Pandaw Cruise – Burma Coastal Voyage

The 10 night Burma Coastal Voyage will cruise the entire distance between Rangoon and Kawthaung on board a classic 1960’s motor yacht. This cruise will include exciting stops at the old coastal ports of Moulmein, Mergui and Tavoy. In addition, we will explore several little known islands with opportunities to snorkel or kayak up rivers into the mangrove forests.

We have now fully recce’d these lively coastal ports, so evocative of Kipling, Maugham and Collis. Find them full of architectural interest, whether colonial or Buddhist.

Likewise we have identified key islands, some with communities of Baptist Karens loyal to the KNU, others with the Mokkein sea gypsies who speak a strange sort of Malay. But the majority are totally deserted with pristine white beaches, coral and diverse bird and sea life, not to mention the odd reptile like giant monitor lizards.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant for availability, latest offers, pre and post cruise touring options and flights.

Day 1: Rangoon

Embark in Rangoon for lunch and set sail in afternoon down the Rangoon River and out to sea for the 90nm crossing to Moulmein (Mawlamyaing).

Day 2: Thanbyuzayat

Moor in the estuary at Kaikkame and transfer ashore to travel by car to Thanbyuzayat to visit the war graves there and then on to Moulmein for lunch and the day exploring this important colonial outpost that was annexed by the British in 1824. Visit old colonial churches and a splendid wood-carved royal monastery on the hill.

Day 3: Cruising

Cruising all day with an island stop to swim and explore ashore.

Day 4: Tavoy (Dawei) Creek

Anchor in the mouth of the Tavoy (Dawei) creek and continue to visit this little known but once important town by tender.

Day 5: Myeik

Anchor off Mergui (Myeik) for a full day exploring the many architectural marvels of this old British port town. Visit the house of the author Maurice Collis which is in fact on the site of the house of Siamese White, the 17th century English pirate who came to be governor of the province for the King of Siam.

Day 6: Lun Lun Island

Morning visit Port Maria in Lun Lun Island. This populated island is Karen and the KNU flag flies above each door and the local government is run by the KNU not Yangon. The Baptist Karens are very welcoming and keen to show their church. We also explore by tender or kayak the system of bays and creeks reaching inland from Port Maia. Afternoon sail to Bailey Island for spectacular snorkelling or swimming in this most lovely of bays.

Day 7: Cruising The Archipelago

A day cruising through the Archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel.

Day 8: Tann Shey Island

Visit Tann Shey Island, forming the main part of Lampi marine national park. Explore the mangroves by kayak where you may see wild monkeys.

Day 9: Phi Lar Island

Sail the Loughborough Passage where dolphin sightings are common. Stop to visit a Mokkein sea gypsy village on Phi Lar Island. This is a great place to buy giant lobsters that we serve fresh at dinner.

Day 10: Coxcombe Island

Moor off Coxcombe Island to explore the secret lagoon, by swimming or kayak, depending on a low tide. Continue to Kawthaung, entry here depends on a mid to high tide but hopefully allowing an afternoon or evening walk about this bustling port city.

Day 11: Kawthaung

Disembark at Kawthaung for transfer to Kawthaung Airport for your departuare flight.

Meals: All meals & locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.
Accommodation:10 nights on-board the Pandaw Cruise
Equipment:Kayaks & snorkelling equipment
Guide: English Speaking Guide
Gratuities: Gratuities to crew on board the Pandaw Cruise
Entrance Fees & Touring: Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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