Book a cabin or charter the whole yacht for a sailing trip aboard one of our classic yachts!
Experience 800 remote islands, a national park, white beaches and indigenous people who roam the archipelago in dug out canoes.
Be one of the first to explore an untouched world!
Think white beaches lined with palm trees and dense jungle. Think swimming in azure water amongst colourful reef fish, spotting corals, and collecting seashells. Now, picture eagles circling above, gibbons and monitor lizards eyeing you from the thickets, while a sundowner is being mixed for you on board the yacht. And best of all: you have this entire experience to yourself. You can sail for days on end and meet not a soul but the odd fisherman
in a dugout canoe.
Visit Mokan, the nomadic Sea Gypsies
The traditional inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago are the Moken, a people who live off, and on, the sea.
Sometimes called “sea-gypsies”, this ethnic minority group leads a traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle, dominated by diving for sea cucumbers, fishing and bartering.
A paradise all for yourself
Explore tropical forests, hiking through valleys and up hills, walk along kilometres of beach with the only foot prints those behind you, kayak through enchanted mangroves, swim, snorkel, and go fishing: you’ve
got it all. The Mergui Archipelago is teeming with wildlife.
Due to government neglect and the region’s long isolation, its 800 plus islands have remained virtually untouched. They are composed of limestone and granite and vary in size from tiny to islands larger than Singapore.
Most of them (we have yet to find one that isn’t) are covered in thick jungle growth, which drops into azure waters, interrupted only by beaches, rocky headlands, tidal rivers, and mangrove forests. Lampi, one the largest islands, is part national park and home to some of the planet’s oldest mangrove forests.
Cruise in style on a classic sailing yacht. Immerse yourself in a world of serenity and natural beauty that few people have ever visited.
White sand, emerald jungle and not a soul in sight. You could spend weeks discovering new beaches every day. Which one’s your favourite?
Discover and Explore
Travel back to the age of discovery. Sail amongst hundreds of jungle-covered islands. Meet the Moken sea nomads.
Play with the Wind
You are on a sailing yacht. You live and move with the wind, the tides and the currents. Enjoy the age-old spirit of life at sea.
Get spoilt with three multi-course meals a day by your dedicated chef. We specialise in Thai cuisine but do let us know your preferences!
Swim and snorkel to your heart’s content – you are surrounded by your private pool. Or book a private dive charter to explore the best underwater spots.
Sailing Yacht Meta IV
Sailing Yacht Meta IV Meta IV was designed by the naval architect Thomas E. Colvin, who gave the vessel her beautiful shape and robust hull. She is made entirely of Thai teak, one of the best woods for building classic boats.
Details: Length – 85 ft, 4 guest cabins with ensuite bathrooms, air condition and 220V power throughout the boat.
Cabins & Quarters
Meta IV has four guest cabins, each fully air conditioned with ensuite bathrooms and electric toilets. Two of the cabins boast queen-size beds, while the other two feature twin beds. Behind the cockpit is the triple stateroom. The entire aft of the boat is shaded and fitted with multiple dining spaces and sunbathing areas.
The boat’s centre is dominated by the generous galley and saloon dining area. But chances are that you’ll be enjoying most of your meals outside in the sun or in Myanmar’s mild evenings.
Sailing Yacht Raja Laut
Sailing Yacht Raja Laut The Raja Laut is a magnificent gaff-topsail schooner built in the tradition of the 19th century Baltic traders. The 100 ft hull is entirely built of iron wood. Behind the classic lines is a modern luxury sailing yacht, equipped with the latest in navigation. Details: Length – 100 ft, 6 guest cabins with ensuite bathrooms, air condition and 220V power throughout the boat.
Cabins & Quarters
Raja Laut has 6 double guest stateroom each with closet, table, mirror, ensuite washrooms and showers. 3 cabins have large queen-size beds and 3 have bunk beds. Minimum headroom in cabins is 2.05m going up to 2.15m.
Centrally located between the cabins below deck is the main saloon, which is an open-plan feature of the boat consisting of large settees in a U-shape configuration around a coffee table. On the wall is a 32″ flat-screen TV with DVD-player and at the coffee table is an internet access point.
Exactly midship is a flush, spacious open deck area suitable for setting a large dining table, perfect for al-fresco dining, with a canopy that can quickly be se tup for shade.
In keeping with the Baltic trader tradition, there is a cargo hatch styled seating area at midship with a skylight providing light to the saloon below.
Aft of midship is the main deck house with access on the port and starboard sides. Its dining area comprises two dinner tables, which can accommodate 12 diners in total. The galley is separated from the dining area by a breakfast bar and is equipped with modern a stove, a fridge/freezer and a microwave.
The fully-equipped navigation and captain’s area is located aft of the galley leading to the outside helm and poopdeck seating area above the transom. The captain has a separate air-conditioned cabin with toilet and shower.
What is included?
All on-board meals, all nonalcoholic drinks, all activities as per itinerary, fuel, etc.
What is not included?
Visa fees (~US$40 per person, subject to changes), transfers to and from the yachts (see under price and dates), Mergui Archipelago zone fees US$250 per person.
Do I need to know how to sail?
No. Our experienced crew can do all the sailing for you while you relax. If you like, our crew can involve you and teach you sailing basics.
Can I sail myself?
Absolutely. You can get as involved as you like. From navigating to setting sails and steering the boat – you or your entire group can crew the ship. If you have enough sailing experience, you can even be the skipper.
How do I get there?
We can arrange to pick you up anywhere in the area – it’s up to you. We recommend meeting you on Phuket Island in Thailand, which has an international airport and is very easy to get to, or in Kawthaung in Myanmar’s south, just across the border from Thailand and a 5-hour car/bus ride from Phuket. Click here for more information.
Will I need a visa for Myanmar?
Yes. Most travellers will get a visa-on-arrival in Myanmar and we will take care of the procedure when you enter the country while you relax or explore. It takes no time at all. Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the end of your cruise. Click here for more information.
Is it safe to travel in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago?
Yes, it is!
There are no violent conflicts in our sailing area, nor are there any pirates.
The archipelago is not home to crocodiles and, unless you swim around with cutlets tied to your hips, you are very unlikely to attract the attention of sharks. In fact, the number of sharks in the area has unfortunately dwindled due to shark fishing.
There is a mid-level malaria risk in southern Myanmar and you should take precautions by using mosquito-repellent and wearing long sleeves and trousers if onshore at night (which you are unlikely to be much).
All guests should get a suitable travel insurance before joining our cruises.
Is it ethically OK to travel to Myanmar?
We think so.
Until a couple of years ago, Myanmar was shunned by most international travellers. Visiting the country was seen as endorsement of the then military dictatorship, a view supported by Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader. Since then, things have fundamentally changed in Myanmar and Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest. She and her party now embrace individual and ethical tourism by travellers whose money does not go straight into the pockets of the generals. We are here to support just that.
How do I book?
Easy. Just send us an email stating your preferred cruise dates, number of guests and preferred cabin. We will be in touch to confirm or answer your questions.
Also do let us know if you preferred to charter the whole yacht for a private cruise.
What about money, cash and the local currency?
The local currency is the Myanmar Kyat (MMK) with an exchange rate of 1 USD to about 1,000 MMK. Do bring cash as the newly installed ATMs in Kawthaung may not function and as credit cards are not always accepted. For any purchases in the region, you can also use Thai Bhat – the change you will receive will most likely be in Kyat.
What else should I bring?
You don’t need much. Bring your bathers, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, your camera and you’re pretty much set! It’s best to also bring mosquito repellent and you may want to consider bringing anti-malarial tablets. Do remember to get a travel insurance before joining our cruise. On board, you won’t need shoes but you can bring flip-flops or reef shoes for beach outings if you want.
It would be great if you could bring soft luggage instead of a hard-case suitcase so that it can be stored away more easily after unpacking.
We provide full lodging, including bedding, towels, all meals, water and soft drinks. We also provide fishing and snorkelling equipment and first-aid, if necessary.
What’s the best season to go?
The best time for sailing in the Mergui Archipelago is between November and end of April. The rainy season starts in May and ends in late October.
What will the water temperature be like?
Beautiful, during the day time 26-29°C or 79-84°F! The water temperature will be about 26-29°C.
How many other people will be on the yacht?
You can join our cabin charter cruises with 2 to 8 guests on Meta IV or up to 12 guests on Raja Laut. If you charter the yacht for a private cruise, it depends on you.
Is there on-board power, fresh water and internet?
Every cabin has power points (plus fans and air-cons). There is fresh water for showering and in the kitchen. Internet is not available on-board.
Will I have to share a bathroom?
Every cabin has its own bathroom and each comes with a shower, sink and toilet.
What kind of food do you serve?
Our chefs specialise in Asian cuisine but also serve Western dishes. Six weeks prior to departure we ask all our guests about their preferences.