Up until the recent changes of power in Myanmar, the relations between the Moken and the key agencies were tense. Things have improved lately, however, and the mokens are a little less inconceivable. We can take you to the Moken towns where you can eat Moken foods, buy groceries and see men build dug-out barges that have been made for years.
Burma is home to more than 100 ethnic groups from Sino-Tibetan, Tai and Austro-Asian ethnic linguistic groups and you will see a number of very different characteristics among the individuals you will encounter. If you are an expert yachtsman or on a boat for the first trip, you will enjoy the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar, an area so varied and large that you can jump on the shore for a few days or sail on several days of highways.
Mergui Archipelago is located in the tropics and the temperature is consistently hot and comfortable, with mean altitudes between 28-33°C (84-92°F) and mean depths between 20-24°C (69-76°F). You can sail all year round, but there are big variations between the different periods of the year. Mergui is the best season for cruising between November and April.
The months of March and April have less breeze, so they are the best times for scuba and snorkeling with clear sands. From May to June there are occasionally cyclones in Mergui. The many large archipelagoes offer sheltered moorings for all seasons and storm "hurricane holes" for windy weather even in heavy seas and waves.
Whilst some areas of the arcipelago have not yet been fully mapped and researched, the area offers secure cruising with few underwater hazards or perilous outcrops. There is of course more to discover in the area than just the Mergui Islands. This group of islands is part of the Tanintharyi area, the most southern part of Myanmar.
When you come to Myanmar from Thailand, you'll have the opportunity to explore the overslept Kawthaung with its buddhistic shrines, side roads from the colonies and the busy markets while we take care of Myanmar's migration processes for you. Situated at the north end of the Malay Peninsula and in the part of the Indian Ocean known as Andaman Sea, the Mergui Archipelago is a multifaceted archipelago stretching from India to Myanmar, from Thailand and Malaysia to Singapore and Indonesia.
Farther southwards along the promontory we cruise with you to Thailand, to its world-famous isles, diving spots and its crystalline water - or even further to Malaysia. The Indian Ocean lures to the western part and India's unbelievable Andaman isles are only 2-3 days away.