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Holidays to the Mergui Archipelago

Myanmar is often typecast as the land of temples, where the peaks of Pagoda's silhouette against sunsets in Bagan, and the shimmering gilded stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda attracts camera toting tourists and saffron robed monks in equal measure. But what if we told you that the country is also blessed with some of the most pristine beaches in Southeast Asia, lined with palm trees, and backed by tropical jungle?

The Mergui, or Myeik, Archipelago in Southern Myanmar is blessed with gin clear waters, vibrant coral reefs and, despite a history of dynamite fishing in the region, returning shoals of tropical reef fish. Add to this unspoilt beaches, lush rainforest and traditional Moken fishing villages, and Mergui demands a good few days' exploration.

What was until recently one of Myanmar's best kept secrets, the Mergui archipelago is slowly catching up with the rest of the country in terms of accessibility, having been closed to tourists since the 40's. The best way to explore is without doubt by water - booked on to a cruise on a luxurious sailing vessel (or chartering a sailing boat for a private sail) - get there before the investors do.

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Jade Green Water in the Mangroves of the Mergui Archipelago
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Paddleboarding in the Mangroves

Enjoy a spot of uncharted adventure on Myanmar's off-beat archipelago. Surrounded by lush jungle and white-sand beaches, go paddle boarding through intensely beautiful mangrove forests that feel largely undiscovered. Glide through jade green rivers navigating the intertwined branches, spotting an array of indigenous flora and fauna along the way.

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Hike a Jungle Trail

Explore jungle trails on the private Wa Ale island boasting a 9,000-acre wildlife reserve. You'll hike through the undulating emerald foliage with a resident naturalist guide who will point out tropical flora and resident wildlife like swinging gibbons, monitor lizards and, if you're lucky, the endangered pangolin. Otherwise head to the pristine private beach to scout out nesting sea turtles and watch sea eagles hovering in the sky.

New Born Turtle on the Beach
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Visit a Turtle Hatchery

Visit a turtle hatchery spearheaded by the Lampi Foundation, responsible for releasing over 500 turtles back into the Andaman sea, the first hatchery built in the Lampi Marine National Park. Meet the people making the difference and learn about the efforts behind conserving green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles.

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All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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