Seakayaking in Burma: Paddling Adventure Tours to Burma (Myanmar).
Seakayaking in Burma: paddling adventure tours to Mergui in Burma with South East Asia Liveaboards in Phuket, Thailand.

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6 Days / 6 Nights

Departure: Fri 08.30 am from Phuket.
Return: Thu 04.00 pm to Phuket or Airport.

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Seakayaking Adventure Safaris to Burma
6 Days/ 6 Nights

Click here for our Seakayaking Schedule 2000-2001 or for a gallery with Seakayaking Impressions (both open in pop-up windows).

"This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about" Click here to read press coverage on the liveaboards and adventure cruises of South East Asia Liveaboards.Rudyard Kipling - Letters from the Far East 1898

The Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Myanmar) is an area totally untouched by modern development, with a rich history of maritime trade, mysticism and piracy.

The modern-day Mergui Archipelago is as it was in days gone by, bar the piracy! Click here to visit the Photo Gallery of South East Asia Liveaboards. Due to the archipelago's virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna.  Parrots, hornbills, sea eagles, brahminy kites and herons fill the skies, whilst on land the animal population includes elephants, monkeys, deer, wild pigs, tigers and rhinoceros.

The only human inhabitants in the area are the sea gypsies, a nomadic sea-faring race whose lifestyle has changed very little over the years, they have been the sole inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago over the years and still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques used for generations.

The sense of isolation from the modern world is overpowering in the archipelago. This magnificent wilderness is one of the world's natural treasures.

Trip Features:

  • Remote tropical islands, guided sea and river exploration
  • Top quality safari-style camp accommodation.  Main tent is 60 x 40 ft. on poles with roll-up/down sides. The main tent has a teak dining table and chairs for 10 people, taking up half the area; the other half is laid out with bamboo matting on the floor with comfortable Thai style cushions for relaxing with books and entertainment center.
  • Viewing platform built in the crook of a Strangler Fig tree, 20 meters high in the jungle canopy - watch monkey families leaping in the trees, beautiful hornbills, flying foxes, jungle squirrels and fruit bats - and plenty more!
  • 2 shower tents.
  • 2 toilet tents (flush toilets)
  • Kitchen tent
  • Sleeping tents for guests and support crew.
  • Single and double sit-on-top Ocean Kayak - no need to learn the Eskimo roll!
  • Support vessel: 9 m. powerboat
  • Support crew of 8, with hostess, skipper, guides, cook and porters
  • Group sizes, up to 10
  • All skill levels and ages welcome, no experience required.

Recently, our Burma adventure tours have been featured in the TV Series "Travel Asia and Beyond".

Typical Itinerary:

Check in at SEAL's office in Phuket at 8.00 am for 9.00 am departure by air-conditioned minibus, arriving in Ranong approx. 2.30 pm, stopping en route for lunch. Check out at Immigration (Ranong) then cross the Pakchan River (Thai/Burma border) to Kawthoung, sight-seeing for one hour.
Board our support vessel ‘SEAL 1' for fast transfer to our Kayak Safari ‘Base Camp on Pu Nala. You will be met by our Camp Hostess on arrival and settled into a comfortable and relaxing tropical camp environment. Dinner and drinks will be served.
After breakfast, general briefing and basic kayak training before visiting the sea gypsy village to experience this unique culture and way of life. After lunch we paddle to camp #1 on the west side of Lampi Islands and spend the evening relaxing around the camp fire.
Early morning start; paddle and explore a fascinating mangrove river (dependent on tide).
Following a lunchtime beach barbecue and swim, we paddle on to camp #2 for evening cocktails and Thai seafood dinner.
Spend the morning snorkeling and exploring the nearby islands and coral reefs. After a lunchtime rendezvous we will take you trekking through the tropical rainforest to our evening campsite, showing you the secrets of the forest en route.
Enjoy a late afternoon swim before sundowner cocktails are served.
An exhilarating early morning paddle across to Salet Galet, a fascinating area, which you can explore at your leisure. Relax in the afternoon before dinner, after which comes a moonlight paddle in the sheltered waters of this unique area.
Relaxing paddle around the south coast of Wa-Ale Khun to a stunning white sandy beach for a picnic lunch.
In the afternoon you are free to explore the island or relax on the beach and get ready for the evening's seafood and cocktail extravaganza.
Early morning breakfast in camp. Transfer back to Kawthoung by ‘SEAL 1 (approximately 90 minutes).
On arrival, complete Immigration formalities, then transfer back to Ranong by longtail where our mini-bus will be waiting to take guests back to Phuket. Arrival time about 4.00 pm.

Pls. note: The itinerary can be adapted daily to individual or group requirements. Passengers can fly direct to Ranong from Bangkok, thus avoiding the mini-bus journey. Bangkok Airways now have daily flights from Bangkok to Ranong (flight departs in Bangkok at 08:20 am, arriving in Ranong at 09:40 am). Pickup at the Royal Princess Hotel Ranong at 03:15 pm.

Cancellation Clause:
If circumstances should arise such as political unrest, fighting on the Thai/Burma border, flight cancellations or any other risk to customers or vessels, South East Asia Liveaboards Co Ltd reserves the right to cancel the trip. If this should be the case, we would re-route the trip to another destination at no extra cost to customers.

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