May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Sailing the Mergui Archipelago

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Asia Transpacific Journeys
On demand $849 boat accommodations

The Route: Five days of cruising a vast uninhabited island rainforest aboard a 55-foot sailing trimaran equipped with sea kayaks and scuba equipment. Includes daily shore excursions to white-sand beaches.

When to go: Year-round

Difficulty: Easy

Travel advisory: Last year, Burma's military dictatorship began heavily courting tourist dollars. Be forewarned that a percentage of your trip fee will go to support this regime.

High/low points:

  • Bartering for fresh albacore with families of sea gypsies, who live aboard the thatch-roofed boats that wander the islands.
  • Watching a python flop from an overhanging branch into your boat.

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