Ports of Departure:
Start Your Cruise in Thailand or in Myanmar
If you are planning a private charter, you can choose where you want to board the yacht. Below are some suggestions.
Meta IV is a fully ocean-going vessel, and if you have enough time, we'll meet you anywhere and take you around the world. If you have to plan your holiday like most of us, we recommend these ports of departure for discovering the Mergui Archipelago. All trips can be customised. Our booking consultants will assist you with planning your holiday, and if you wish, we can arrange all kinds of packages for you.
Check out our Sample Routes for more information.
Kawthaung is located right on the southern tip of Myanmar near the Thai border. A golden temple overlooks this bustling little trading town, which makes a great start for your journey, especially if you want to combine your yachting holiday with a trip through the country. Kawthaung - and the Thai border town of Ranong just across the river - mark the southern entry point into the Mergui Archipelago. There's a domestic airport in Kawthaung. We recommend this as a starting point for all trips ranging from 4 to 7 days.
Chalong Bay is in the south of Thailand's Phuket Island, about an hour's drive from Phuket airport with its many international connections. From here, it's a pleasant 22-hour sail to the Mergui Archipelago. If you want, you can spend your first night on the Similan Islands, one of the most stunning diving locations in the world with its crystal-clear waters. We recommend this tour if you plan to travel for 7-10 days - see a sample trip here.
Yacht Haven Marina, in the north of Phuket, Thailand, is just 10 minutes away from the international airport, so you'll be able to board your yacht in no time at all. Yacht Haven is the ideal starting point if you want both the natural wonders of Thailand and the adventures of a virtually undiscovered Myanmar. Our yacht will take you to the stunning, rocky cliffs and lonely islands off the Phuket coast. We'll visit famous Phi Phi island and, after a few days, continue our tour with an exciting 22-hour, day-and-night journey up to Myanmar. Ideal for trips of 10-14 days.