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Welcome to Myanmar

With over 900 islands to explore, journeying to the Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar) offers a unique area both above water as well as below. All but two of the over nine hundred islands are uninhabited, scattered over an area of some 14,000 square miles, offering breathtaking scenery, virgin rainforests and diving on reefs that have never been explored before.

Departing from Phuket to journey to Myanmar will take you to remote areas where you will rarely see other yachts and the only humans you are likely to encounter are the friendly Moken Sea Gypsies who roam the area in their small boats, like their ancestors have done for centuries.

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Underwater world class diving includes reefs, drop- offs, sea mounts and caves and tunnels, sometimes cutting through an island with exits on both sides. Fish life is abundant and diving in the Mergui Archipelago usually means frequent encounters with sharks, manta rays, large swarms of eagle rays and occasionally, whale sharks. The reefs are in excellent condition and yachts can explore new sites seldom visited as the Archipelago was strictly closed to all foreigners until opening in 1997. Not many yachts pass through this remote part of South East Asia and the natural wonders, islands, sea life and exoticness of Burma is second to none with pristine sandy beaches in a completely untouched world, a special place.

The most popular place to cruise on a yacht is on the eastern coast, just north of the border of Thailand near Phuket and exploring northwards up the coast. Excitement and thrilling adventures come in all shapes and sizes and the possibilities are simply endless.

Visiting Yachts

  • M.Y. Annaeva

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Our Services To The Captains

  • Cruise planning in our region
  • Clearance in our region
  • Visa and bond arrangements
  • Dockage and pilot arrangements
  • Helicopter authorization
  • Charter license
  • GSM cards and SAT TV decoder rentals
  • Charts
  • Parcel or express mail clearance and export
  • Shipyard coordination
  • Accounting and banking facilities
  • Charter APA and tax management

Our Services To The Engineers

  • Duty free fuel
  • Jet fuel and gasoline
  • Lube oil supply and used oil / Sludge removal
  • Engine parts and supplies
  • Repairs and maintenance jobs
  • Metal fabrication

Our Services To The Deck Officers

  • Deck parts and supplies with discounts
  • Day workers
  • Repairs and maintenance jobs
  • Security and ISPS arrangements
  • Warehousing

Our Services To The Galley

  • Fresh provisions
  • Beverages and wine supplies
  • Galley parts and supplies
  • Wine tasting

Our Services To The Interior Department

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Flower arrangements
  • Interior cleaning supplies
  • Appliance repairs and maintenance
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Beauty & grooming products

Our Services To The Owners And Charter Guests

  • Car rental at preferred rates
  • Airport meet& greet and transport
  • Charter planes and helicopters
  • Concierge services
  • Cruise planning and itineraries
  • Dive guides
  • Guided tours and excursions
  • Hotel bookings at preferred rates
  • Massage, spa and beauty care
  • Traditional dance shows in various islands
  • Yacht and fishing boat charter

Our Services To The Crew

  • Banking assistance
  • Medical care
  • Preferred rates on many hotels
  • Car hire and tours
  • Travel arrangements

Testimonial

M.Y. Annaeva

“Gordon Fernandes and Toby Koehler were instrumental in taking care of Annaeva this past winter season. Their attention to detail, good advice and very professional attitude made even our most difficult and complicated plans come together flawlessly. All was expertly taken care - cruising permits, long distance transfers, private plane, visas for guests & crew and landing permission for our private jet. APS is well versed in all custom formalities of this region and made difficult task effortless. The provisioning and spares department had no problems in procurement and is first class.”

Captain Philip Burgess

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“Our cruise started in Phuket, Thailand, where our friends at Asia Pacific Superyachts helped us to arrange the trip. Burma is not short of bureaucracy and paperwork and a permit for the yacht to enter has to be granted – the dealings of which do not appear possible on one’s own. We were captivated throughout by a huge variety of experiences and all aboard are already dreaming of another opportunity to continue exploring this intriguing country.”

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Itinerary

7-Day Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Guests board yacht in Patong Bay – Phuket – depending on arrival time yacht can then leave for Surin Islands.

myanmar2The Koh Surin Archipelago is a 135 sq. km. area lying in the Andaman Sea some 53 km off mainland Ranong Province. The park's five islands lie just south of the border of Myanmar (Burma).

The two main islands, Koh Surin Nua and Koh Surin Tai, are separated by a narrow strait, only 200 meters wide, with almost no flat ground beyond small pockets of mangrove and little beaches which nestle in the many coves. The two islands cover 19 square km. respectively 12 sq. km. with the highest point on the latter one elevating to 350 metres. The other islands in the group are only rocky islets, sparsely covered with scrub vegetation.

Overnight to Kaw Thoung (border town in Myanmar)

Day 2

Morning check into Myanmar (Burma) via Kaw Thoung. Local guide boards and immigration, customs and harbour formalities are completed. After formalities complete, a visit to Island 115 which has great beach for guests to snorkeling and swim.

myanmar3Kaw Thoung
(Victoria Point)

This being Myanmar’s southernmost township and trading port, Kaw Thoung is important in that it is the gateway to the Archipelago.

There is constant construction in this town due to ever-increasing border trade between Myanmar and Thailand.
The population of Kaw Thoung is estimated at 55,000. Very few of these people were actually born here; most have ether drifted there in hopes of finding riches or for an opportunity to improve their life in this prosperous area.

Only about 10% originate from Kaw Thoung.

Day 3

myanmar5Island 115 to Great Swinton Island – explore this fabulous island where beaches will be empty. sand will be golden and water will be clear – ‘heaven on earth’.

Great Swinton Islands
There are numerous beautiful beaches along the shores of great Swinton (Kyun Pila).

One that stands out is the beach on the south side on the very western tip of the island.

Day 4 - Great Swinton to Lampi island

Explore the mangrove rivers, beaches and go swimming. Visit the sea gypsy village at the southern end of Lampi.

Lampi Island

myanmar6Lampi is the largest Island in the Archipelago. North to south the island is 20 nautical miles long and from east to west at its largest extremity, 10 nautical miles wide. To put things in to perspective, Lampi Island alone is roughly the same size as Singapore -with a population of four million whereas Lampi is uninhabited. This is all the more incredible when you consider that Singapore is less than 1000 kilometers away.

Day 5 - Lampi Island - Salet Galet

The channel of water separating the islands of Lampi and Wa-Ale Kyun is about 150 meters wide and about two miles long. Either side of the channel is banked with steep sloping rainforest and by fringing coral reef below.

It is a much protected piece of water and an area of outstanding beauty. This is a good place to spot monkeys, wild pigs, hornbills, sea eagles etc.

Day 6 - Lampi to Pu Nala

myanmar8Visit the ‘Moken’ Sea Gypsy village which is on the northern end of Pu Nala. The main attraction of Palau Nala is undoubtedly the Moken village on the northern shore of the island. The Burmese name for the village is Marghon Galet. This translated means ‘a channel visited by a foreigner’. The village has been here for years.

The Moken are traditionally a nomadic sea-fairing race that does not belong to any one country. They travel without passports, crossing international boundaries without care and probably without the knowledge that they are even doing so. Whole families live as a unit on a single boat. The Moken boats, which are the sphere of their universe, are passed on from generation to generation.

They are of a wooden build with an average length not exceeding 15 meters. A wooden cabin starts just forward of amidships, running aft to the stern and has a roof of thatched palm leafs or bamboo slats. Mechanization has given them a Yanmar single cylinder diesel outboard engine. This is known locally as a ‘Long Tail’, as the propeller shaft is long and can exceed 3 meters, giving the impression that the boat does indeed have a tail!

Day 7

Back to Kawthong for check out of Myanmar. Guests will depart here and cross the river to Ranong.

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