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Myanmar Island Vacation in the Andaman Sea

 

with tropical islands surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian ocean plus lush exotic vegetation with sandy beaches in front. The Ocean is dotted with more than 800 untouched islands, densely forested with jungle, usually a frontline of white beaches and sometimes rocks. One of the very few 'virgin' places on this planet, above and under the ocean surface. In 1990 the government changed the mostly English names of the islands to native ones. Accessible via live aboard tours from Phuket or per ship, car and aircraft from Yangon and Kawthaung.

Go hunting or fishing with the Salone

in and off the island jungle. A hunting group usually comprised of five men and five dogs and you could be the sixth person. Salone don't use bows and arrows or cross-bows or arms. They use only harpoons. While the dogs are attacking the wild boar, deer, barking deer or monitor lizard etc, the hunters harpoon  the vulnerable spot of the prey and the dogs are of great help.

When the sea gypsies got their prey, they offer the Nat spirit first and foremost at a big tree in the forest, with the heart of the prey as a gift. Hunting dogs share some intestines of the prey. The Salone (Myanmar name) or Moken (Thai name) also called Sea Gypsies are the natives in this part of the country.

Facts about them were first discovered in the travel diary of a Frenchman published in 1675.

In Maurice Collis "Siamese White" they were called Silita. In 1891 census report of Kawthaung Township, they were called Silone.

Many years ago, they also lived around the Malay Peninsula and now, on the islands of Myeik, Botepyin and Kawthaung District. They are called Besing by the Malay. Thais called them Chao Talay or Chao Lay ( men of the sea ), Chao Nam ( men of the water ) and Chao Ko ( men of the island ). From the end of British colonial times until recent days no foreigners have been allowed into the Myeik / Mergui archipelago (pictured below) the area off the Tanintharyi / Tennasserim coast.

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 Salone island life
Salone island life
Kawthaung
Kawthaung, ferry, swimming and scuba diving on islands.

A adventure tour

could be to have a look for edible bird nests which can be found in caves on several island and they are closely guarded by the guys who bought the license to harvest them from the government.

This edible bird nests are glued together from the vomit of the swift lets. These birds live in their nests in the inmost caves of the rocks. Salone hunt for edible bird-nests during the months of January to May, at the risk of their lives. The birds nest are sold mainly to Hong Kong and Singapore since the Chinese like them, they think they do it better, you know what, after eating them. Chinese pay thousands of dollars for this edible bird nests.

There is fish, squid, mollusk, oyster, coral, ambergris, and tortoise eggs for hunting and eating, the turtle eggs are only rarely hunted this days. Salone search for honey in the forest of the island. Women also do their jobs such as collecting mollusk and weaving mats.

Harpoon Hunting
Going hinting with the harpoon

The islands in the Mergui or Myeik archipelago

are in a very remote area, but easy accessible from Myeik with the help of some money and it needs some time. All that is one of the reason to make them interesting as a real exotic vacation destination. There are no vacation resorts only some beach huts made from wood and palm leaves and on the evening the fishes and other seafood is grilled at the beach grill, sounds like romantic vacation, yes it is. Its only difficult to go there. You could start this exotic vacation trip by a flight from Yangon to Mergui  or Myeik, have your vacation, after use the regular ship down to Kawthaung and enter Thailand via Ranong from there Phuket is only 300 km to the south and Bangkok by road travel 600 km to the north.

Island accommodation 

Burmese travel packages

are available at many online travel agencies. Packages depend naturally much on the duration and purpose of your idea of travel, that means culture tours, beach vacation or maybe both combined. It is not very important to know that where you can find the cheapest packages, the cheapest is most of the time the worst.

You have to go through several websites if you want to buy an affordable package and you better check if the Myanmar travel agent offers insurance, especially on accidents.

This subject is totally underdeveloped in the country, that means if you have a accident or other problem on your trip who pays the help? You do not need too much time for going through all the available offers, just check this.

To be on the safe side you could fly in with Air Asia

either from Bangkok Airport, Kuala Lumpur Airport or Singapore Changi Airport and buy a insurance when booking, this is not a very comprehensive one but it assures to get you out of the country when accident disaster happen. You should set up a budget before making a travel deal.

It is a good idea to discuss all your expectations with a travel agent. A travel agent can help you a lot in planning your dream trip. Try to find all the options which can fulfill your needs.

If you will do a little research and planning your travel will be a real success story and you will still have memories for your grandchildren to tell them, there are only a very few countries on this planet who can claim that. Many companies offer last minute deals to fill their vacant seats. Last minute travel deals are offered by cruises, airlines and hotels.

Don't believe travel agents

offering this last minute stuff, its just a new twist to get money from you, counting the stuff together afterwards you will find out that you spent more money as if you would have taken a serious travel from the very beginning.

Burmese travel packages Mergui Archipelago Houseboat
In the  Mergui Archipelago on the way with a house boatMyanmar travel Mergui Islands Houseboat
Mergui or Myeik Archipelago house boatMyanmar travel Mergui Archipelago Life Aboard
Live aboard in the Andaman sea

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