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Untouched Beauty

The Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands is one of those areas that remain almost totally unvisited by foreigners. Though now some live-a-board dive boats and yachts venture with special permission into the southern islands from their bases in Thailand, the bulk of the archipelago has remained unvisited since colonial times. During that period when the archipelago was first charted most of the islands were named after colonial civil servants, a number retain these quaint names to this day.

The local population IS Mokkein, often called sea gypsies and sometimes called pirates. During the Burmese socialist period the Mokkein controlled the smuggling routes and would prey on shipping. Nowadays they have reverted to fishing and fish curing. They are a people with their own language and culture who entirely live on the sea and have evolved a remarkable way of life. We will visit Mokkein islands such as Lampi in the Sullivan Islands.

The ship carries kayaks and snorkelling equipment for free use.

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Cruise Highlights

    – Sail all day north through the archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel
    – All day ashore to explore the fascinating colonial port city of Mergui.
    – Visit the Lampi Marine National Park with its mangrove forests and diverse bird life.
    – Sail to Cockscomb Island with its limestone caves and hidden lagoon accessible only on the ship’s tenders.
    – Sail on to Naung Wee island to visit a Moken (sea gipsy) village.
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Things To Remember

Please note:

    – The voyage plan shown here is very much a rough sketch and subject to daily changes depending on weather, pilot’s instructions and local permissions. We can assure that it will be varied and interesting. The ship carries two Zodiac tenders so we can make various unscheduled expeditions to the islands, beaches and into the coastal ports.
    – There is no credit card machine available on the Andaman Explorer due to connectivity issues. Please bring USD cash to settle your on board bill at the end of the cruise.
    – This expedition requires a sufficient level of fitness and agility to climb in and out of tenders from the ship and at shore. Launching and boarding inflatable and rigid tenders can be challenging. Please be aware that the Andaman Explorer has a steep gangway and a good level of fitness is essential to ensure guest safety. There may be rough water which can challenge those with limited mobility. Launching and excursions are dependent on safe weather conditions as deemed by the Master of the Andaman Explorer and sea conditions.

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UPSTREAM ITINERARY

D1

KAWTHAUNG

Passengers embark at the border port of Kawthaung. After lunch explore the town of Kawthaung and surrounding area. Sail on evening or morning tide.

D2

NAUNG WEE ISLAND

Sail on to Naung Wee island to visit a Moken (sea gipsy) village and learn about their extraordinary water bourn life. Sail all night.

D3

SAILING THE ARCHIPELAGO

Sail all day north through the archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel and explore ashore on an island of interest.

D4

MERGUI

All day ashore to explore this fascinating colonial port city. Afternoon voluntary trip by car to the rarely visited town of Tanintharyi (Tenasserim), once capital of this region.

D5

LUN LE ISLANDS

Morning sail to Port Maria to visit the Karen communities there. Swimming and snorkeling off a desert island in the afternoon. Sail all night.

D6

LAMPI MARINE NATIONAL PARK

Visit the Lampi Marine National Park with its mangrove forests and diverse bird life including the hornbill. We go up river by kayak deep into the mangroves with excellent bird watching and return to the beach to swim or snorkel. Afternoon visit to Mokkein sea gypsy villages.

D7

COCKSCOMB ISLAND

Sail to Cockscomb Island with its limestone caves and hidden lagoon accessible only on the ship’s tenders. In the afternoon we will move round to the South Bay where we can kayak and swim off pristine white sandy beaches and watch the sun go down as cocktails are served on the beach.

D8

KAWTHAUNG

Arrive at Kawthaung in the morning and disembark for your onward journey.

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INCLUDED

    Cruise Price Includes:All excursions as stated, entrance fees, guide services (English language), main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes, crew gratuities, kayaks & snorkelling equipment.
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NOT INCLUDED

    Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues usd 195 per person, laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.
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Please Note

    – There is no credit card machine available on the Andaman Explorer due to connectivity issues. Please bring USD cash to settle your on board bill at the end of the cruise.
    – Thai citizens enter Burma visa-free but need a pre-arranged visa when visiting Mergui.
    – This expedition requires a sufficient level of fitness and agility to climb in and out of tenders from the ship and at shore. There may be rough water which can challenge those with limited mobility.
TJ

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 KAWTHAUNG

Myo Ma Jetty Kawthaung, Myanmar
At 10:00 our representative will wait for you at the border checkpoint area with a PANDAW sign in his hand.

    For passengers arriving on the flight from Yangon:
    We will pick you up from the airport in Kawthaung and transfer you to the jetty. Please advise us what time you will arrive. (flight number & arrival time).

    For passengers who stay in a hotel in Kawthaung:
    We will pick you up from your hotel between 09:00 and 09:30 and transfer you to the jetty. Please advise us what hotel you are staying in (hotel name & address).

RANONG, THAILAND:

Saphan Pla Jetty, Ranong
Take a taxi to the jetty in Ranong, from which boats leave for Kawthaung. The small jetty is hidden behind the PTT petrol station.

    Immigration
    At 09:00 our representative will wait for you at the border checkpoint area with a PANDAW sign in his hand. First you have to go through Thai Immigration & Border Control, just to your right inside the border checkpoint area. Right in front of to the emigration area is the longtail boat pier.

    Boat Ride
    Crossing the river between Thailand and Myanmar takes 30 to 45 minutes. There are two more checkpoints along the way where the driver has to show your passport to customs officers. Usually you won’t have to get off the boat.

    The longtail boats from Thailand arrive about 30-40 metres away from the Myanmar Immigration at Myo Ma Jetty. The small building on the right hand side is the Immigration office. Please note that the border opens at 08.00.

    For passengers arriving on the morning flight from Bangkok: (Nokair)
    We will pick you up from the airport in Ranong and transfer you to the jetty (30-45min). You may have to wait 1 hour 30 minutes before our representative will meet you at the jetty at 09:00. Please advise us what time you will arrive (flight number & arrival time).

    For passengers who stay in a hotel in Ranong:
    We will pick you up from your hotel between 08:00 and 08:30 and transfer you to the jetty. Please advise us what hotel you are staying in (hotel name & address).

DAY 8 KAWTHAUNG

Disembarkment after breakfast between 09:00 & 10:00.

    – Passengers with an onwards flight from Kawthaung will be brought to Myo Ma Jetty in Kawthaung and have to arrange further transport at their own cost.
    – Passengers with an onward flight from Ranong or a hotel in Ranong will be brought to Saphan Pla Jetty in Ranong, Thailand and have to arrange further transport at their own cost.
    – Please note that you can apply online for a Tourist E-Visa for arrival in Yangon or Kawthaung.

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Set Tour Packages

From
To
Standard of accommodation
Number of People (price per person)
2 Adults
10 Feb 19 17 Feb 19 Upstream RV Andaman Explorer Twin Share$7283
24 Feb 19 03 Mar 19 $6009
31 Mar 19 07 Apr 19 $6009
14 Apr 19 21 Apr 19 $6009
13 Oct 19 20 Oct 19 $6009
27 Oct 19 03 Nov 19 $6009
22 Dec 19 29 Dec 19 $6009
29 Dec 19 05 Jan 20 $6009
05 Apr 20 12 Apr 20 $6009
Prices are in NZ dollars per person, subject to availability at time of booking.

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Twin sharing aboard My Andaman Explorer

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