BurmaSailing Holidays in	
5-Night Luxury Adventure in the Mergui Archipelago
Private Cruises
Group Tours
Freepier Ltd.
9B, Amtel Building
148 Des Voeux Road Central
Central, Hong Kong
Website: www.burmaboating.com
Email: info@b...
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SY Meta IV
CONTENTS
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Expect white sand, crystal clear waters
and unspoilt nature - all for yourself
We have a classic wooden, t...
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Our yacht, Meta IV, was designed
by the naval architect Thomas E.
Colvin, who gifted the vessel her
beauti...
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Cabins and Quarters
THE YACHT
1-Anchor Locker 2-Head/Shower 3-
Crew Quarters 4-Double Stateroom 5-
Dining ...
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Crew and Specifications
Herbert was born in Austria and
is Meta IV's captain. He has been
working as a prof...
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Virtually unknown to the outside
world, the Mergui Archipelago is
located in Myanmar's (Burma's)
remote so...
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warm and pleasant, with average
highs ranging between 28-33°C
(84-92°F) and average lows between
20-24°C (...
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Explore tropical forests, hike through valleys and up hills, walk
along kilometers of beach with the only...
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while sailing or when close to shore.
Or go for the truly big guys and try
your luck catching marlin and ...
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Already traveling in Myanmar? Spent a
week or two visiting temples and
villages? Myanmar is a beautiful
a...
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A Well-Connected Paradise
GETTING THERE
1h 30m
from
Bangkok
4h
from
Phuket
1h 20m
from
Yangon
45m
from
My...
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Yacht Charter:
Planning a Private Cruise
Looking for a group holiday
with total flexibility? Charter our
y...
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Burma Boating Brochure

  1. 1. BurmaSailing Holidays in 5-Night Luxury Adventure in the Mergui Archipelago Private Cruises Group Tours
  2. 2. Freepier Ltd. 9B, Amtel Building 148 Des Voeux Road Central Central, Hong Kong Website: www.burmaboating.com Email: info@burmaboating.com Phone: +66 2 1070 445 Skype: BurmaBoating Image copyrights: Corinna Bremer, Grischa Rüschendorf www.BurmaBoating.com
  3. 3. BURMA BOATING 3 SY Meta IV CONTENTS .................................................................................................................What We Do 4 .....................................................................................................................The Yacht 5 ...............................................................................................The Mergui Archipelago 8 ..................................................................................................Nature and Activities 10 .......................................................................................................................Itinerary 12 .............................................................................................................Getting There 13 .............................................................................................................Yacht Charter 14 CONTENTS
  4. 4. BURMA BOATING 4 Expect white sand, crystal clear waters and unspoilt nature - all for yourself We have a classic wooden, two- master sailing yacht with an experienced crew to take care of your every desire. You can do the sailing yourself or we can do it for you. Chill out on empty beaches, drink in hand. Or perhaps you prefer racing with the dolphins? It’s your choice. And it’s easy with Burma Boating. We are a group of passionate sailors who were spellbound when we first sailed into Myanmar’s perfect waters. We discovered endless horizons, pristine islands, and free- spirited people. Right there and then, we decided to share these wonders. Sailing to Lonely Islands... At Burma Boating, we organise sailing holidays in Burma (Myanmar) WHAT WE DO
  5. 5. BURMA BOATING 5 Our yacht, Meta IV, was designed by the naval architect Thomas E. Colvin, who gifted the vessel her beautiful shape and robust hull. She is made entirely of Thai teak, one of the best woods for building classic boats. Meta IV was constructed in 1998 as a private yacht for a Swiss businessman who made his fortune in hotels. In 2010 the Austrian skipper Herbert Mayrhauser found her at a pier in Phuket and immediately fell in love. After two years of intensive restoration work and refitting, Meta IV began her new life as a luxury charter vessel in the fall of 2012. Meta IV measures 85 feet in length or 25 meters. That's even longer than the Santa Maria, the boat that Christopher Columbus sailed into history when he discovered the Americas. In fact, with all her space, you could almost forget you were holidaying on a yacht. The sheer size, and the facilities on board, make for a holiday getaway that your family or friends won‘t forget. It's your trip of a lifetime. And the crew of Meta IV will do everything possible to make it an amazing experience. Man the wheel, navigate the waters, or simply relax and snooze in the sun. The decision is yours. Welcome on Board A classic yacht, an unforgettable experience THE YACHT
  6. 6. BURMA BOATING 6 Cabins and Quarters THE YACHT 1-Anchor Locker 2-Head/Shower 3- Crew Quarters 4-Double Stateroom 5- Dining Area 6-Galley 7-Workshop & Sail Loft 8-Triple Stateroom 9-Lazaret 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. And behind the cockpit there 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.
  7. 7. BURMA BOATING 7 Crew and Specifications Herbert was born in Austria and is Meta IV's captain. He has been working as a professional skipper for more than 30 years in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and South East Asia. During this time he has logged over 300,000 nautical miles. Won is a native Thai who has been working as a professional sailor for the past 5 years. In 2010 he joined Meta IV. He loves the oceans, everything about boating, and you are most likely to see him with a rope in his hand. Koon is the ray of sunshine on board Meta IV and is in charge of guest services. She'll bring cocktails to your hammock and is also an excellent chef, specialising in European and South East Asian cuisine. Be warned: you will probably gain a kilo or two during your holiday.  THE YACHT Equipment - RIB dinghy boat with 30 HP Yamaha outboard engine - Hydraulic steering Wagner T-13-35 - Electric anchor windlass - Life jackets - Radar - GPS chart plotter - Wind instruments - Depth sounder - Autopilot - VHF radio - Stereo - TV flat screen - Water maker Aquatechnology 200 litres per hour - Dishwasher - BBQ Technical Specifications - Rig: Bermuda - Type: Ketch - Design: Thomas Colvin, USA - Year built: 1998 - LOA: 25.30m / 85 feet - Draft: 2.83m - Beam: 5.7m - Displacement: 65t - Engine: 15.7 Litre Cummins - N-855-M 195 KW - Generator: Kohler 7 KW - Electricity: 12V / 24V / 220V - Total sail area: 317 sqm
  8. 8. BURMA BOATING 8 Virtually unknown to the outside world, the Mergui Archipelago is located in Myanmar's (Burma's) remote south and is a group of 800 deserted islands that lie at the heart of our sailing area. Think white beaches lined with palm trees and dense jungle. Think swimming in azure waters amongst colourful reef fish, spotting corals, and collecting one-of-a-kind 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. Just across from the Thai border, the archipelago only opened to foreigners in the late 1990s. With three of the 800 islands sparsely populated and only a few dozen visitors to the entire area each month, the Mergui Archipelago remains one of the planet’s most unspoilt destinations. Meet the 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. Until the recent changes in Myanmar’s government, the relationship between the Moken and the central authorities was marked by tensions. Recently, however, things have started to improve and the Moken are somewhat less elusive. If you are interested, we can take you to Moken villages where you will be able to enjoy Moken food, buy fresh cuttlefish, and watch men building dugout canoes the way they have been made for tens of thousands of years. Myanmar is home to more than 100 ethnicities from the Sino- Tibetan, Tai, and Austroasiatic ethnolinguistic groups and you will see an array of starkly differing features amongst the people you’ll meet. Sailing Conditions Under full sails, keeling over, the wind and sun in your face, salt on your lips, and no land in sight. Or, a leisurely cruise to the next beach, feet up on the helm, drink to hand, and watching the dolphins soar and dive. Whether you’re an experienced sailor, or are on board a ship for the first time, you will love Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, an area so versatile and boundless that you can beach hop for weeks on end or go on multi-day blue-water passages. Or both, of course. The Mergui Archipelago lies in tropical waters and temperatures are consistently 800 Islands, Just For You SAILING AREA
  9. 9. BURMA BOATING 9 warm and pleasant, with average highs ranging between 28-33°C (84-92°F) and average lows between 20-24°C (69-76°F). Sailing is possible throughout the year but there are major differences between the seasons. The best time for sailing in the Mergui is between November and July. Conditions during December to February are perfect, with warm, sunny weather, a steady 20 knots of wind, and calm seas. March and April have less wind, which is why they are the best time for diving and snorkelling with clear waters. From May to July there are strong, onshore winds and a larger swell. There are occasional hurricanes in the Mergui from May to June, and again from October to December. The rainy season is from July to November. Even when winds are strong and swells are sizeable, the numerous large islands provide hundreds of protected anchorages for any season, as well as “hurricane holes” for stormy days. While some areas of the archipelago have not been entirely charted and explored, the region provides safe sailing, with few under- water obstacles or dangerous reefs. The entire island group is replete with good and safe anchorages in sandy or muddy grounds. And in case we encounter a day without wind, there is much to explore in the water and on land to keep us busy. Plus, the yacht’s engine runs up to 8 knots ... Beyond Mergui Of course, there is more to explore in the area than the Mergui Archipelago alone. The island group belongs to Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region, the country’s southernmost province. Its coastline provides endless vistas and sites for you to explore, whether for an afternoon or for several days. The towns of Kawthaung and Myeik are the southern and northern gateways to the island group, respectively. If you enter Myanmar from Thailand, you will have time to walk around sleepy Kawthaung with its Buddhist temples, colonial- era back streets and bustling markets, while we handle Myanmar immigration procedures for you. The Mergui Archipelago is located along the northern end of the Malay Peninsula and in the part of the Indian Ocean that is known as the Andaman Sea – in itself an immensely diverse region ranging from India to Myanmar, and from Thailand and Malaysia to Singapore and Indonesia. The opportunities are endless and we are happy to take you as far as you want to go.  SAILING AREA Myanmar Thailand Mergui Archipelago
  10. 10. BURMA BOATING 10 Explore tropical forests, hike through valleys and up hills, walk along kilometers of beach with the only foot prints those behind you, kayak through enchanted mangroves, swim, snorkel, scuba dive, and go fishing: you’ve got it all. The Mergui Archipelago is teeming with wildlife. On Land Due to government neglect and the region’s long isolation, its 800 plus islands have remained virtually untouched. They are mostly 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, the largest of the islands, is part national park and home to some of the planet’s oldest mangrove forests. Animals on the islands include gibbons, pythons, civet cats, huge monitor lizards and the rabbit- sized mouse deer. Hornbills are a common sight, while kites and white- bellied sea eagles circle above every island as kingfishers dart around eerily quiet mangrove forests. Frigate birds, pacific reef egrets, green imperial pigeons, and emerald doves are just some of the birds native to this diverse archipelago. Snorkelling and Diving The whole area is an underwater paradise. Extensive coral reef landscapes provide a home to sea creatures: sea turtles, lionfish, cardinalfish, rays, triggerfish, surgeonfish, puffer fish abound, and, with some luck, you can spot the world’s largest fish, the plankton- eating whale shark. Further out west, where the continental shelf drops off into the deep sea, a range of underwater mountains called the Burma Banks are a thrilling diving area for the experienced. We provide you with snorkelling equipment, which is available for free. Fishing Stock up on your food supplies with the best produce possible: fresh fish directly from the sea! Cast for tuna, barracuda, mahi mahi, giant trevally, Spanish mackerel or snapper A Tropical Paradise NATURE AND ACTIVITIES
  11. 11. BURMA BOATING 11 while sailing or when close to shore. Or go for the truly big guys and try your luck catching marlin and sailfish. Either bring your own rods or just use ours! Most of the local fishing boats in the area catch squid and cuttlefish, and if you want, we can always buy directly from them. UNESCO World Heritage Site? UNESCO examined the Mergui Archipelago as a potential World Heritage Site for its biodiversity, and the organisation‘s report concludes: “While the biodiversity is largely unknown, the intact vegetation on such an array of islands, with associated marine habitats and spectacular geomorphology, is likely to be of high global biodiversity significance. The biodiversity values of this set of forested continental islands, and the limited protection afforded such coastal islands elsewhere in the region, indicates that they are likely to be of global priority and form a potentially important trans-boundary World Heritage inscription.“ Let's hope for the best – but also: Be there before the area becomes too famous! In the last two years, Myanmar (or Burma) has undergone tremendous changes. Few countries are making greater headlines these days than Myanmar. Until recently one of the world’s most isolated nations, under an Orwellian military dictatorship, the country’s leadership has suddenly – and to everybody’s surprise – decided to open up to the West, to liberalise its political system, move towards more pluralism, and to invite in foreign investment. These days, the world leaders of politics and business are queuing up to talk to the country’s decision makers, or to gain an early foothold in an untapped market of almost 50 million people. Most armed conflicts between the central government’s army and various ethnic groups that formerly ravaged the country have stopped and Myanmar is now witnessing a degree of peace and stability it hasn’t experienced in decades. Myanmar is still a very poor nation after decades of mismanagement, sanctions and stagnation. But what was once the richest economy in South East Asia – with still vast natural resources – looks like it might be on its way back to former glory. Tourism is certainly flourishing and never have so many foreigners visited the former British colony as these days. We are aiming to play our part towards opening up this wonderful country by carefully making accessible one of the regions that has so far been almost totally neglected. NATURE & ACTIVITIES
  12. 12. BURMA BOATING 12 Already traveling in Myanmar? Spent a week or two visiting temples and villages? Myanmar is a beautiful adventure in itself, but the holiday truly comes into its own when you can spend time at the end of your travels relaxing and enjoying the empty beaches – not to mention your own personal yacht. Day 1 We'll meet you at the airport in Kawthaung (Myanmar) or in Ranong on the Thai side of the border and you'll be on board in no time. Relax on deck with a welcome drink while we glide toward the Mergui! As soon as we leave the busy river behind us, we‘ll be alone with the wild and beautiful nature of the Mergui. At the end of the day we‘ll sit on the beach of Hasting Island, drink cocktails and gaze at the stars. There‘s not a single light within view. We can hear the monkeys shout and play in the jungle. Day 2 Early the next morning we will arrive at Lampi Island, the largest in the region. We will brunch on board and visit a village of Moken sea nomads. This is one of the highlights of our tour and we‘ll most likely spend a few hours here to play with the children, who take us by the hand and show us their little village school and the mangrove forest. Later we buy some squid from the fishermen for dinner before sailing northwest to the gorgeous Clara Island. The water is exceptionally clear here! Day 3 It’s a beautiful cruise to Pila Island and we will try our luck fishing for tuna. Once there, we barbecue on the long, long beach and go for a jungle walk along a little creek. Before a relaxed sundowner, we cool down by snorkelling in the azure water. 800 islands and each one is a paradise! Day 4 We pick up the east winds and speed towards the Mid Group. We could spend a whole week exploring its small islands, hidden coves and beaches, so we choose the prettiest: Frost and Potter Islands, famous for their spectacular huge fig trees, right beside the beach. Day 5 We spend most of the day on the water, only stopping for a dip in the open ocean! Some get busy sailing, others lie on deck and watch the dolphins jump. It‘s our last evening and in the afternoon we head towards Zadetkyi Island, where we find a gorgeous bay. One more time we barbecue at the beach. It won‘t be easy to leave! Day 6 We set sail in the early morning, back towards Kawthaung. We arrive by noon, just in time for our connecting flights. We‘re sure we‘ll see you again! Five Nights in Heaven ITINERARY (c) Google Maps
  13. 13. BURMA BOATING 13 A Well-Connected Paradise GETTING THERE 1h 30m from Bangkok 4h from Phuket 1h 20m from Yangon 45m from Myeik All our regular 5-day trips depart in Kawthaung in Myanmar’s south, just across the border from Thailand. Flying to Ranong There are daily flights from Bangkok to Ranong by Nok Air and Happy Air. Ranong Airport is well served by local taxi drivers but we can also pick you up, of course. Arriving via Phuket Another option is to fly to Phuket International Airport, a convenient and well-connected hub. From there, it’s a scenic 4-hour car ride to Ranong, the Thai border town. We’d be more than happy to help you organise transportation or even meet you at the airport. Once you are in Ranong, we will take a longtail boat across the Pakchan River to Kawthaung on the Burmese side, which takes just a few minutes. We will help you with the immigration procedures before boarding the yacht. Flying to Kawthaung If you are arriving from within Myanmar, you can fly directly to Kawthaung Airport, which is connected to various domestic airports with flights by Air Mandalay and Myanma Airways. Here, too, we are happy to assist you and help you get organised. Ranong Kawthaung
  14. 14. BURMA BOATING 14 Yacht Charter: Planning a Private Cruise Looking for a group holiday with total flexibility? Charter our yacht Meta IV for up to 10 people and plan your own sailing trip in Myanmar, Thailand or even Malaysia. This option is ideal if you are a sailor and want to skipper the boat yourself, or if you are travelling with a bigger group and want the freedom to plan your own tour. Our sales team will he happy to assist you. We recommend these ports of departure: Kawthaung (Myanmar) Kawthaung is located right on the southern tip of Myanmar near the Thai border. A golden temple overlooks this bustling little trading town, which makes a great start for your journey, especially if you want to combine your yachting holiday with a trip through the country. Kawthaung - and the Thai border town of Ranong just across the river - mark the southern entry point into the Mergui Archipelago. There's a domestic airport in Kawthaung. We recommend this as a starting point for all trips ranging from 4 to 7 days. Chalong Bay (Thailand) Chalong Bay is in the south of Thailand's Phuket Island, about an hour's drive from Phuket airport with its many international connections. From here, it's a pleasant 22-hour sail to the Mergui Archipelago. If you want, you can spend your first night on the Similan Islands, one of the most stunning diving locations in the world with its crystal-clear waters. We recommend this tour if you plan to travel for 7-10 days. Yacht Haven Marina (Thailand) In the north of Phuket, Thailand, Yacht Haven Marina is just 10 minutes away from the international airport, so you'll be able to board your yacht in no time at all. Yacht Haven is the ideal starting point if you want to explore both the natural wonders of Thailand and the adventures of a virtually undiscovered Myanmar. Our yacht will take you to the stunning, rocky cliffs and hidden islands off the Phuket coast. We'll visit famous the Phi Phi Island and, after a few days, continue our tour with an exciting 22- hour, day-and-night journey up to Myanmar. Ideal for trips ranging from 10 to 14 days. Langkawi (Malaysia) Langkawi in the Malaysian state of Kedah is a beautiful area with over a hundred pristine islands and wonderful waters. Start your trip from here if you have plenty of time and want to see a great collection of Asia‘s most beautiful islands and sailing areas. If you want, we can also start our tours to Thailand and Myanmar from here. YACHT CHARTER

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