Andaman Sea

Adventure Tours, Island & Sea Gypsies

Adventure Tours, Island & Sea Gypsies is the right destination for outdoor fun, a almost unexplored part of the Indian Ocean bordering India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and partly Thailand with almost no contact to any foreigners except the Thai part. The last times foreigners were seen here was during British colonial time, now slowly some “live aboard” diving tours are offeredout of Thailand .

There are not many places on earth so untouched and this wont last very long have a look into our unique e-books just the right stuff to get you informed. Travel there also touches Thailand since most of the tourists come from there.

The natives are Salone or Moken

they are real Sea Gypsies, never living permanently on one place. Traveling around the sea and and stopping temporarily on the islands where greener landscape exists. After the rainy season, they move around and collect marine products.

Being at sea from birth to death, they are very skillful. They can dive down to the depth of 80 feet under the water without diving gear. They used to stay away from others, are very simple, like alcohol and cigars much. At the instigation of the British they became opium-consumers and as a consequence, they become outcasts in social, education, and economic affairs.

Most of them are addicted to intoxicating drugs, alcoholic and smoking since the young age.

As they do not remain permanently on one location, they have no interest in cultivation and live-stock breeding. When they have enough supplies they do not work. Only when they have nothing to eat they do something.

They are indolent by nature; only young men show some activities, collecting natural food stuff, though endorsed with natural resources they remain miserable poor.

They are very sincere to their masters or elders of the tribe and are obedient. Although they are skillful to certain extent in handicrafts they are past-masters in building Kaban boats, means dugout and house boats where they usually live.

Fishing is the main means to get food and some are even still doing pearl diving although this has decreased dramatically after they started pearl culturing in the area. Where beautiful gold, silver and white pearls are raised.

Sea gypsies harpoon fishing  Sea sea gypsies on the beach

Adventure tours into the Andaman sea via live aboard

 

Building dugout boats

Salon Myanmar building dugout boat  Salon Myanmar building dugout

Building dugout boat                                                     Salone boy in a dugout

collecting marine products and art of navigation are their special qualifications. Women folk are expert
in barnacles searching, mats weaving and household affairs.

The Andaman Sea, the Islands, the Sea Nomads

and the terrific Underwater World are the topic of our book more at e-books , our book is unique, pls. buy it, its worth it, do a real adventure tour afterwards. All this is a bit more relaxing in terms of tourism but it is still very difficult to access the south. Maybe one of the reason is the government leased huge tracts of land to some private companies and they do everything to keep this hidden actually nobody really knows what they are doing. Considering that this is a large part of the country at a very sensitive political and economical area they better open the information about a bit, don’t they have some direction into democracy?

  

Fiesta dancing at the beach and pretty sea gypsies

Passenger ship connects the islands with Yangon or Rangoon

From the end of British colonial times until recent days no foreigners have been allowed into the Myeik / Mergui archipelago, the area off the Myanmar Tanintharyi / Tennasserim coast. The ocean all the way down to Phuket is dotted with more than 1000 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 our book on this adventure travel you will find comprehensive up to date information about the area and the seafarer, for the casual traveler and also from a ethnological point of view.

…..Facts about the Salone were first discovered in the travel
diary of a Frenchman published in 1675. In Morris
Collis’s “Siamese White” they were called Silita.
In 1891 census report of Kaw Thaung Township, they were called Silone.

Many years ago, they lived in Malay Peninsula and now, on the islands of Myeik, Botepyin and Kawthoung Districts. They are called Besing by the Malay. Thias called them Chao Talay or Chao Lay ( men of the sea ), Chao Nam ( men of the water ) and Chao Ko  ( men of the island ).

Salone in the Mergui Archipelago Sunset

Sunset in the Mergui Archipelago

If you ever might go to the islands, don’t be shy to ask if you can stay in one on the houses. Pls. keep in mind to pay accordingly.

Since the end of the 90 – ties some Thai diving companies got permission to explore the waters via live aboard trips.
Have a look at our e-books about it.