Burma sailing vacation, the Mergui archipelago

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your vacation not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are traveling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are traveling through. All solo travelers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travelers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Burma sailing vacation, the Mergui archipelago

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world through which we are journeying, this is our commitment as a global tour operator.

This unique sailing itinerary around Burma takes places on a modern, 53 foot, eight berth catamaran. As the only operator currently offering this type of skippered itinerary in this region we are very aware of our responsibilities to both the communities which we encounter and to the fragile marine environment which we are exploring.

Traveling with just eight passengers, a skipper and cook, our small group is able to explore some of the regions’ 800 islands with very little environmental impact, sailing between islands harnessing the natural power of the wind to travel from A to B. Vast swathes of white sand beaches and prolific underwater life make this journey off the established tourist track and into the pristine Myeik archipelago a rare treat.

The skipper will be in charge of the vessel at all times and he will instruct all travelers on when and where to swim from the boat, both from a safety perspective of the passengers and also to best preserve the aquatic environment. The sea life you’ll encounter is stunning, from swimming with shoals of colourful fish, to spotting whale sharks at Palu Bada, to snorkelling with turtles near Ba Wei Island. All travelers must adhere to the skipper’s instructions to preserve their own safety and that of the marine life.

Although primarily a sea based trip, when on land, the group will be encouraged to eat local and buy local. Exploring the food stalls and local restaurants in Ranong is great introduction to local life before we depart for the islands, as well as a valuable way to support the local economy. The food prepared during the trip will all have been sourced locally in Ranong and supplies topped up at stops along the way.

You will visit the island village of Ma Kyone Galet to get an insight into the local way of life and meet a local community of Moken or ‘sea gypsies’ near Bo Cho Island. This local interaction although not frequent in this remote archipelago reinforces the value of traditional skills to younger members of the communities, as well as being a fascinating insight into a very different way of life for our travelers.

As a company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. We run and support a variety of projects globally, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

Reviews of Burma sailing vacation, the Mergui archipelago

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Enjoying the un-touched part of Myanmar, which otherwise I would not be able to see had I not been on a sailboat. The hornbills, fresh oysters and the bonfire on the beach. It's been a great tour also because of the local knowledge Mike has about the Myanmar waters. I felt very privileged to have joined the tour, especially in a location rarely travelled.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Keep an open mind, and just enjoy the sailing, seeing new things and meeting great people. Don't let e.g. no aircon in the rooms turn you off. It's a trip that really worth joining.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the experience on the sailboat where you're living with almost minimum to what you need has already been a start to prompt most of us to think through how much we really need. and then we've visited a local village, where one of the NGO is doing a waste management program there.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent! All the good things and beautiful scenery aside, it's sometimes good to just be cut off from mobile phones and facebook for a little while, and really make conversations with people you've met on the tour.

Reviewed on 01 Mar 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Sailing amongst beautiful Islands

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take lots of sun cream and also any old shirts shorts etc to give to Moekan villagers and seas gypsies.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We visited a local village and were able to buy things in the village so bringing some extra income to them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A beautiful relaxing trip.

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