Myanmar Islands: Snorkelling & Village Hikes

Company : G Adventures
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 750 to 1000 £ Pound (UK)

Eager for a taste of Southeast Asia from decades past? While we can't turn back time, we can bring you on this 11-day trip through Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Heading well off the trodden trail, our itinerary swaps out swanky resorts for honest adventures and local encounters. Spend time in small villages to chat with locals, go island-hopping, and wake up to the serene sounds of the jungle. With time in between to snorkel, sunbathe, or simply relax, this Burmese beach adventure ticks all the boxes.

 

Itinerary

Day 1. Bangkok
Arrive at any time.

Day 2. Bangkok/Kawthaung District
Hop on a short flight to Ranong, then continue by car and boat to Kawthaung.

Day 3. Kawthaung District/Tanintharyi
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Kawthaung, a quaint port city on Myanmar's southern tip across the Thai border. Learn about the area's history as a trading hub, why Burmese men stain their teeth red and women paint their faces yellow, and gain insight into daily life in this culturally diverse region. Transfer to Tanintharyi.

Day 4. Tanintharyi/Myeik
Board a traditional boat and head upstream on the Tanintharyi River. Opt to kayak and take in the scenery. Continue to the foot of a nearby karst (limestone) mountain. Hike up the path to enjoy a stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding farmland, with a view of the river. Visit the village of Tagu and opt to try some snacks at the local market. Continue to Myeik.

Day 5. Mergui Archipelago Island Hopping
Head to the Mergui Archipelago for a full-day island hopping excursion. Pass mangrove forests, traditional houses on stilts, and fishing boats that dot the seascape. Weather permitting, stop by the Dome Waterfall, which cuts through the jungle before cascading into the ocean. Continue to Dome Island and enjoy lunch in the village of Nyaung Mine, where some members of the local Moken community reside. Enjoy the pristine beaches of Smart Island, before heading to Thel Ni Aw and spending the night at camp.

Day 6. Mergui Islands/Myeik
Wake up to the sound of the waves and local wildlife. Enjoy breakfast on the beach. Take the kayak out for a paddle or snorkel in nearby reefs. Return to Myeik in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 7. Myeik/Dawei
This morning, opt to chill out at the guesthouse, wander through Myeik's bustling waterfront and watch as ships offload their cargo, or visit the Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda. Transfer to Dawei.

Day 8. Dawei Village and Beaches
Hop on a motorcycle taxi and head north of Dawei to visit a community based tourism project. Enjoy a delicious picnic and cool swim in a hidden forest oasis. This afternoon, visit remote Nabule Beach - a beautiful, isolated, 12km stretch of sand along the coast of western Myanmar. End the day in Dawei's more popular Maungmagan Beach and enjoy fresh coconuts or a chilled drink as the sun goes down.

Day 9. Dawei
Enjoy a free day in Dawei. Opt to wander around town, visit a local market, or head back out to the beaches.

Day 10. Dawei/Kanchanaburi
Enjoy the lush scenery of the of the Tanintharyi Mountains as we drive past local rubber tree and betel nut plantations. Cross the border back into Thailand. Get ready for your final night out on the town.

Day 11. Kanchanaburi/Bangkok
Transfer to Bangkok, where the tour ends on arrival either downtown or airport at approximately 11am.


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From £979

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