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Andaman Sea and Orangutans

11 days with Silversea   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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Day 1 — Yangon, Myanmar
Embark Silver Explorer this afternoon for your exciting 10-day Silversea Expedition – “Andaman Sea and Orangutans”. After a mandatory safety drill, the Expedition Team and important crew members will be 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 our Pianist. 
 
As Silver Discoverer will not be leaving until tomorrow afternoon, you might want to explore Yangon’s nightlife.
 
Day 2 — Yangon, Myanmar
During the day you will see one of the largest reclining Buddha 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
Today our Expedition Team will present 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 our Marine Biologist will likely want to talk 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 snorkelling.
 
Day 4 — Lampi Island, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
During our first day in the archipelago we want to see what Kyun Tan Shey (Lampi Island) located in the Lampi Group can offer us. 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 snorkelling, bird-watching or just relaxing.
 
At this spectacular island we will look for the opportunity of a Zodiac cruise and to offer water based activities from one of the beaches.
 
Day 5 — Bo Cho and Frost Island, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
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 will be the chance meeting them and to see their unique boat designs. 
 
Around noon, Silver Discoverer is scheduled to sail south passing Buda Island. In the afternoon, we will visit Frost Island, one of the smaller islands in the Mid-Group. Here and at the neighbouring island there are perfect beaches for relaxation, while in the water hard and soft corals teem with colourful tropical fishes.
 
Day 6 — Myauk Phyu and Kawthaung, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
During the early morning, Silver Discoverer should arrive at Myauk Phyu Island. Our last morning in the archipelago will be used to 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 will captivate nature lovers. Our snorkelers will 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 we will go ashore.
 
Instead, members of our Expedition Team will likely take the opportunity to offer various talks preparing you for our next destination and country.
 
Day 7 — Koh Miang, Similan Islands, Thailand
Found in the Andaman Sea, the Similan Islands are off the coast of Thailand’s Phan Nga Province. Originally only nine (similan in the local language) 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 year old and the underwater visibility generally runs more than 30 metres. 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 we are lucky, we 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, we also intend to do a little exploration ashore.
 
Day 8 — Koh Ra Wi, Thailand 
Today we 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. Our fleet of Zodiacs will make the journey to the island of Koh Ra Wi, where local guides will be waiting to brief us and introduce the island. 
 
Our 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 snorkelling and swimming.
 
By lunchtime, we will bid farewell to Thailand and board Silver Discoverer. During the afternoon, we will be crossing the Malacca Strait in a southerly direction, heading for Indonesia. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and take in a lecture presentation to prepare you for our time in Sumatra.
 
Day 9 — Belawan, Sumatra, Indonesia
Quite early, Silver Discoverer will go 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 we expect the local authorities to clear the ship before sunrise.
 
For us 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 kilometres –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. Our 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, we will have breakfast at the Rindu Alam Restaurant. We will be briefed by a ranger about our visit and hike for approximately two hours in the park. The former Bohorok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center had released more than 200 of the Sumatran orangutan back into the wild before it had to close. Apart from Sumatran orangutan there are eight other primate species present in the park. We hope to see several during our forest walk.
 
Day 10 — At Sea, cruising the Malacca Strait
On approach to Singapore, Silver Discoverer will sail through the Malacca Strait with Malaysia on the northern side and Indonesia’s Sumatra on starboard, the southern side. 
Today will be an opportunity to edit all the photos taken, or to 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 will present the Voyage-DVD. You will be astonished passing review of all the highlights seen and activities done during the last 10 days.
 
Day 11 — Singapore, Singapore
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.
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All This Included
Charismatic, exotic and gloriously beautiful, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore offer so much to their visitors. The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is rich with spirituality while the turquoise waters of the Mergui Archipelago are a snorkeller’s paradise. A trip to the Gunung Leuser National Park in search of the Sumatran orangutan, provides a fascinating insight into the conservation of the delicate eco-system of the region.
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society
Highlights
  • See the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
  • Explore three Marine Parks in Myanmar and Thailand 
  • Swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea
  • Look for whales sharks and manta rays in the Similan Islands 
  • Hike Bukit Lawang to see Sumatran orangutan
Accommodations
Cruising: Suite onboard Silver Discoverer
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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