"First Footprints" - What DestinAsian Magazine Writes About Our Trips

DestinAsian just wrote a long feature story about our cruises, published in the April/May issue. The article starts like this: 

"In the 21st century it is difficult to imagine a corner of the world where 800 mostly uninhabited islands still exist in the heart of its most populous continent. Where annual visitors are measured in the hundreds, not the thousands. And where each morning, if I rise before my fellow sailors, I can swim to the nearest of these islands, leave the first footprints on its fine bleached sands, and inhale the honeyed perfume of blooming sea poison trees lining the shore. This is how each day begins on a six-day sailing trip through the Mergui Archipelago in southern Myanmar, filled with pinch-me moments that more than reward the effort of getting here." 

And this is what the author Kendall Hill writes about his encounter with a Moken family during the trip:    

"We are not alone at Kyun Phi Lar. There are two Moken boats anchored at one end of the beach, silhouetted in the afternoon sun. They see us too and before long a delegation—two youngish men and a girl with curly, sun-streaked hair—pulls up to our yacht in a dugout. The crew brings them eggs, rice, fish, water, and sweets, and they give us a special treat in return—two lobsters."

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The Sunday Times: "Sometimes, Happiness is Pretty Simple"

The Sunday Times just published a long story about our cruises and we are thrilled. Here's what Stanley Stewart writes: 

"On the way back to the boat, we dropped in on a Moken family who had materialised in the bay. Their boat was festooned with ropes and awnings, baskets and nets, pots and laundry lines. Rows of fish were drying on the roof, a tangle of live lobsters were squirming on a lower deck and what appeared to be a squid was spread-eagled on the foredeck. Women and children scuttled about, cooking dinner, mending nets, bailing water, playing games; while in the stern a great pasha figure sat enthroned, shirtless and aloof as a Buddha. He smiled, granted us a regal wave and sold us half a dozen lobsters. Back on the Scame, we dined on the moonlit deck." 

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Read Travel Plan's Cover Story about Burma Boating

Travel Plan, an English-language travel magazine published in Japan, just printed a cover story about Burma Boating, which we are proud to share. Here's what they write: 

"It was called the 'Lost World' and for good reason because that region where the Indian Ocean rolls toward Myanmar's southwestern coast slumbered in seclusion, isolated by remote geography and decades of xenophobic, military rule. Even the footprints of passing fishermen and the Moken, nomads of the sea, were rarely sighted on its 800 islands.

Today, the shimmering beaches are still all but deserted, only hornbills and monkeys break a primeval silence on jungled hillsides and the Moken, shy gentle people who worship the spirits of nature and traditionally roamed the waters, still try to draw their sustenance from the sea." 

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German Focus Magazine Writes about Burma Boating

Focus magazine, one of Germany's leading weekly news magazines, just published a long feature story about Burma Boating. Here's what author Harald Pauli writes: 

"The Mergui Archipelago in southern Myanmar is located right across the border with Thailand - but far away from the tourism hustle and bustle. The magical empty beaches can only be reached by boat. A luxury cruise into paradise." 

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National Geographic Recommends Burma Boating as one of the "Best Trips of 2015"

We're excited and a little proud to announce that National Geographic Traveler recommends the Mergui Archipelago and Burma Boating on its list "Best Trips of 2015". Here is what they write: 

“Forbidden Islands” sounds like something from a fairy tale, and stories about Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago do seem like a fantasy: hundreds of undiscovered white-sand beaches, dense unexplored jungles, and clans of the mysterious Moken sea gypsies. Klaus Reisinger, who co-directed a documentary titled Burma's Forbidden Islands about the island chain, calls the area “one of the last paradises left on earth.”

The Burmese government kept the area off-limits to foreigners until 1997. Since opened to a handful of tour operators, the 800 islands scattered off the southern coast of Myanmar, in the Andaman Sea, are so seldom visited that many of them are known only as numbers on navigation charts.

Wildlife sightings include monitor lizards, sea eagles, and long-tailed macaques. Despite years of unregulated dynamite fishing, snorkeling and dive spots still reveal an aquatic festival of life, with swarms of eagle rays, schools of sharks, and the occasional whale shark. The nomadic Moken people, now largely forced into settlements, maintain their fishing traditions as they have for countless generations. As an epic of the Moken goes, “The Moken are born, live, and die on their boats, and the umbilical cords of their children plunge into the sea.”
Currently, foreign visitors to the archipelago must be part of a guided boat tour. Tours depart from Kawthaung pier at the southernmost tip of Myanmar near the Thailand border. For a small group (two to eight people) charter or private yacht cruise including airport transfers, lodging, and meals, sign on with Burma Boating. Tours can be customized to fit specific themes, such as a photography and video safari. They also accept credit cards, rare among archipelago boat tour operators.

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Cruising World Writes about Burma Boating

Yachting magazine Cruising World writes about Burma Boating in its December issue. 

The article called "Lovely, Lonely Waters" says:

"The absence of tourists is largely attributable to Myanmar’s repressive government. Tourism numbers were for many years kept to a trickle, and foreign-owned businesses largely unheard of. However, over the past three years, the government has attempted to pull back the veil covering Asia’s last-frontier nation and introduce democratic and economic reforms. But while classic sailboats carry a lot of appeal, the real draw is the promise of empty islands topped with virgin jungle and azure-blue waters devoid of the white triangle sails that pierce the horizon in the world’s other tropical beauty spots. ´We sail for days without seeing any other boats or tourists,´ says Mayrhauser." 

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West Weekend Writes About Burma Boating

The Australian magazine West Weekend's David Tacon joined one of our sailing cruises and here's what he writes:

"We return to the Meta IV to find Aperol Spritz sundowners waiting for us and learn that the crew has caught more than a dozen fish with handlines over the side of the boat. After a delicious meal of steamed fish and fried squid, we share a bottle of Myanmar Rum to toast a remarkable day. We are only halfway through our journey into one of the least-trodden corners of South-East Asia. There is a consensus among the guests that no one has experienced a more memorable holiday. None of us wants it to end."

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German Yacht Magazine Features Burma Boating

German magazine Yacht writes about Burma Boating in an article titled "Mysterious Asia". The text highlights the latest addition to our fleet: "The star of the show is the William Fife schooner ‘Sunshine‘".

It's just a short story but we're excited to be featured again in one of Europe's oldest and most important yachting magazines. And doesn't Sunshine just look stunning when she's sailing?

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Burma Boating Featured in The Sunday Telegraph

We're thrilled to be covered in the Sunday Telegraph's travel section! This is what Nigel Richardson writes:  

"It was a dreamy voyage that took us beyond internet connectivity, from green coastal waters to the kind of blue inked in by 100ft depths, past piratical-looking fishing boats and islands with the outlines of rusty blades. Scampering macaques foraged for crabs on the islands’ rocky shores, white-bellied sea eagles wheeled."


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2 More Magazines Recommend Burma Boating

Another two magazines have recommended Burma Boating in the past few days: Traveller's World from Germany and Silk Air's award-winning inflight magazine Silkwinds

"Hardly anyone knows the Mergui Archipelago just off Myanmar's coast, and you wish it would stay that way. But how long can such a secret be kept?", writes Traveller's World.

Better come quickly!

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Burma Boating featured in the Bangkok Post

We're on the cover of this weekend's Bangkok Post Brunch Magazine. This is what they say about our sailing area: 

"The view from the boat is always breathtaking. As we weave through the islands, we see strangler figs wrap their vines along the rocky edges of smaller atolls, forming patters not unlike the soft curves made by the waves below. Tall granite and limestone rocks jut out of the water like those at Railay beach that attract climbers from around the world."

Two Articles Worth Reading...

The South China Morning Post has a story today about the problems the country's economic development still faces. The lack of stable power supply, or sometimes any power supply at all, is one of the biggest obstacles for economic development. We're glad that Meta IV isn't reliant on the public power grid. 

And the New York Times reports about the ethnic problems in the North: Ethnic Rifts Strain Myanmar as It Moves Toward Democracy.