Myanmar (Burma) Yacht Charter/ A Myriad of Temples & Turquoise Waters
New to the tourist trail is the mysterious land of Myanmar. Once known as Burma, this country has had its fair share of problems, today, thankfully, these days look likely to be over and what is left is a beautifully unspoiled country free to share with the world.
As far as a superyacht charter goes, the area on the eastern coast, north of Phuket in Thailand is the most idyllic place to sail. Here you will find around 800 tropical islands on a coastline that stretches for 1,930km. The area is called the Tenasserim Coast and boasts the pristine Mergui Archipelago. Around 800 islands lie in the Andaman Sea , some untouched by human footprint, clad in dense jungle with a range of exotic wildlife and fauna and all offering white sand coral beaches and gentle turquoise waters lapping the shores.
As yet, and due to the strict guidelines imposed by the government 50 years ago, tourism has made a negligible impact. As it stands, tourists are allowed to visit Myeik and Kawthaung – the two main port atolls but are rarely allowed to go further. Only a handful of tour operators own the rights to travel further into paradise. The locals who inhabit the islands are generally made of Malay fishermen and semi-nomadic Moken “Sea Gyspies” who spend the fishing season out on small wooden boats then retire to ramshackled villages during the monsoon.
The best advice to give when visiting Myanmar is to leave the yacht for a few days and get into the country to explore the myriad temples. In the capital of Rangoon, or, as it is now Yangon splendid and lavish Buddhist temples are around every turn, and then head north and deep into the jungle visit the temples of Bagan. Your captain or broker can help arrange a private tour taking you directly from the yacht into the jungle- ask for a sunrise hot air balloon tour.
The best time to visit the area is between November and February when there is little rain and the mercury is still relatively hospitable. March to May brings extreme temperature