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Southern Burma and Islands of the Andaman Sea

Overview:

While most first-time visitors to Burma head understandably north from Yangon to the much acclaimed sights of Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle, for those who head south an altogether different and less visited world awaits.

On this epic journey, which will take us from the Burmese capital to its very southern tip, we’ll not only discover the cultural treasures around Hpa An and Mawlamyaing but also the rural charms of Bilu Island and the thought-provoking World War II cemetery at Thanbyuzayat. More notably, perhaps, upon arrival at the remote southerly town of Myeik, we’ll head out into the Andaman Sea and charter our own boat for a 5-day journey through some of the stunning 800 islands that make up the tropical Mergui Archipelago. Here, amongst the fading world of the Moken, the so-called “Sea Gypsies” - a tribe of maritime hunter-gatherers who have made this region their home over the last 4,000 years – we’ll mingle with the isolated fishing communities who inhabit this area of Burma that was, until recently, almost impossible to gain the necessary permits to visit.

This tour offers an insight into a very different Burma and as well as offering ample opportunities to relax in the warm waters of Southeast Asia, it will be certain to appeal to those who prefer their adventures a little bit more unscripted.

Highlights:

  • Discovering the cultural treasures around Hpa An and Mawlamyaing
  • Exploring the rural idyll that is Bilu Island
  • Paying our respects to those who lost their lives during the building of the Burma-Siam railway
  • Sailing through the Mergui archipelago on a privately charted boat and meeting local fishing communities
  • Opportunities to swim and kayak in the warm waters of the Andaman Sea

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport (local train, minibuses, domestic flight and our privately chartered boat)
  • 12 nights' accommodation (6 nights in comfortable hotels, 1 night in a simple guesthouse and 5 nights aboard our privately chartered boat)
  • All entrance fees, permits, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)

ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 7

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 7

You can typically expect a mixture of accommodation with some nights being spent in comfortable and characterful places, and some in more basic places, homestays or camping, especially where choices are limited.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 5

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 8

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.

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