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Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma (Andaman Explorer)

Explore all of Southern Burma with a loop round the Great Irrawaddy Delta on a Pandaw and then fly down to Kawthaung, the country's southern most tip, to sail back up to Rangoon on the glamorous Andaman Explorer. This is a real opportunity to see these rarely visited regions that are full of cultural and scenic interest.

22 January, 2020 to 09 February, 2020 Make a booking request for Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma (Andaman Explorer), 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 £ 4985 GBP pp (+ Port taxes. From 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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Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma (Andaman Explorer) itinerary:

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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, and 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 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 10 COXCOMBE ISLAND
Moor off Coxcombe Island to explore the secret lagoon, timing and entry, by swimming or by kayak, depend 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 and transfer to Kawthaung Airport for domestic flights Rangoon and transfer to your delta ship. Dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 12 RANGOON TO PYAPON
Early morning departure from Rangoon via the Twante Canal stopping at Twante to view the potteries and on to Pyapon (64miles) a delightful delta town and seaport with lively docks and markets.
DAY 13 PYAPON TO BOGALE
Bogale is at the heart of the delta and once a Mon capital and trading port connected to international trading routes between the 15th and 18th centuries. We hope to visit the Mein Ma Hla Kyun Wildlife Reserve, an island of just under one hundred square miles classified as a mangrove eco system reserve and home to salt water crocodiles.
DAY 14 BOGALE TO MYAUNGMYA
This will be the most fascinating day’s sailing as we weave through creeks and channels cross-country across the heart of the delta. We will stop for a walk about in a suitable village.
DAY 15 MYAUNGMYA TO BASSEIN
Morning cruise across the final section of delta to join the great Bassein River that takes us up to Bassein, the capital of the delta and an important seaport too. Of interest here are the traditional umbrella manufacturies, where the typical monk’s waxed cloth umbrellas are made. On foot we will explore the town, its shrines and vibrant markets.
DAY 16 BASSEIN
Morning cruise across the final section of delta to join the great Bassein River that takes us up to Bassein, the capital of the delta and an important seaport too. Of interest here are the traditional umbrella manufacturies, where the typical monk’s waxed cloth umbrellas are made. On foot we will explore the town, its shrines and vibrant markets.
DAY 17 BASSEIN TO WAKEMA
Noon departure with lunch to follow, taking the more usual upper delta route of the old IFC ‘launch service’ between Rangoon and Bassein. Evening exploration of this attractive river port.
DAY 18 WAKEMA TO MAUBIN
On these busier channels there will be a variety of shipping whilst the riverbanks team with life and activity. Maubin is a very pleasant place to enjoy a sunset walk along its colourful strand.
DAY 19 MAUBIN TO RANGOON
Morning run crossing the Twante Canal and home to the Rangoon River and our berth in colonial downtown and disembarkation between 12 and 12.30 pm (lunch excluded).
Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma (Andaman Explorer) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Itineraries are subject to change.
Morning run crossing the Twante Canal and home to the Rangoon River and our berth in colonial downtown and disembarkation between 12 and 12.30 pm (lunch excluded).
On these busier channels there will be a variety of shipping whilst the riverbanks team with life and activity. Maubin is a very pleasant place to enjoy a sunset walk along its colourful strand.
Noon departure with lunch to follow, taking the more usual upper delta route of the old IFC ‘launch service’ between Rangoon and Bassein. Evening exploration of this attractive river port.
Morning cruise across the final section of delta to join the great Bassein River that takes us up to Bassein, the capital of the delta and an important seaport too. Of interest here are the traditional umbrella manufacturies, where the typical monk’s waxed cloth umbrellas are made. On foot we will explore the town, its shrines and vibrant markets.
Morning cruise across the final section of delta to join the great Bassein River that takes us up to Bassein, the capital of the delta and an important seaport too. Of interest here are the traditional umbrella manufacturies, where the typical monk’s waxed cloth umbrellas are made. On foot we will explore the town, its shrines and vibrant markets.
This will be the most fascinating day’s sailing as we weave through creeks and channels cross-country across the heart of the delta. We will stop for a walk about in a suitable village.
Bogale is at the heart of the delta and once a Mon capital and trading port connected to international trading routes between the 15th and 18th centuries. We hope to visit the Mein Ma Hla Kyun Wildlife Reserve, an island of just under one hundred square miles classified as a mangrove eco system reserve and home to salt water crocodiles.
Early morning departure from Rangoon via the Twante Canal stopping at Twante to view the potteries and on to Pyapon (64miles) a delightful delta town and seaport with lively docks and markets.
Disembark at Kawthaung and transfer to Kawthaung Airport for domestic flights Rangoon and transfer to your delta ship. Dinner and overnight on board.
Moor off Coxcombe Island to explore the secret lagoon, timing and entry, by swimming or by kayak, depend 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.
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.
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.
A day cruising through the Archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel.
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.
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.
Anchor in the mouth of the Tavoy (Dawei) creek and continue to visit this little known but once important town by tender.
Cruising all day with an island stop to swim and explore ashore.
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.
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).
* = Indicative
Map for Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma (Andaman Explorer)
Andaman Explorer, the ship servicing Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma (Andaman Explorer)

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
• Anchor off Mergui (Myeik) for a full day exploring the many architectural marvels of this old British port town.

• 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.
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