Pandaw adds extended cruise of Myanmar’s coast

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en-day option now available for the Mergui Archipelago cruise.

Pandaw River Expeditions has developed an extended cruise of Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago after receiving positive response to the original seven-night version of the itinerary – its first ocean cruise – launched in November 2017.

Onboard the Andaman Explorer, the 10-night Burma Coastal Voyage will depart from Yangon, providing greater ease for guests who previously had to take a flight to the town of Kawthaung to embark the ship. Once in the Mergui Archipelago, the new itinerary will visit a number of islands not included in the seven-night sailing.

For the southbound route, passengers will embark in Yangon and sail down the Yangon River to cruise out to sea. On day two, the Andaman Explorer will moor in the estuary at Kaikkame and passengers will travel by car to Thanbyuzayat to visit the war graves and to explore Mawlamyine, a colonial outpost annexed by the British in 1824. The ship will cruise all day on day three, with an island stop for guests to swim and explore ashore, while day four will see the ship anchor in the mouth of the Dawei creek.

The Andaman Explorer will on day five anchor off Myeik, allowing passengers to spend a full day exploring the architectural marvels of the old British port town. Day six starts with a morning visit to Port Maria in Lun Lun Island, populated by Karen people, before sailing to Bailey Island for snorkelling or swimming. On day seven, the ship will cruise through the archipelago and make a stop for guests to swim and snorkel.

Passengers will visit Tann Shey Island on day eight, which forms the main part of Lampi marine national park, to explore the mangroves by kayak and spot wild monkeys. On day nine, the Andaman Explorer will sail the Loughborough Passage, where dolphin sightings are common, and stop to visit a Mokkein sea gypsy village on Phi Lar Island.

And on the final day, the ship will moor off Coxcombe Island to explore the secret lagoon by swimming or by kayak. Andaman Explorer will then continue to Kawthaung, the bustling port city where the cruise ends. After an evening discovering the city and a last night onboard, passengers will transfer to Kawthaung Airport for flights to meet their onward connections.

The Andaman Explorer features 10 suites, with separate sitting room area and private bathrooms.

Prices for the Burma Coastal Voyage start from US$4,450 per person, based on twin occupancy and US$6,350 for single occupancy. This includes 10 nights on Andaman Explorer, local transfers, all excursions stated, entrance fees, guide services (English language), main meals, jugged coffee, selection of teas and tisanes, local soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, mineral water, crew gratuities, kayaks & snorkelling equipment.

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