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Burma Coastal Voyage

This season's cruising in the Mergui Archipelago on our classic 1960s motor yacht has been a terrific success with many a first and some quite extraordinary discoveries in this rarely visited coast, with its thousand islands and diverse marine life.

In view of this success we have decided to extend the duration and distance of selected future voyages to cover the entire distance between Rangoon and Kawthaung. These voyages 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, and 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.

Please note: Passengers will be required to climb in and out of Zodiac type tenders and up and down steep steps so must be reasonably fit and mobile.

08 March, 2019 to 18 March, 2019 Make a booking request for Burma Coastal Voyage, departing on 08 March, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 4218 GBP pp (+ Port charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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20 March, 2019 to 30 March, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Burma Coastal Voyage, departing on 20 March, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 4218 GBP pp (+ Port charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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21 April, 2019 to 01 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Burma Coastal Voyage, departing on 21 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 4218 GBP pp (+ Port charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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02 October, 2019 to 12 October, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Burma Coastal Voyage, departing on 02 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 4218 GBP pp (+ Port charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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05 November, 2019 to 15 November, 2019 Make a booking request for Burma Coastal Voyage, departing on 05 November, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 4218 GBP pp (+ Port charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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17 November, 2019 to 27 November, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Burma Coastal Voyage, departing on 17 November, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 4218 GBP pp (+ Port charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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11 January, 2020 to 21 January, 2020 Make a booking request for Burma Coastal Voyage, departing on 11 January, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 4218 GBP pp (+ Port charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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22 January, 2020 to 01 February, 2020 (reverse) Make a booking request for Burma Coastal Voyage, departing on 22 January, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 4218 GBP pp (+ Port charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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Burma Coastal Voyage itinerary:

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DAY 1 KAWTHAUNG
Embark at Kawthaung for lunch and explore this bustling port city in the afternoon.
DAY 2 COXCOMBE ISLAND
Sail on the morning tide for Coxcombe Island to explore the secret lagoon, timing and entry, by swimming or by kayak, depends on a low tide.
DAY 3 PHI LAR ISLAND
Sail the Loughborough Passage where dolphin sightings are common and 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 4 TANN SHEY ISLAND
Visit Tann Shey Island, forming the main part of Lampi marine national park, and explore the mangroves by kayak where you may see wild monkeys.
DAY 5 CRUISING THE ARCHIPELAGO
A day cruising through the Archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel.
DAY 6 BAILEY ISLAND
Sail to Bailey Island for spectacular snorkelling or swimming in this most lovely of bays. Afternoon 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 the Yangon government. 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.
DAY 7 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 8 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 9 CRUISING
Cruising all day with an island stop to swim and explore ashore.
DAY 10 MOULMEIN
Moor downstream from Moulmein 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 (Mawlamyaing) 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. Night sail to Rangoon.
DAY 11 RANGOON
Sail up the Rangoon River and arrive at the old city port by noon for disembarkation.
Please Note:
This itinerary is indicational only and subject to change depending on weather, tide and the logistical decisions of the ship's master.

Burma Coastal Voyage reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
This itinerary is indicational only and subject to change depending on weather, tide and the logistical decisions of the ship's master.
Sail up the Rangoon River and arrive at the old city port by noon for disembarkation.
Moor downstream from Moulmein 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 (Mawlamyaing) 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. Night sail to Rangoon.
Cruising all day with an island stop to swim and explore ashore.
Anchor in the mouth of the Tavoy (Dawei) creek and continue to visit this little known but once important town by tender.
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.
Sail to Bailey Island for spectacular snorkelling or swimming in this most lovely of bays. Afternoon 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 the Yangon government. 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.
A day cruising through the Archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel.
Visit Tann Shey Island, forming the main part of Lampi marine national park, and explore the mangroves by kayak where you may see wild monkeys.
Sail the Loughborough Passage where dolphin sightings are common and 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.
Sail on the morning tide for Coxcombe Island to explore the secret lagoon, timing and entry, by swimming or by kayak, depends on a low tide.
Embark at Kawthaung for lunch and explore this bustling port city in the afternoon.
* = Indicative
Map for Burma Coastal Voyage
Andaman Explorer, the ship servicing Burma Coastal Voyage

Andaman Explorer

The Andaman Explorer was built as the MV Atlantic Guard in 1963 in Norway as a Norwegian coast guard vessel. She is 61 meters long with her original Rolls Royce engines. The hull is built to 'ice class' with extra thick plates and she has the power to withstand north Atlantic storms or chases out to sea. Very handy when cruising in tropical waters!

She retired from coast guard duties in 1998 and was acquired by one Doctor Bogazzi, an Italian oligarch whose family owns the Carrara marble quarries. Dr Bogazzi lavished many a million on the ship, now renamed the MY Marina, completely refitting her with eleven very generous suites. Much of the ship is floored with Carrara marble, pleasantly cool under foot for those who go unshod.

In recent times she has belonged to a powerful shipping family based in Dubai who maintained the ship to a very high standard.

The Andaman Explorer really is a sixties classic. The sort of plaything associated with Onassis, Jackie Kennedy and more glamorous times. There could be no vessel more appropriate for the exploration of South-East Asia's unknown coasts.

Cabin layout for Andaman Explorer
• Discover Coxcombe Island to explore the secret lagoon

• Sail the Loughborough Passage where dolphin sightings are common and stop to visit a Mokkein sea gypsy village

• Visit Lampi Marine National Park

• Sail to Bailey Island for spectacular snorkelling or swimming
Enquire now about Burma Coastal Voyage

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