One of the world’s last uncharted seas, Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago comprises 800 islands, atolls, and coral reefs in the Andaman Sea off southern Burma. “Because of the monsoon season between May and October, the seas are rough—sailing is therefore restricted to a period of cool dry season between November 1 and April 30,” says Eric Poepper, operations director with Burma Boating
. “This is a family-friendly cruise, but better for the intrepid traveler due to the mystique and lack of infrastructure.” Electricity and Internet at the port are variable, and, in general, Myanmar infrastructure is about 30 years behind that of neighboring Thailand.
14 cruises you should only take in the winter, The Reader’s Digest, December 2018