YANGON AND MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO
Yangon and Mergui Archipelago is an example of a short itinerary that takes us to an unspoilt and fascinating area of Myanmar, where granite and limestone islands covered with palm trees and mangroves hide an incredible natural biodiversity.
Along Myanmar’s south-west coast, the Mergui Archipelago stretches over 400 kilometres with over 800 almost uninhabited islands, where lifestyles and ancient traditions seem to stand still in time.
Visit Myeik, one of Myanmar’s largest fishing industries with a strategic role in the economy for over 500 years.
Explore Southeast Asia’s most fascinating islands on board a local boat.
This suggested itinerary can be customised according to your travel needs as well as combined with other routes.
Length : 4D 3N
From : YANGON
Destinations : Yangon, Myeik, Mergui archipelago
01. ARRIVE IN YANGON - CITY TOUR
Welcome meeting by our staff upon arrival in Yangon and transfer to the hotel. Afterwards we start our tour with the most important attractions.
We visit Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple, known for its 72 meters long reclining Buddha statue, one of the largest in Myanmar.
In the afternoon we continue to the Kandawgyi Park, from where we enjoy a stunning view of the Karaweik barge, the sumptuous palace built in the 70s on a royal barge.
The day ends with the visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred in Myanmar. The massive bell of the stupa is gold-plated while the very top is tipped with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topazes. An absolute must-see and the best spot to start this incredible journey to Myanmar.
Included : Private pick up from them airport, tour guide, tickets, private transportation and hotel
Strand Road – Myeik
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Myeik, one of the largest fishing industries in Myanmar with a strategic role in the economy for over 500 years. Everything needed for the fishing industry is produced here. Once known simply as Mergui, Myeik is home to several buildings dating back to the British colonial period.
We visit a factory where wooden boats are still made according to traditional methods. At the end we visit a workshop specialised in processing “soft-shell crabs”, one of the most exported products.
In the afternoon we continue our visits to the colonial district of Myeik. The most significant street is Strand Road, on the waterfront, where most of the economic activity is focused, where the night market takes place, and where we find the main restaurants with a vibrant atmosphere.
At the end of the day, we have two options:
– excursion on board of a long tail boat to the Pathaw Pathet island and hike to the top of the hill to watch the incredible 360˚ view of the city and the islands of the archipelago.
– walk into town to Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda to immerse ourselves in the everyday lifestyle.
Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, domestic flight, tickets and private transportation
03. BOAT TRIP MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO
Kyail Laik Island
We spend the day on a boat trip exploring some of the islands of the Mergui Archipelago, snorkelling in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, relaxing on the beautiful beaches and trekking through the jungle.
There are many possible itineraries. Here below are listed a few options that can be combined and customised.
OPTION 1 : Dana Theik Di Island and Chester Islands (Kyal Laik)
At 8.00 am we embark at Myeik jetty and sail to Dana Theik Di Island (approx. 3h). The island is known for its rock formations and incredible seabed, perfect for snorkelling. Trekking enthusiasts can enjoy a short hike through the jungle.
Afterwards we transfer to Chester Island, also known as ‘Kyal Laik Island‘, famous for its seabed, beautiful corals and colourful marine life.
At 3pm we return to Myeik (approx. 2h).
OPTION 2 : Moken village in Dome Palae Aw, Thayaw Thahan Kyi Island and Smart Island
At 8.00 am we embark at Myeik pier for the transfer to Moken village at Dome Palae Aw (about 3h).
At the end of the visit we move on to Tayaw Thahan Kyi Island for lunch and to relax on the beach. Afterwards we go on to Smart Island for snorkelling.
At 3pm we head back to Myeik (approx. 2h).
OPTION 3 : Fishing villages, Tha Mee Island and Marcus island (Harris Island)
At 8.00 am we embark at Myeik pier for the transfer to the fishing village: an authentic experience to learn about the ancient fishing traditions of this area.
Afterwards we continue to Tha Mee Island to relax on the small beach and at the waterfall. Then we go on to Marcus Island, known for its beautiful white sandy beaches.
At 3pm we return to Myeik.
OPTION 4 : Dome Waterfall, Moken Dome Nyaung Mai Village and Smart Island
At 8:00 am we embark at Myeik Pier for the transfer to the Dome Waterfall. We then go on to Moken Dome Nyaung Mai village where we meet the locals and watch their daily lifestyle.
After lunch we continue to Smart Island for snorkelling.
At 3pm we return to Myeik (approx. 2h).
OPTION 5 : Fishing villages, Tha Mee Hla Island, Bird’s Nest Rock and Jack Fruit Island
At 8.00 a.m. we embark at the pier of Myeik for the transfer to the fishing village: an authentic experience to learn about the ancient fishing traditions, the methods of conservation of fish, and the peculiar lifestyle that has guaranteed the survival of this ethnic group also known as “Sea Gipsy” for centuries.
We then visit Mee Tha Hla Island and Jack Fruit Island.
At 2.30 pm we return to Myeik (approx. 2h30).
OPTION 6 : Fishing village, Mergui Island, excursions and local villages
At 8am we embark at Myeik pier for the transfer to the fishing village: an authentic experience to learn about the ancient fishing traditions of the Moken ethnic group.
We continue to the Moken village, another fishing village with different styles of fishing and survival. Next we hike into the jungle, which is rich in flora and fauna, passing through hillside villages to Phyan Aw Beach. After lunch we continue to Thel Dan Kyi Beach.
At 3.30pm we return to Myeik (approx. 1h30).
*For any option: after the boat excursion, transfer to the hotel in Myeik.
Included : Hotel, breakfast, lunch, tour guide, tickets and private transportation
04. YANGON - DEPARTURE
In the morning transfer to Myeik airport in time for the domestic flight to Yangon.
Included : Breakfast, domestic flight and private transfer to the airport
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