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Burma Sailing Adventure ex Phuket Overview
- 2014-11-01 - 2015-04-30
Sail in Burma’s stunning Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago, starting in Phuket
Departing from Phuket, 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 Myeik 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.
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Before making the journey into peaceful Burma (Myanmar), 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.
After an early morning transfer to Ranong weset sail for the first island on this tour of the Myeik Archipelago – this is your opportunity to feel like you’ve fallen off the face of the earth as many of the 800 islands of this region are deserted and still yet to be thoroughly explored.
The next five days is full of great snorkelling, lazy sailing, stretching out on untouched, white-sand beaches and gentle exploration of the islands. The pristine coral reef and marine life aren’t used to many visitors, so be prepared to be blinded by an array of colours and a flurry of large schools of fish while swimming in the clear-blue waters of the region. When the weather is fine, build a campfire to hang out by over dinner (don’t forget the marshmallows!) or let someone else do the cooking and try the delicious Burmese cuisine, such as mohinga (noodle soup), gyin thohk (ginger salad) and fresh island fruits. Sailing with us in Burma is also special as you’ll be some of the few people on earth to spend time with the Moken, or ‘sea gypsies’ – a nomadic tribe who live their lives roaming the sea. Their handcrafted wooden boats are used not only to fish, but also as their homes. 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.
Wake early to watch the sun rise over the Andaman Sea before farewelling the crew and taking a long tail boat back to Ranong. Then make the journey back to Phuket.
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