Take to the water & explore some of the world’s most beautiful corners by boat. There is no need for any experience - learn the ropes from our qualified crew or simply sit back & relax.
For those of you who dream of experiencing a location in depth and comfort but are mindful of budget. Ideal for those that enjoy the quirkier side of a destination without roughing it. Join inquisitive travellers of all ages for an fun, informative experience. All accommodation is based on twin share. If you are a solo traveller you will share with another solo traveller of the same sex. Single supplements are available on some trips. If you are interested in booking a single supplement please contact us to check availability.
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand.
You can arrive at any time as there are no planned activities for Day 1 in Phuket. We have an early start tomorrow morning so please check the hotel notice board for information about your transfer - which can change at short notice.
Thailand's largest and most well-known island, Phuket has some excellent beaches and a huge array of restaurants, hotels, bars and shopping to choose from. Our start hotel is close to the airport to make it convenient for those flying in directly to meet the trip.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt)
We meet our transfer guide in the hotel lobby at 7am for the transfer north from Phuket to Ranong [near to the border with Myanmar]. The drive is approx 5 hours. On arrival in Ranong we transfer to Sapanpla Immigration Pier where we exit Thailand and travel by long boat to board our yacht which will be moored offshore. Your Burmese visas will be processed on board the yacht by our Burmese Custom’s agent.
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 can be flexible on the day's itinerary.
Once our processing has taken place we’ll set sail for Myauk Ni Island. The isolated Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago embraces at least 800 islands, many deserted, making this a region for true explorers. The islands' limestone cliffs and dense rainforest interiors meet with vast mangrove stretches and truly untouched white sand beaches.
Underwater, the scenes are just as refreshing with a diversity of marine life and stunning coral reefs.
Explore the southern beach of Myauk Ni Island and maybe try sea kayaking, snorkelling or just marvel at the natural beauty of this incredibly remote part of the world.
Accommodation: Overnight boat (1 nt)
Head north towards Palu Bada, a group of islands with great snorkelling. Drop anchor for the night in a protected bay and take a short jungle walk to the other side of the island.
Sailing a few hours north to Bo Cho island and get a taste of village life. Ma Kyone Galet is the largest island village in the southern Mergui archipelago and a local community of Moken or 'sea gypsies'. 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 Myanmar, most Moken were forced to relocate to onshore sites during the 1990s.
We then set sail for Lampi Island a beautiful long white sand beach where we can kayak up a river through mangroves.
Set sail today to Swinton Island, arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the archipelago. This is a top spot for snorkelling and tonight we can relax, swap travel tales and enjoy the days catch around a campfire on the beach.
Sail today to Kho Yinn Khwa Island (Maclead Island) and be dazzled again by its picture perfect beach. One of the larger islands and home to a small resort we can take a guided hike for a fabulous view across the islands (1.5 hours), The climb is steep and challenging so please bring suitable footwear for this hike (no sandals or flip flops). Tonight, take a break from eating on board with dinner and drinks at the island's resort or perhaps enjoy a traditional Burmese massage (not included).
Sail east to Thay Yae island, and it's picture perfect, long and isolated beach. Why not kayak or snorkel in the surrounding turquoise waters? We anchor on a nearby island so settle in for one more incredible sunset and a relaxing final night aboard.
Accommodation: Overnight boat (5 nts)
Leaving very early we sail back to Ranong.
We say goodbye to your skipper and cook and travel with our guide by long tail boat and reenter Thailand at Ranong. From here transfer by vehicle back to Phuket. Travellers will be unaccompanied for this leg of the journey. We hope to be back in Phuket by 6pm.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt)
There are no activities planned today. Check out from your hotel is 10am. Transfers to the airport or in Phuket town can be organised with the hotel reception.
Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
For those of you who dream of experiencing a location in depth and comfort but are mindful of budget. Ideal for those that enjoy the quirkier side of a destination without roughing it. Join inquisitive travellers of all ages for an fun, informative experience.
On our sailing adventures there is no need for any experience - learn the ropes from our qualified crew or simply sit back & relax. The skipper will take charge of the vessel - but it's more fun if you have a 'hands on deck' approach! Spend days cruising around impressive coastlines, exploring lush national parks, wandering through medieval towns or rolling off the boat into warm, turquoise waters to swim.
This tour is operated by our partners Intrepid.
At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.
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