Seakayaking Adventure Safaris to Burma
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! 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.
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|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.
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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