With over 800 idyllic islands to choose from, the Mergui Archipelago in southernmost Myanmar has something to offer guests of all ages. Tropical rainforests for exploration and bird watching, white sand beaches for sunbathing and picnic lunches, extensive coral reefs for snorkeling and diving.
Swim with turtles and mantra rays, look out for monkeys, wild boars and deer on the larger islands, or simply relax and soak up the natural beauty of these untouched islands.
Much of this remote archipelago remains unexplored by anyone apart from the nomadic Moken, the local sea gypsies who can be seen going about their daily lives as they have done for generations.
Arrive at Phuket International airport in Thailand where after a 20
minute transfer by private vehicle you will be taken by tender to board Lamima. Once onboard, settle into your cabin, relax on the sundeck or enjoy some of the watersports available before we set sail for an overnight cruise to Myanmar.
Enjoy your first morning aboard Lamima with a leisurely breakfast whilst we clear immigration. Once formalities have been completed, continue to our first destination in the Mergui Archipelago. Drop anchor for the night and take the tender to a nearby deserted island where the crew have set up camp on the beach and are ready to serve dinner and drinks under the stars.
Raise anchor and set sail for Lanbi Kyun looking out for Moken Sea Gypsies along the way. These local inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago live a very simple way of life in small floating
communities and are renowned for their friendliness. Head ashore Lanbi Kyun, a densely forested island which offers excellent opportunities to observe local flora and fauna and the great chance to see Barking Deer!
The next day we sail to Kyun Pila, an island paradise covered with thick rainforest and home to noisy hornbills. Explore some of the many secluded bays on a paddleboard or simply relax on your very own private beach while the crew prepare a barbeque lunch.
Afterwards, laze in the shade of the rainforest canopy or take to the crystal clear waters on Lamima’s jetskis.
In the morning cruise to the jungle covered island of Lord Loughborough where there are some great sites to catch a glimpse of manta rays while diving or snorkeling. In the afternoon, there will be an opportunity to visit a nearby fishing village to enjoy a friendly introduction to the locals and to learn about the traditional boat
building techniques that are still practiced today.
Sail to MacLeod Island and head ashore to explore some of the rainforest trails laid down across the island. Macleod is renowned for its excellent birdwatching and abundance of tropical plants and a climb to the island’s highest peak offers spectacular panoramic views.
Explore the coastal caves and mangroves by sea kayak or dive among barracuda and trevally while the crew set up camp on the beach.
After an early morning cruise to Kawthaung to clear immigration in preparation for our departure from Myanmar’s waters, we continue
to the Zadetkalay Islands where you can spend the day swimming in the crystal clear waters and relaxing on deserted white sand beaches.
For something a bit more energetic, you can explore the area by paddleboard or even a jukung, one of Lamima’s traditional dugout canoes.
After an overnight sailing back to Thailand, enjoy your final breakfast on board Lamima before transferring back to the Phuket by tender
and onward by private vehicle to Phuket International Airport to check in for your onward flight.
Some of the locations you will visit on your trip to Mergui archipelago
Just a few photos that capture the essence of what you will experience crusing around Phuket and Mergui National Park