots left Reserve
Mar-09-2019Mar-17-2019$ 1,760Yes6 spots left Reserve
Mar-16-2019Mar-24-2019$ 1,760Yes7 spots left Reserve
Mar-23-2019Mar-31-2019$ 1,760Yes4 spots left Reserve
Mar-30-2019Apr-07-2019$ 1,760Yes8 spots left Reserve
Apr-06-2019Apr-14-2019$ 1,760Yes8 spots left Reserve
Apr-13-2019Apr-21-2019$ 1,760Yes8 spots left Reserve
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Details
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 8
Accomodations
Hotel (2 nights),Overnight boat (6 nights)
Start City
Khao Lak
End City
Khao Lak
Guides On your Burma sailing trip you will be accompanied by one of our skippers and a chef. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, organising the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics, safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. All skippers have extensive sailing miles experience and hold a 'yacht master offshore license' or higher. They have been carefully selected and undergone intensive training of each itinerary they sail. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect your skipper to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. Your chef will prepare tasty local cuisine meals using the best of the local fresh produce available. The day to day itinerary indicates that some parts of this trip will be unaccompanied and some parts will be with a local guide or local transfer guide only.
Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Palm Galleria Resort Khao Lak
  • 27/102 Moo.2 Tambon Kukkak, Takuapa, Phang Nga 82190
  • Khao Lak
  • THAILAND

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