(by: Renske Lauterbach – Marketing Assistant with The Junk Liveaboards)
The explorer in me has always wished to be part of a ‘first time’ trip on a liveaboard. Recently, this dream became reality when I embarked S/Y Phinisi on a 7 night liveaboard trip to Myanmar on Feb 4th 2019.
The Phinisi operates from Ranong in Thailand; this is the town closest to the Myanmar Mergui Archipelago. All guests were welcomed at the B.C. Badin Resort pier at noon. After completing the Thai immigration formalities in Ranong, we all embarked and settled into our cabins. Chilled welcome drinks were served along with a delicious lunch. A short 15-minute sail later, we arrived on the other side of the Kra Buri waterway at Kawthung in Myanmar. Here, the Burmese immigration officers came on board so it was a relatively smooth immigration process into Myanmar. Then off we went; our exploratory trip towards the Mergui Archipelago had begun.