How beautiful can two weeks be? This 15 day trip takes in many of the highlights of a holiday to Myanmar and then heads to the remote south of the country. Spend the second week exploring the Mergui Archipelego – referred to as Asia’s lost world, aboard a classic two- masted yacht, equipped with crew.
Whilst visiting the cultural sites of Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake we have worked hard to present you hidden Burma- a holistic approach, balancing temple visits with community involvement - watching blacksmiths and potters at work, sampling home cooking, observing the classroom and bartering at markets. Flying south to Kawthuang, just across the Thai border, board your yacht, meet your crew and make yourself at home for the next 5 nights. Cruise towards the 800 islands, so many some don’t have a name. Live life as an explorer, finding new beaches, with the only foot prints those behind you. There is an indulgent rhythm to the day which by the end of the voyage you will be sad to leave behind – walk through pristine rainforest, snorkel in azure waters, kayak through mangroves, catch your own fish of the day, or if unsuccessful, barter with the local Moken people for a squid dinner! Barbeque your catch or take a gourmet picnic on the deserted shores of any beach you fancy. At the end of the day put your feet up on the helm, sundowner in hand before drifting off to sleep with the sounds of the waters of Mergui lapping at the boat. Wake up the following day and repeat! After brunch on your final day, depart Kawthuang homeward bound via Bangkok or return back toYangon.
The Mergui Archipelago 6 day cruise is available as a standalone holiday, arriving from Myanmar or Thailand, and is easily combinable with Phuket. Cruise only prices start from £1635 for a twin share cabin, including zone fees in Mergui Archipelago.
The best time for sailing in the Mergui is between November and April. December to February is perfect, with warm sunny weather, steady winds and calm seas. March and April, with less wind, is ideal for diving and snorkelling.
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.
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Fly London to Bangkok
Fly Bangkok to Yangon
No longer the capital but still Myanmar's largest city, Yangon remains one of the country's most important commercial hubs. International isolation over the last five decades has left the city with an enduring colonial charm. Architecture from a bygone era lines the streets of the old centre, whilst the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the skyline. A dazzling Buddhist temple attracting pilgrims from all over the world.
Time to Yourself to Acclimitise
You will be staying at Strand Hotel, Yangon
Shwedagon PagodaThe Shwedagon Pagoda which dominates Yangon and can be seen from many parts of the city. Dating back more than 2,600 years it is one of the holiest places in the entire country. Originally built to house eight holy hairs of the Buddha it has been added to and re-built almost continuously. Its temples and shrines throng with the thousands of pilgrims and worshippers that come daily.
Fly Yangon to Heho
Drive from Heho to Inle Lake (Road Journey)
Nestling in a valley of the Shan plateau, Inle Lake is a spectacular freshwater lake at an altitude of almost 3000 feet. It is notable for its inhabitants, known as the Intha people or 'leg rowers', who developed a culture that has survived for centuries. Floating markets and the surrounding villages make this a fascinating place to visit during a trip to Myanmar.
Time to Yourself
You will be staying at Inle Lake View Resort
Full day sightseeingSpend a day sightseeing by boat around the lake. The lake, situated on the high Shan Plateau, is beautiful and is also fairly shallow, consequently a floating market garden has been created in parts held in place by bamboo poles where people grow vegetables, particularly tomatoes. You will see the unusual 'leg' rower today which is likely to be one of your lasting images of Myanmar.Villages have grown up around and in the lake, many built on stilts. You will visit a silk weaving village where many of the processes are still carried out by hand. Cloth is also made from locally grown lotus fibre. At the end of the school day you can see the children returning home, not on the bus but on small rowed wooden canoes. There are a number of temples and monasteries too including the famous Phaung Daw U Pagoda which houses five 12th century Buddha images whose shape has been lost by the layers of gold leaf placed upon them by worshippers.
Lunch onboard the Rice Carrier Boat on Inle LakeLunch is served on a rice carrier boat in the middle of Inle Lake. The boat has been transformed into a wonderful restaurant. An exclusive experience and catered for you by a service boat and a kitchen boat!
Half Day Tour of IndeinIn the south of the lake the ruins of Indein are partly covered by vegetation the area looks like a "pagoda forest". Walk for about one hour for fantastic views over the lake and visit a school in Tha Ley village. A home-made cooked lunch is served in a local house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip going local with a small canoe. Whenever you are tired peddling yourself we continue by motorboat back to your hotel.
Fly Inle Lake to Bagan
You will be staying at Bagan Lodge
Full Day Exploring the Temples of BaganTouring by car with an experienced guide through Bagan will show you the best known temples of the area. Start the day climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole area. From here your guide will plan the way to some of the other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda,Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you.Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant and at around 4pm continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset (with refreshments).The ancient, lost city of Bagan in Myanmar is a truly extraordinary sight. Set in a 26 square mile expanse of open countryside and farmland, framed by a backdrop of distant mountains, the 4000 or so temples scattered across the plain are all that remain of a once important capital.
Evening Sundowners on the IrrawaddyThis evening what better way to see the sun go down then from the top of an ancient temple or on board a boat on the Irrawaddy. We will arrange Sundowners for you this evening.
4WD Safari in Villages near BaganAn early start this morning as you head out of Bagan in 4WD jeeps to explore the surrounding countryside and villages. Nyaung Gyi is the first village where you will visit a blacksmith workshop and can even get a haircut at a local salon! This is a great excursion for people interested in life away from the tourist sites, and for those interested in photography. We can also weave in some time spent learning about local farming methods.
Fly Bagan to Yangon
Half Day Yangon Heritage WalkYangon downtown is unique with much of its colonial era architecture still standing. This walking tour follows a route through downtown Yangon focusing on the old colonial buildings. The guide will ensure walking through the back streets in a relaxed tempo. Afterwards drink a gin and tonic at Gekko.
Fly Yangon to Kawthaung
On arrival at Kawthaung transfer to the harbour to board your cruise.
Day 1 of CruiseOn arrival at the jetty board the Meta IV or Raja Laut. Today the yacht will cruise towards Hastings Island. Relax on deck with a welcome drink while exploring the Mergui. Spend the rest of the day on the beach at Hasting Island.
Day 2 of CruiseEarly this morning we will arrive at Lampi Island, the largest in the region. Brunch will be served on board and a visit to the Moken Sea nomads will allow time to buy local squid for the dinners BBQ. Sail northwest to the gorgeous Clara Island. The water is exceptionally clear here.
Day 3 of CruiseIt's a beautiful cruise to Pila Island and an opportunity to try tuna fishing. Once there, a BBQ on the long beach will be organised, and plenty fo time to go for jungle walks. Hear the monkeys and hornbills? Before a relaxed sundowner, cool down by snorkelling in the azure waters.
Day 4 of CruisePick up the east winds and speed towards the Mid Group. The Mid Group is made up of small islands, hidden coves and beaches and the prettiest by far are Frost and Potter Islands. Spectacular white beaches and huge fig trees.
Day 5 of CruiseSpending most of the day on the water, only stopping for a dip in the open ocean. Get busy sailing, lie on the deck and watch dolphins jump. It's dinner on the beach at Zadetkyi Island.
Day 6 of CruiseAfter a long and leisurely brunch today , sail back into Kawthaung. Bid farewell to new friends and wonderful crew before transferring to Ranong airport for your oward flight to Bangkok this afternoon.
Fly Kawthaung to Bangkok
Fly Bangkok to London
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