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Andaman Sea and Orangutans

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Join the Silver Discoverer for a journey to some of the lesser-visited National Parks Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia have to offer. From bustling Yangon and its Buddhist temples by way of some of the surprisingly beautiful islands of the Andaman Sea, head for Sumatra where you can look for orangutan in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The voyage ends in Singapore, one of Asia’s most interesting cities.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Yangon, Myanmar | Embark
Day 2 : Yangon, Myanmar
Day 3 : At Sea, Cruising the Andaman Sea
Day 4 : Lampi Island, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
Day 5 : Bo Cho and Frost Island, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
Day 6 : Myauk Phyu and Kawthaung, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
Day 7 : Koh Miang, Similan Islands, Thailand
Day 8 : Koh Ra Wi, Thailand
Day 9 : Belawan, Sumatra, Indonesia
Day 10 : At Sea, cruising the Malacca Strait
Day 11 : Singapore, Singapore | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore three spectacular Marine Parks in Myanmar and Thailand
  • Swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters of the beautiful Andaman Sea
  • Look for whales sharks and manta rays in the Similan Islands
  • Hike up to the Bukit Lawang to see Sumatran orangutan

Ship

Silver Discoverer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Borneo Orangutans Schwedagon pagoda in Yangon Similan islands beach, Thailand Sunset in Singapore Houses by the river in Singapore

Day 1 Yangon, Myanmar | Embark

Embark Silver Discoverer this afternoon for your exciting 10-day expedition. After a mandatory safety drill, the Expedition Team and important crew members are introduced. In the evening, enjoy the first of many fine dining experiences in The Restaurant and relax in the Explorer Lounge listening to the music played by your Pianist. Since Silver Discoverer does not leave until tomorrow afternoon, you may want to explore Yangon's nightlife.

Day 2 Yangon, Myanmar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the day see one of the largest reclining Buddhas in the world at the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and visit the world-famous 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda. The top of the stupa is said to be adorned with 5,488 diamonds and 2,317 rubies. Venerated as a symbol of architectural perfection, the glittering golden stupa is considered the appearance of Gautama Buddha in the present world — certainly a highlight. If you wish you can visit the National Museum with its excellent exhibits of some of the more than 135 different ethnic groups present in Myanmar.

Day 3 At Sea, Cruising the Andaman Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today your Expedition Team presents lectures about the history and natural history of the Mergui Archipelago, preparing you for the next three days of exploration within this group of more than 800 islands spread out over 36,000 km². This is a prime location for water activities, and your Marine Biologist talks about Mergui’s underwater residents. Temperatures range between 24° and 32° C for the air and 26°-29°C for the water, making it quite agreeable for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 4 Lampi Island, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your first day in the archipelago, see what Kyun Tan Shey (Lampi Island) located in the Lampi Group can offer you. Lampi was established in 1995 as Myanmar’s first marine national park. It is rich in biodiversity, mangroves, and coral reefs. The officially uninhabited island, apart from having occasional fishing nomads stop over, is large enough to hold wild animals. With rainforest and a fringing coral reef, Lampi’s outstanding beauty is enhanced by spotting monkeys, hornbills, and sea eagles. From the Zodiacs you can witness some of the area’s exotic flora and fauna. 

The surrounding islands offer beaches regardless of tides. More than 50 white sand beaches and fringing reefs wait to be used for snorkeling, bird-watching, or just relaxing. At this spectacular island look for the opportunity of a Zodiac cruise and water-based activities from one of the beaches.

Day 5 Bo Cho and Frost Island, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located south of Lampi Island, Bo Cho Island is a sacred home for the Moken (Sea Gypsy) people who refer to the island with their own name of Pu Nala. A small Moken resettlement zone has been established here and now there is a year-round Moken village. The people were so connected to the ocean that their first houses were all built on stilts near the shore where they could keep a watchful eye on their boats and the sea. Close to 1000 Moken people have made Bo Cho their home and a basic infrastructure supports them. There is an opportunity to meet them and to see their unique boat designs. 

Around noon, Silver Discoverer is scheduled to sail south passing Buda Island. In the afternoon, visit Frost Island, one of the smaller islands in the Mid-Group. Here and at the neighboring island there are perfect beaches for relaxation, while in the water hard and soft corals teem with colorful tropical fishes.

Day 6 Myauk Phyu and Kawthaung, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the early morning, Silver Discoverer should arrive at Myauk Phyu Island. Your last morning in the archipelago, explore the beaches and water around the uninhabited Myauk Phyu, right next to Hastings Island and the other adjacent uninhabited islands. Long white-sand beaches, clear water, and birdsong ashore captivate nature lovers. Snorkelers take up the opportunity to see corals and vibrant fishes, while others might simply relax on a nearby beach, or indulge in a refreshing swim.

During lunch, Silver Discoverer relocates to Kawthaung to clear out of Myanmar. Interestingly enough the town has a strong Muslim and Indian influence and a Buddhist monastery atop the hill to the north. As this is a technical stop only, it is unlikely that you go ashore. Instead, members of your Expedition Team take the opportunity to offer various talks preparing you for your next destination and country.

Day 7 Koh Miang, Similan Islands, Thailand

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Found in the Andaman Sea, the Similan Islands are off the coast of Thailand’s Phan Nga Province. Originally only nine islands made up the group, but two remote islands have been added to the Mu Koh Similan National Park, which now covers over 140 square kilometers. The Similan Islands are surrounded by crystal-clear shallow waters that harbor interesting rock formations and coral reefs. 

The marine life around the islands is the best in Thailand. Surrounded by sea depths averaging 60 feet, the Similan Islands are also some of Thailand’s best dive sites and offer top snorkeling opportunities. The reefs are estimated to be 5000 years old and the underwater visibility generally runs more than 30 meters. Marine life includes manta rays, moray eels, jacks, and sea snakes, grouper, tuna, barracuda, and diverse reef fish, as well as lobster, whitetip reef sharks, and turtles. If you are lucky, you might even spot whale sharks that are known to congregate in the Similan Islands in January and February. As Koh Miang is famous for its white powdered beaches and lush forests, you may also have the opportunity to do a little exploration ashore.

Day 8 Koh Ra Wi, Thailand

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today venture into the Ko Tarutao Marine Park. The park was established in 1974 and the roughly 50 under-developed and jungle-covered islands are well off the beaten track and rarely visited by expedition ships. Your fleet of Zodiacs makes the journey to the island of Koh Ra Wi, where local guides are waiting to brief you and introduce the island. 

Your goal this morning is a viewpoint called “Pha Chado”, an observation point for pirates in the past. Nowadays, this stunning overlook requires about 40 minutes of walking to reach the top. Well worth the effort, the view from the Chado cliff overlooks lines of trees and the white sandy capes of nearby islands. Gratified by the view, return to the beach where a selection of seasonal fruits awaits you. If time allows following the hike, the marine park offers excellent snorkeling and swimming. By lunchtime, you can bid farewell to Thailand and board Silver Discoverer. During the afternoon, cross the Malacca Strait in a southerly direction, heading for Indonesia. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and take in a lecture presentation to prepare you for your time in Sumatra.

Day 9 Belawan, Sumatra, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Quite early, Silver Discoverer goes alongside in Belawan, Sumatra’s busiest port. Built originally to export tobacco, rubber, and later palm oil, Belawan today is an important port for containers, and exports now include coffee and tea. Here expect the local authorities to clear the ship before sunrise.

For you Belawan is the gate to Gunung Leuser National Park. Located in the interior of Sumatra, running along the Barisan mountain-ridge from Aceh towards the southeast, the park covers an area of some 9000 square kilometers, and apart from being one of Indonesia’s oldest and possibly least visited parks, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra”. The park is quite mountainous and home to more than 120 species of mammals, 190 species of reptiles and amphibians, as well as more than 350 species of birds. More than 4000 plant species, including such interesting plants as the corpse flower and titan arum, can be found in the park. Your reason to come here is to look for the Sumatran orangutan.

Before visiting the Bukit Lawang Visitor Center to learn about the flora and fauna of the park, you can have breakfast at the Rindu Alam Restaurant. Be briefed by a ranger about your visit and hike for approximately two hours in the park. The former Bohorok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center had released more than 200 of the Sumatran orangutans back into the wild before it had to close. Apart from Sumatran orangutan there are eight other primate species present in the park. Hope to see several during your forest walk.

Day 10 At Sea, cruising the Malacca Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On approach to Singapore, Silver Discoverer sails through the Malacca Strait with Malaysia on the northern side and Indonesia’s Sumatra on starboard, the southern side. Today edit all the photos taken, or attend final presentations and lectures about Myanmar, Thailand, and/or Sumatra. The Chef and Sommelier might want to present culinary highlights and the wines to accompany them, while the Spa and Gym are ready for you –in case you want to exercise or be pampered.

During the afternoon, the onboard Videographer/Photographer presents the Voyage DVD. Be astonished as you view the highlights seen and activities done during the last 10 days.

Day 11 Singapore, Singapore | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer. 

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Please note: Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are in US dollars, cruise-only per person based on double occupancy.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Personalized service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available from 06:00 to 23:00 
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Complimentary Parka

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