Burma sailing vacation, the Mergui archipelago

“Explore a corner of Burma untouched by time on a crewed yacht, sailing around its beautiful islands, snorkelling its coral reefs and encountering the shy local 'sea gypsies' who call it home.”

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Phuket | Kawthoung| Tae Yae Island | Palu Bada | 115 island | Bo Cho Island | Lampi Island | Bo Yae | Nga Manu Island | Nyaung Wee Island | Bo Yar Nyunt | Myauk Ni Island

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Burma sailing vacation, the Mergui archipelago

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

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.

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“I loved to sit on the stern of the catamaran, looking out at the water and just feeling very peaceful.”

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2019 by

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


We had such an amazing time, it's hard to pinpoint any "most" memorable thing. The views were breathtaking, everyday. The weather was awesome. Our traveling group (mostly strangers to one another) got along great. What really brought it all together and made it over-the-top amazing was the incredible
crew. LeiLei, Ye Zaw, KaKa, and Gabu were so kind, careful, considerate, informative, professional, and friendly. They work together and with the guests
like a well-oiled machine, and obviously have a great deal of respect for one another, for the responsibility of their guests, and for the beautiful
waters/islands/natives of the Mergui Archipelago.

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


The tips provided by Responsible Travel were spot-on. We didn't find ourselves wishing we had brought anything more or less. I can only suggest that travelers take Gabu's advice to heart and immerse themselves in the experience when visiting the villages.

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


Yes - absolutely.

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


This trip was unforgettable. The amazement hasn't worn off and I keep wondering if we'll ever have the opportunity to go back. We will undoubtedly look to Responsible Travel when considering another tour overseas.

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2019 by

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


No access to emails or even phone calls was heaven. Put away my watch and relied on sunrise and sunset. We have many fond memories of the incredible remote Mergui Archipelago: quiet anchorages, snorkelling in the azure waters, walking on unspoilt beaches, encountering the Moken village people and their way of life, seeing the amazing birdlife and much more.
Due to an issue we had to go ashore at Kawthoung and experienced the small town, a bar and a locals restaurant, we appeared to be the only foreigners. Would recommend that this is added into the trip.


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


MY Similie is a "sailing" catamaran not a luxury cruise, however life aboard gives you the true experience of sailing; you need to be reasonably agile but it's comfortable, safe, great fun and you can sleep under the stars if you wish.

You will be bare foot aboard and just need footwear for going ashore.

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


We purchased souvenirs and provisions in the villages so as to aid the local economy, as well as making donations to the village Buddhist temples for the monks to decide how to redistribute.

On our desert island BBQ, we helped to clear the beach of plastic waste brought in by tide and storms.


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


Thanks go to our very knowledgeable skipper Anuncio (we nicknamed him Mr Wiki), our 5*chef Gai (amazing dishes cooked on just two burners), the very attentive local guide Luis and the crew member Anju who was always at hand to help you, and of course our wonderful fellow passengers for making our sailing experience really special.. Highly recommended!

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2018 by

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


Not knowing anything about the Islands off Burma, or knowing anyone who had been, it was all very memorable our week on the catamaran. We had a fantastic skipper, Carlos, who was fun, sociable and very practical in running the boat, with his team.

The food was excellent, fresh and beautifully cooked and plenty of it! We didn't wear shoes for a week, except for visiting 2 villages, saw no planes in the sky, saw 2 other vacation boats only and swam and snorkelled twice a day. Sailed when we could..

We often were in amongst the local squid fishing boats, which were amazing at night with their coloured lights. Beautiful unspoilt beaches and remote islands, clear night skies for stargazing. Wildlife and birds and fishes. Very unspoilt! It was all fantastic.

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


We had been on this trip up to the North and a couple of days in Bangkok, all very successful, our boat trip was a perfect way to relax and enjoy outdoor space before returning back to the routine of home life. The catamaran had plenty of bedroom, luggage space, so didn't feel as clostraphobic as some single hull boats can feel. Could take your own snorkelling kit.

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


The local people seemed very welcoming and unfazed by our presence. We bought presents from their craft workshop, and where shown round one village by local girls who were being trained by volunteer Italiens. They were helping out where they could and making them aware of presence of rubbish and plastic on the shores and in the village. They were learning English to show visitors their local fruits, fish drying and way of life.

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


Exceptional, we made the most of it with lots of swimming, snorkelling, observing the islands, paddle boarding, kayaking, looking for monkeys, sea otters hornbills, kestrels, white eagles, flying fish, jumping skate, barracudas............not to mention the underwater life!

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2017 by

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


Kayaking through mangroves. Visiting fishing villages.

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


Make sure you take the required amount of crispy dollars - old ones are not accepted.

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


Of marginal benefit only - but did nothing to harm environment - unlike the fishing industry, the scale of which beggars belief.

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


Excellent. Saw places few westerners have ever seen. Great climate. wonderful swimming. First class skipper and crew.

Reviewed on 01 Feb 2017 by

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


There were many! Just being on a boat for a week was great.

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


Just relax and enjoy.

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


Yes. The crew was very careful to have as little impact on the enviroment
as possible. The team leader was very informed about conservation
issues.

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


Very good!

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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