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.
Disconnect from the modern digital world and find a different kind of buzz on an incredibly relaxing journey through the islands of Myanmar
Explore the beautiful unspoilt Mergui Archipelago, meeting local wildlife, local fisherman, and the nomadic seafaring community of the Moken along the way
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
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.
A zodiac is used to transport passengers from the boat to the mainland, with landings taking place at piers (dry landings) as well as on beaches (wet landings). Zodiacs can sometimes be awkward to climb in and out of, but a sense of humour and can-do attitude is all you need.
This is an adventure on board a real yacht, which means living spaces, cabins, bathrooms and showers need to be shared with other passengers. Sleeping quarters can be quite compact, but you will be spending the majority of your time above board in the open air.
Time on the water also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, such as sun screen and a hat, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. See ‘Essential Trip Information’ below for a full packing list.
Please note that smooth sailing is dependent on the weather, so itinerary changes may occur at the last minute if the weather becomes unfavourable. If any changes are made, you can trust in your knowledgeable skipper to choose an alternative route or activity.
Due to the size of the yachts, sound carries easily from one side to the other and can wake your fellow travellers. Please keep this in mind if you’re planning to have a late night.
1. Please provide passport details at time of booking with exact name as per passport (including middle name), as these are essential for booking services on this trip. The passport details provided must match the passport you are travelling on.
2. Parts of this trip will be unaccompanied, see trip notes itinerary for details.
3. All travellers must pay an additional US$20/day Mergui Archipelago park fee and a US$30 Myanmar Tourist Visa.
Our Myanmar (Burma) Sailing Adventure ex Phuket trips score an average of 4.86 out of 5 based on 42 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid's responsible tourism policies are clearly evident in every aspect of the trip, not just words. We had a crew of 2 Myanmar guides and 2 international crew who operated in a collegial team. This made for a relaxed and very enjoyable trip where passengers could spend time with each crew member throughout the trip, gaining a depth of understanding of the local culture and environment.
Review submitted 17 Jan 2018
Myeik Archipelago is one of my bucket list destinations and Even though my “Myanmar Sailing Adventure” was cancelled at the last minute due to “technical problems” with the boat, I jointed the Phuket Sailing trip, which was an awesome experience with a great skipper and a brilliant group of fellow travellers. Sailing Thailand, my definition of a holiday in paradise.
Review submitted 06 Jan 2018