Myanmar to Thailand - Coastal Journey

A heady mix of colonial-era buildings and crumbling Burmese architecture dispersed with bustling street markets and tea shops. Kawthaung, a sleepy fishing village and starting point for your cruise of the Myeik Archipelago. Continue to Ranong and journey south to Elephant Hills Khao Sok. Wake up to the sounds of gibbons calling amongst the misty tropical forest and enjoy a morning at a local elephant camp

Best time to visit Myanmar/Burma is the dry winter season from November to February.

Touring style: Professional English speaking guide and driver, private basis.

Prices are seasonal, include hotels, breakfast, professional touring and transfers. Starts from:
GBP 2900 per person sharing a twin room.

International and domestic airfares are extra..

Myanmar to Thailand - Coastal Journey at a glance
  • Day 1: Yangon
  • Day 2: Yangon to Kawthaung
  • Day 3: Kawthaung to Barwell Island
  • Day 4: Barwell Island to Mid Group 88 Island
  • Day 5: Mid group to Nyaung Wee Island-Great Swinton Island
  • Day 6: Ohway Island
  • Day 7: Za Det Nge Island
  • Day 8: Kawthaung to Ranong-Khao Sok
  • Day 9: Elephant Hills Khao Sok
  • Day 10: Elephant Hills Khao Sok to Khao Lak
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Day 1: Yangon

Begin your journey along the spectacular coastlines of Myanmar and Thailand with your full day tour of Yangon. Step back in time among the vernacular Burmese architecture, British colonial buildings. Wander through the bustling, colourful street markets, traditional tea shops on your way to the massive reclining Buddha of Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda. From the lake at Kandawagyi complete your day at the awe-inspiring, gold covered landmark of Shwedagon Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.

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Day 2: Yangon to Kawthaung

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Kawthaung. Your day at leisure to explore this sleepy fishing town, find a peaceful spot along the waterfront to observe local life. Overnight in Kawthaung.

Distance and journey time:

Kawthaung Airport – Kawthaung City Centre (2.8 km): 10 mins

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Day 3: Kawthaung to Kawthaung - Barwell Island (Saturday)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the jetty to start your five nights cruise through the Mergui Archipelago with Burma Boating. After the welcome aboard your yacht, we set sail to Barwell Island where we spend the evening on the beach. We’ll go for a swim before dinner and drinks.

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Day 4: 115 Island - Mid Group - 88 Island

Leisurely breakfast on board. After a refreshing swim, we start our passage to Island No. 115, a place often frequented by Moken sea gipsies. In the afternoon we will reach the group of small islands called Mid Group. If time permits, we go for a dinghy excursion into a nearby mangrove forest on Island No. 88. After the evening swim, we have dinner in this beautiful covered area.

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Day 5: Nyaung Wee Island - Great Swinton Island

In the morning we slowly sail towards the little village on Nyaung Wee Island and visit the local sea gypsy settlement. After lunch, we sail west to Great Swinton Island. Take a Jungle walk along the creek and collecting seashells on the huge beach. For those interested in Buddhism, a short visit to a local monastery. Snorkelling, then sundowners on deck. Watch the bioluminescent plankton at night.

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Day 6: Ohway Island - Jar Lann Kyun

Early morning sail to tiny Ohway Island for the best snorkelling (and great fishing) in the region. Observe the colourful life of the reef, full of soft and hard corals and plentiful of tropical fish. After lunch, we set sails for Jar Lann Kyun and anchor in its large fjord, one of the most spectacular bays in the archipelago. In the mangrove forest, we watch the hornbills at dusk. Fine dining onboard. Relaxation time under the starry sky.

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Day 7: Za Det Nge Island - Rhino

Long, leisurely sail towards Za Det Nge Island with its beautiful bays and beaches. Visit Rhino Island on the way. Its stunning turquoise waters are perfect for enjoying the sun. Later we move towards Za Det Nge’s for a last dinner party on the beach.

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Day 8: Kawthaung - Ranong - Khao Sok National Park

After breakfast, back to Kawthaung, transfer to the jetty to cross the Pakchan River to Ranong in Thailand for your onward trip. After clearing border formalities at Myanmar – Thailand border, meet with our local representative for transfer to Khao Sok.

Overnight at Elephant Hills Resort

Distance and journey time:

Ranong – Khao Sok (approx. 283 km): approx. 5-6 hrs

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Day 9: Elephant Hills Khao Sok

Wake up to the sound of gibbons and birds calling from the misty tropical forest. Learn at first hand about the life of a Thai elephant and its mahout, and take part in the Khao Sok elephant experience. After a local lunch explore the Sok River by canoe, against a backdrop of limestone mountains and cliffs covered in lush green vegetation. Overnight in Khao Sok.

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Day 10: Elephant Hills Khao Sok to Khao Lak

After breakfast, follow your guide into the jungle to experience the immense variety of plant and wildlife, marvel at the sights, the smells, the deafening sound. In the afternoon return to Elephant hills camp for your transfer to Khao Lak or Phuket for your beach stay.

Distance and journey time:

Khao Sok – Phuket (184 km): 2.40 hr

Highlights

Khao Sok National Park

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Mergui Archipelago: remote and untouched

An archipelago of over 800 islands, considered to be one of the most spectacular diving sites in the world

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Phang Nga and Khao Lak

Phang Nga Province, embracing Thailand’s Andaman coast is home to both marine and coastal national parks of outstanding natural beauty, most famously the stunning shoreline of Khao Lak

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Yangon: Golden stupas and glittering pagodas

The many shady green spaces, golden stupas and glittering lakes of this former Burmese capital lend Yangon a unique charm

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Accommodation

Kawthaung, Standard Class
Victoria Cliff Hotel & Resort

Designed and decorated in authentic Burmese style, this delightful property is set on a wooded hill overlooking the crystal waters of the Andaman Sea.

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Mergui Archipelago, Cruising
Burma Boating

Burma Boating offers a flexible and inclusive approach to arranging sailing holidays in Myanmar and South-East Asia.

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Yangon, Deluxe Class
Belmond Governor’s Residence

Belmond Governor’s Residence is an imposing teak mansion dating from the 1920s within the elegant Embassy Quarter

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Yangon, Deluxe Class
The Strand

The historic Strand Hotel built in 1901 by the Sarkies Brothers has long been recognized as one of Yangon's landmarks

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Yangon, Superior Class
PARKROYAL Yangon

The PARKROYAL Yangon encapsulates the charm of colonial Myanmar in a modern setting

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Yangon, Superior Class
Sule Shangri-La Yangon

Formerly known as the Traders, Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, enjoys a prime location in downtown Yangon

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Khao Lak, Deluxe Class
JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa

Located on a pristine, white sand beach with views across the aquamarine waters of the Andaman Sea, the JW Marriott Resort & Spa offers high levels of comfort and service in an idyllic location.

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Khao Lak, Deluxe Hotel
Tha Sarojin

Located on a white sand beach looking out over the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea, The Sarojin is a boutique property of enormous luxury and charm, blending serenely into its natural setting.

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Khao Lak, Superior Hotel
La Flora Resort & Spa

The elegant and boutique La Flora Resort & Spa is located right at the beautiful golden sandy beach of Bang Niang.

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Khao Sok National Park, Unique Lodge
Elephant Hills Resort

Located amid the lush green rain forest of Khao Sok National Park, on the bend of a river beneath towering limestone cliffs, Elephant Hills Resot is Thailand’s signature Luxury Tented Jungle Camp.

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