Adventure tour operator, Intrepid Travel has launched two new sailing adventures that will take small groups of travellers to some of the world's most remote islands, off the coast of Burma. The first departures will take place in November.
Despite Burma's recent tourism boom, the 800 islands in the Myeik archipelago remain well off the tourist track as they are difficult to reach. On Intrepid's new Burma Sailing Trip, travellers will be able to relax on Myauk Ni Island's secluded, white sand beaches, swim among schools of colourful fish and spot giant whale sharks at Palu Bada, snorkel with turtles near Ba Wei Island, take a jungle hike on Kho Yinn Khwa Island and meet a nomadic tribe of 'sea gypsies' on Bo Cho Island.
Intrepid will offer two itineraries, one starting in Burma's former capital, Yangon and the other starting in the Thai capital, Bangkok. Both will fly south to Ranong and transfer by boat to Kawthoung, at the southernmost tip of Burma, before setting sail around the islands on a skippered yacht and then flying back to the city where the tour started. Prices start from AUD2,295/ NZD2,940 (ex-Yangon) and AUD1,895/ NZD2,425 (ex-Bangkok) for a nine day trip, including return flights from Bangkok or Yangon, two nights' hotel accommodation, six nights in a twin berth cabin, snorkelling equipment, excursions, and most meals.
"While backpackers and honeymooners have long-flocked to Thailand and Indonesia for a slice of beach paradise, Burma's islands are one of the world's best-kept secrets," said James Thornton, Intrepid Travel's Managing Director. "Travellers who sail around Burma's islands with Intrepid will be impressed by pristine coastlines, jungle forests and historical sites dating back to the Stone Age, and they will also get a glimpse of a culture that remains virtually untouched by tourism."
For more information about Burma Sailing ex-Yangon visit http://www.intrepidtravel.com/burma-myanmar/burma-sailing-ex-yangon-70452
For more information about Burma Sailing ex-Bangkok visit http://www.intrepidtravel.com/burma-myanmar/burma-sailing-ex-bangkok-70331
For more information about Intrepid's sailing adventures visit www.intrepidtravel.com/marine/sailing