Flights

Flights: Myanmar National Airlines - Update High Season 2018/2019

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Kawthaung is the departure point of our cabin charter cruises to the Mergui Islands. You will most likely reach Kawthaung from Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. If you want to avoid the 25 hours road trip, there is currently one airline provider that operates daily flights between the two cities. Myanmar National Airlines has just released its new flight schedule during the period between October 1st, 2018 and March 31st, 2019.

IMPORTANT: All our cabin charter cruises depart on Saturday. Unfortunately the flight arriving on the same day at 12:35 won’t allow you to make it on time for our boats’ departure - our cruises leave from Kawthaung at 12:00 noon and guests should arrive at Kawthaung’s pier 1h30 before departure to clear immigration process / authorities check. This is why we strongly advise to arrive with the early morning flight or 1 day before if flying from Yangon to Kawthaung. You can stay the night at Victoria Cliff Hotel, which offers free transfer from the airport.

No problem on the way back though, we will always take you back to Kawthaung in time to catch a flight to Yangon on the same day. Let us know the time of your departure if you have any doubt, our boats usually take our guests back to the city at around 12.00 noon but we will make it happen earlier if needed.

Here’s Myanmar National Airways’ new schedule:

YGN- KAW:

Monday /Wednesday /Friday =>                             11:00 - 13:40 (via TVY)

Tuesday / Thursday /Saturday /Sunday =>            10:30 - 12:35 (via TVY)

Saturday (from 1st November) => 06:45 - 09:25 (via MGZ)

KAW -YGN:

Monday/ Thursday / Saturday / Sunday =>             13:05 => 15:10 (via TVY)

Tuesday =>                                                             14:50 => 17:40 (Via MNU)

Wednesday/ Friday =>                                            14:10 => 16:50 (via TVY)

** TVY = Dawei; MNU = Mawlamyine (Moulmein); MGZ = Myiek

Note that Myanmar National Airlines reserve the right to change departure time until the flight day without prior notice; it is not uncommon to face a 30 minutes delay or so.

You can book directly online via https://www.flymna.com, the company accept major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, JCB). :

Flights: Myanmar National Airlines

Due to unexpected cancellation of most Air KBZ flights to Kawthaung and frequent "last minute" changes of departure times, we have decided not to recommend flying with Air KBZ anymore. 

Fortunately another airline, UB Special (recently renamed to Myanmar National Airlines), has just opened a very convenient 1h25min non – stop connection Yangon – Kawthaung – Yangon on Saturdays and Thursdays. At the moment it is the only airline that offers direct flights on this route. And the only one that flies to Kawthaung on Saturdays. Since all our guests arriving from Yangon will take the MNA/UB Special flight, we had to slightly modify the departure and arrival ours of our cruises to adjust them to the new flights schedule. 

Effective from January 10, all our cabin charter cruises will start between 12:00pm and 3:00pm (formerly at 12:00pm) and will end at 12:00pm (formerly at 8:00am). All guests are welcome to embark the yacht at 12:00 and enjoy their time on deck. The boats will leave the port when customers arriving from Yangon are on board. 

All the guests arriving from Yangon on Saturdays should take the MNA/UB Special flight UB-303 (Yangon - Kawthaung, 11:30 – 12:55). All the guests going back to Yangon after the cruise (on Thursdays), should book the MNA/UB Special flight UB-304 (Kawthaung - Yangon, 16:05 – 17:30). The airline has just launched a new website, which allows booking tickets online and paying with major credit cards (Visa, Master, JCB). Of course, if it’s more convenient, our guests may ask their travel agents for assistance.

The embarkation and disembarkation time change will not affect customers coming from Bangkok. All our guests arriving via Ranong Airport should take the recommended Nok Air connection the morning flight (Bangkok – Ranong, 8:10am – 9:35am, DD7312) on Saturdays and the evening flight (Ranong – Bangkok, 18:35 – 20:00, DD 7319) on Thursdays.

All our guests arriving from Phuket are kindly requested to take into consideration the later hours of departure and arrival of the yacht in Kawthaung and modify their travel arrangements accordingly. The transfers from/to Phuket Airport will also be adjusted, after consultations with guest.


Flights: Air KBZ

UPDATE: Due to unexpected cancellation of most Air KBZ flights to Kawthaung and frequent "last minute" changes of departure times, we have decided not to recommend flying with Air KBZ anymore. There are better options: Read more here

 

Getting to our yachts is now even easier!

We have slightly adjusted our schedule for the coming season to match the timetable of Air KBZ for domestic Myanmar flights to Kawthaung Airport. Kawthaung is our port of departure and the airline now offers daily connections there.

Air KBZ recently introduced an online booking system that accepts international credit cards, which really makes planning your travels much easier now. Air KBZ is the first Myanmar airline to allow online bookings and it’s the most reliable airline flying to Kawthaung.

Customers arriving from Yangon can now take the morning flight with Air KBZ K7-319, which takes off from Yangon Airport at 7:00 am  and arrives in Kawthaung at 10:10 am. Our team will be happy to organise pick-up transport for you from the airport and take you straight to your yacht. 

After the cruise, our boats will be back in Kawthaung in the morning, just in time for you to catch the return Air KBZ flight to Yangon (flight K7-320, departure 10:25 am, arrival 1:35 pm).

Air KBZ is a fast growing domestic airline. It started operating in 2011 and is the first airline in Myanmar to operate brand-new ATR-72 600 planes, which it bought in 2013. 

For more information and booking inquiries, visit www.airkbz.com.

Flights: Kawthaung Airport

Kawthaung's airport (code: KAW) is just a few kilometers away from the city center. Flying is still an adventure in Myanmar. The airport has no speaker system, so airline staff shout announcements into the waiting hall where stray dogs run around.  

Kawthaung is a domestic airport but for some reason it has an immigration department whose officers will sometimes demand to see up to eight copies of your passport. 

But the number of airlines and flights connecting Kawthaung with the rest of the country is growing fast. Today traveling to Kawthaung is fast and convenient. 

We strongly recommend booking your tickets through a travel agency, as flight times can change at very short notice and paying is still quite complicated. 

You should also be aware that there are no taxies at the airport. We therefore recommend to all our guests that they book an airport pickup with the hotel or directly with us. 

Flights: Nok Air

Nok Air ("nok" meaning "sparrow" or "small bird" in Thai) is the second Thai budget airline connecting Bangkok to the Mergui. Flights depart from the Thai capital's airport Don Mueang to Ranong - every day except on Tuesdays and they leave Bangkok in the early morning.

With its small and colorful planes, Nok Air might actually be Thailand's fastest growing airline. Food and service are simple but reliable, maybe because Thai Airways International owns a share in the company.   

Nok Air also operates a few international routes, including to Yangon/Myanmar. For detailed information and bookings, visit www.nokair.com.

 

 

Flights: Happy Air

Happy Air is a Thai budget airline, founded in 2009. The planes are small but make a good impression and seem well maintained. Happy Air is one of the fastest ways to reach the Mergui, specially if you are coming from Bangkok. Flights depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand's main international hub, and arrive in Ranong, the Thai border town.    

Happy Air's daily flights take about 1.5 hours and cost something in the area of 2,500 Thai Baht. Check their website for more information.

 

UPDATE: Happy Air has not been operating their route Bangkok-Ranong during the past months, we recommend to fly with Nok Air.

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