Disconnected from the rest of the world, this is the ultimate relaxation sailing holiday. Indulge in freshly prepared meals and loll around in a bean bag as you enjoy spectacular sunsets, and maybe even sleep out on deck under the stars
Sail Burma for nine incredible days on this small group Myanmar sailing experience to the remote Myeij Archipelago. This fascinating corner of the world has remained beautifully frozen in time and is the perfect destination for a ‘digital detox’.
Come and let the Stone Age historical sites mesmerize you, the jungle forests delight you, and the pristine coastlines inspire you on this slow travel adventure.
- Feast on phenomenal pad thai in Phuket
- Meet generous and loving Burmese people who will warm your heart with their kindness and generosity
- Learn about sailing while living on a catamaran yacht
- White sandy beaches complete with cocktails
- Navigate the 800 islands of the Myeij Archipelago
- Snorkel with the turtles off Ba Wei Island
- Learn about nomadic traditions from Bo Cho Islands ‘sea gypsies’
- Jungle trek around Kho Yinn Khwa Island
- Enjoy a campfire on the beach at Swinton Island
The journey begins in Phuket, Thailand from where you’ll cross the Burmese border to explore Myauk Ni Island, Ranong, and Palu Bada. Your journey finishes once again in Phuket.
Difficult to reach and decidedly off the beaten path, the culture of the Burmese islands has been virtually untouched since the early colonial days. Sailing the islands offers a chance to explore the culture, history and cuisine of this beautiful remote region.
You don’t need prior sailing experience to enjoy the journey, it’s open to everyone. But if you’ve been on a voyage or two and would like to help out, your crew will find some deck work for you – especially when entering or leaving port. Life onboard a catamaran yacht is simple, but the adventure is anything but.
Many of the 800 islands in this archipelago are uninhabited and yet to be thoroughly explored. You’ll spend each day sailing from island to island with plenty of opportunity to stretch out on untouched beaches, explore the islands and coral reef be amazed by the colour and natural diversity of this region.
This area is waiting for you to discover and explore. Enquire today and be among the few to experience this mysterious land.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Explore Myanmar's unspoilt paradises and remote locations, yet to be discovered by mainstream tourism
- Anchor in the calm waters surrounding local islands, where you can kayak, paddle board and snorkel among stunning marine life
- Embrace the special experience of interacting with the nomadic seafaring community of the Moken
Head off the tourist trail (and seemingly off the map) as you dive headfirst into a Myanmar sailing adventure through the remote Myeik Archipelago. Setting off from the hustle and bustle of Phuket, explore lush rainforest, swim in turquoise waters and chill out on pristine beaches in this tropical paradise.
Learn about the Moken, an ethnic minority living in Ma Kyone Galet, cruise through mangrove forests by kayak and snorkel with brightly coloured fish in an underwater wonderland.
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Day 1: Phuket
Sawatdee. Welcome to Phuket, arguably Thailand’s best known island, and certainly its largest. You can arrive at any time, as there are no activities planned for today. Your accommodation for this evening is located in the middle of the Sirinat National Park and is within walking distance of the beach. It’s also convenient for those flying in directly to meet the trip, as it’s in close proximity to the airport. If you arrive early, Phuket has some excellent beaches and a huge array of restaurants, bars and shopping to choose from. Spend an evening in the hectic hub of Phuket – perhaps 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.
Days 2-7: Ranong/Thae Yae Island
Around 7am, transfer to Ranong (approximately 4.5 hours), 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. Newly refurbished, 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) and the boat also comes equipped with kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling gear. 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. We’ll be collecting insurance and next of kin information at the initial meeting, and our Burmese guide will sort out formalities in regards to visas and Marine Park fees. Once processing is complete, set sail! Your first port of call is Tae Yae, approximately 12 NM (nautical miles) away. Cruising along at 10-15 knots it will take around 2 hours, under sail approximately 1.5. 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. Drop anchor and explore Thae Yae Island. Maybe try sea kayaking, snorkelling, or simply marvel at the natural beauty of this incredibly remote part of the world. Enjoy dinner around 7pm, then luxuriate in your surroundings.
Perhaps wake early for your first ocean sunrise and morning swim. Around 9am, sail north 20 NM to Palu Bada, a group of remote islands with great snorkelling spots. Here you’ll stop for lunch, a swim and a paddleboard, and have the chance to spot sea otters, turtle hatchlings, stingrays, and maybe even dolphins. The island is also home to a variety of birdlife, and there may be time to snorkel and discover some of the underwater wildlife. After lunch set off again for 115, 30 NM (approximately 5 hours under motor). The island is so called because its peak is 115 metres tall. After arriving, disembark for a jungle walk with the local Burmese guide. The walk is easy going across the island and takes approximately 10-15 minutes. You may get the chance to meet some local fisherman at a camp. Walk along the white sandy beach and wade into the clear turquoise waters. After returning to the other side of the island, the guide can take your cameras and clothing back in the zodiac and you can swim back to the boat – a short 300 metres. Once back at the boat you can get in the kayak or paddleboard, or grab your mask and flippers and go for a snorkel. Dinner is served around 7pm.
Leave 115 this morning and sail a few hours north to Bo Cho island, where you’ll 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 and diving for shellfish. Like many ethnic minorities in Burma, most Moken were forced to relocate to onshore sites during the 1990s. The local guide will go out to the island to pick up a village elder, who will come to meet you on the boat and explain the ways of the Moken. You might be greeted by some young children as you wait – maybe offer some fruit as a gift. Transfer to the island by zodiac and walk along the beach into the village. Visit the local primary school, and then continue on to the Buddhist temple. On your return, you can sit at a local café for a cold drink and get to meet more of the locals. Say farewell and head off to Lampi Island, a beautiful long white sand beach (approximately 7 NM, or just over an hour). Lampi Island has a small river that you can paddleboard and kayak up in beautiful silence, seeing the mangroves and local bird life, Oriental pied hornbills and Collared kingfishers. Return to the boat for dinner as the sun is setting.
After breakfast, set off from Lampi Island southwest to Bo Yae (approximately 16 NM). Here there is a little stream running out of the rocks that the Moken believe to be sacred, and nearby is a mini shrine where ribbons and offerings are left on a nearby tree. Here you can have a refreshing fresh water shower under the small waterfall, and also refill the water bottles with the fresh water. Swim to the shore with a snorkel, and then swim, paddle or kayak back to the boat for lunch. In the afternoon, sail 3 NM to Nga Manu (Shark Island) (approximately 30 minutes), the final stop for the day. The beach here is wide and strikingly white. Head ashore, snorkel around the rocks, and sit on a beach that few people have touched, backed by a dense jungle humming with wildlife. For dinner tonight your crew might have some freshly spear-caught fish on offer.
Sail from Nga Manu to Nyaung Wee Island (9 NM) for the best beach of the trip (which is really saying something as all these beaches are incredible!). Luxuriate in the beautifully clear waters that are perfect for a leisurely swim, a paddleboard or kayak, or to just relax on the beach. Return to the boat for lunch. Then continue 11 NM from Nyaung Wee to Bo Yar Nyunt. Relax on board, or go for a swim and paddle along the long stretch of beach with oyster-covered coral below, while herons perch on rocky outcrops. Later this evening head out to the beach for a night beach BBQ, grilling up the fish and squid that you might have hopefully caught earlier today. Swing away the night in a hammock beside a fire pit, and watch the sun sink beneath the waves.
Head 18 NM from Bo Yar Nyunt to picturesque Myauk Ni Island, and stop at a quiet cove where you’ll enjoy lunch. This will be your last chance to paddle and swim in the crystal clear Myiek Archipelago waters that fringe the island. Choose your transport method (paddleboard, kayak, swim or snorkel) to the beach, where you can relax or take a walk, perhaps looking out for the large fruit bats and abundant birdlife that call the island’s trees home. Before your last sunset, sail to Thae Yae, the island that was your first port of call, and where the boat drops anchor for the group’s last night on board together.
Day 8: Ranong/Phuket
Sail the 18 NM from Tae Yae to Kawthaung, generally arriving around 12pm. 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, transfer by private vehicle back to Phuket. The guide will stay in Ranong, so you will be unaccompanied for this leg of the journey. You should hopefully be back in Phuket by 6pm. 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.
PriceFrom GBP £1,545 land only
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Trip Duration9 days
Start LocationPhuket, Myanmar
End LocationPhuket, Myanmar
Average Group SizeBetween 1 and 8
Hotel (2 nights), Overnight boat (6 nights)
The sailing part of this trip is accommodated on board a catamaran boat. Your 46 foot boat is equipped with 4 twin-share cabins and 4 bathrooms. Fresh water is available for showers, and toilets are either electronic or the hand pump variety. The boat is equipped with a motor for times when the wind is not sufficient for sailing. These boats are real yachts and this is a real sailing trip. Yachts are designed to keep sleeping areas to the absolute minimum of space, while maximising common areas as much as possible.
The skipper will allocate the rooms on arrival to the boat and single travellers will be paired up with another passenger of the same sex, this may mean sharing a double mattress. The skipper will also be sharing the yacht’s facilities and sleeping quarters.
While some may find the living quarters quite close, those who are looking to revel in the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic sailing trip usually find any discomfort is more than made up for by the spirit of this sailing experience.
Boat , Longtail boat , Minibus , Dinghy
This is a sailing adventure so your time is spent on board a catamaran yacht.
You may be asked to assist on-deck, particularly when coming into or leaving port. No experience is necessary, but getting to know some ‘sailing language’ might help to get you into the spirit of the adventure.
This Trip is Suitable For
This trip has a physical rating by the operator of 3 out of 5. Get in touch to find out more about what this means and what to expect.
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Frequently Asked QuestionsWill I get seasick?
As the majority of this trip takes place on a sailing boat, you’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the vessel, including the use of stairs. With that said, sea legs come naturally to some but not so much for others. Your friendly crew will be able to help with the effects of sea sickness if needed.What kind of boat is it?
You’ll be exploring on board a superior 46-foot catamaran, with spacious common areas and comfortable cabins and bathrooms. Leave your sleeping gear and beach towel at home, as all of this is provided for you.
Dates & Availability
- 16 Apr 2019 – 24 Apr 2019
- 19 Nov 2019 – 24 Nov 2019
- 26 Nov 2019 – 04 Dec 2019
- 03 Dec 2019 – 11 Dec 2019
- 10 Dec 2019 – 18 Dec 2019
- 17 Dec 2019 – 25 Dec 2019
- 24 Dec 2019 – 01 Jan 2020
- 31 Dec 2019 – 08 Jan 2020
- 07 Jan 2020 – 17 Jan 2020
- 14 Jan 2020 – 22 Jan 2020
- 21 Jan 2020 – 29 Jan 2020
- 28 Jan 2020 – 05 Feb 2020
- 04 Feb 2020 – 12 Feb 2020
- 11 Feb 2020 – 19 Feb 2020
- 18 Feb 2020 – 26 Feb 2020
- 25 Feb 2020 – 04 Mar 2020
- 03 Mar 2020 – 11 Mar 2020
- 11 Mar 2020 – 18 Mar 2020
We love this operator for the freedom and flexibility they give travellers to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures. Their style of small group travel is perfect for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends and their grassroots style of travel seeks to have a positive impact on the communities they visit.
They use local leaders, local accommodation & transport and support local community projects, ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything they do.
In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
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