Burma (also known as Myanmar) is edged with a tropical coast that gives way to a myriad of beautiful islands. For almost 50 years following Burma’s independence, the 800 isles of the Mergui archipelago were off-limits to the outside world. Paired with southern Thailand’s untrodden shores or the sparsely visited Andamans, these South East Asian gems are ripe for exploration.
Sailing in the Andaman Sea reveals a sequin trail of pure white beaches sloping to turquoise water and coral reefs. The landscape is characterised by jungle-clad hills, lagoons, rivers and mangroves. Wildlife thrives, with gibbons and civet cats inhabiting the forests alongside a plethora of birds.
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A forgotten wilderness cast off the coast of Burma, the Mergui archipelago is sometimes dubbed “the lost world” and not without reason. Largely inaccessible without a boat, this string of 800 mostly uninhabited tropical islands in boasts natural wonders, endemic wildlife and interesting culture alike.
The distinctive landscape is characterised by jungle-clad hills, lagoons, rivers and mangroves, and the local Moken people carve a nomadic lifestyle here. Wildlife roams the forests and birds thrive in this remote Eden.
The Andaman Islands are made up of over 550 isles, islets and rocks, situated in the south eastern part of the Bay of Bengal, approximately 800 km northwest of Phuket. These islands remain isolated and only 26 are actually uninhabited.
Some are strictly out-of-bounds, where indigenous tribes are among the last to remain untouched by the modern world. Notable for deserted beaches, crystal clear waters, inland forests, and India’s only active volcano, the Andaman Islands are also a scuba diver’s paradise.
From the bustling shores of Phuket, where coconut plantations meet glitzy marinas, to a treasure chest of jewel-like islands dotted across the Andaman Sea, Southern Thailand provides a tropical getaway that is worthy of its popularity.
These isles include the Similan Islands, the Surin Islands and the southerly isles of Koh Racha, Koh Rok and Koh Muk, blending low-key beach culture with hidden coves. Far from the busy main coast, Thailand’s southern islands’ underwater geography attracts all manner of marine life.
The islands of the Andaman Sea are best visited between November and April, when our private charter yachts spend the winter months cruising with favourable weather, winds and currents.
There are several airports to choose from when travelling to the Mergui archipelago. Shorter Mergui itineraries begin and end at Kawthaung, while a longer itinerary may begin or end in Phuket. Kawthaung is connected to a number of domestic airports in Burma, alternatively guests can fly into Ranong just across the Thai border. From Phuket in Thailand, we can also arrange 4-hour transfers to Kawthaung.