Join In Cruise, a Tropical Sailing Holiday in the Tradition of the 19th Century
SY Raja Laut is an excellent choice for couples, friends or small groups. Book your cabins and explore the Mergui Archipelago in style and comfort with a crew that really knows the ropes. Raja Laut is equipped with a 300hp engine, watermaker, and the latest in navigation and satellite technology.
The Comforts & Cabins
There are six beautiful comfortable cabins on board, each have a rich timber interior, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, hot showers and electric toilets. Raja Laut has everything for the perfect tropical sailing holiday. Three cabins have large queen-size beds and 3 have bunk beds. Minimum headroom in cabins is 2.05m going up to 2.15m.
A main saloon is centrally located between the cabins below deck and the open-planis a feature of the boat with large settees in a U-shape configuration around a coffee table. She even has a wall mounted 32" flat-screen TV with DVD-player At midship is a open deck area suitable for a large dining table, perfect for 10 to 12 people, with a canopy that can quickly be se tup for shade. There is a cargo hatch styled seating area at midship with a skylight providing light to the saloon below.
Aft of midship is the main deck house. The dinner area has two dinner tables, which can accommodate 12 diners in total. The fully equipped galley is separated from the dining area by a breakfast bar.
The fully-equipped navigation and captain's area is located aft of the galley leading to the outside helm and poopdeck seating area above the transom. The captain has a separate air-conditioned cabin with toilet and shower.
Chartering the whole boat with crew is perfect for groups. She has recreational equipment such as fishing and snorkelling gear.
Check out the 6 day itinerary. It's a liesurely cruising, island hoping and beach combing holiday! Book at least 4 months in advance, don't delay please!
Tour Itinerary & Map (below)
A driver and guide will meet you at the airport in Kawthaung (Myanmar) or in Ranong on the Thai side of the border and you'll be on board the Raja Laut relaxing in no time. On deck, welcome drink while we glide toward the Mergui!
Enjoy the rest of your day on the beach exploring around Hastings Island. The beaches are rich with exotic seashells. We’re now close to some settlements inhabited by the indigenous Moken people and we decide to visit them. Get ready for one of the real highlights of your holiday!
Set sail early in the morning so that we will arrive at Lampi Island, the largest in the region. Enjoy brunch on board and visit a village of Moken sea gypsies. Buy some fish or squid for dinner before sailing northwest later in the day to the gorgeous Clara Island.
The water is exceptionally clear here, yes!
The experienced crew does all the sailing for you but if you want to give it a go, why not. We have a hunch that you will probab;ly want to kick back and relax on empty beaches or lounge on board with a drink in your hand and of course, when the time is right we can race with the dolphins. The cabins, kitchen and dining galley aboard the Meta IV are air conditioned. The fine food and professional crew makes this an easy experience for you.
Today we cruise to Pila Island and a beautufl cruise it is. We will try a little fishing for tuna again. We will enjoy a barbeque on the long beach and go for a jungle walk along a little creek. This is a good place for bird watchers or monkey watchers. Hornbills are a popular sight here.
Before a relaxed sunset, we cool down by snorkelling in the azure water.
The islands here teem with wildlife and some might want to go for a morning hike up the hills. See hornbills in the tops of giant trees and hunters roasting mouse deer on the beach. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a civet cat before we set sail again. Enjoy your time on the beach and have a great swim. We set sail over night.
Today is a busy day sailing as we spend most of the day on the water, only stopping for a dip in the open ocean! Some get busy sailing, others lie on deck and watch the dolphins jump. Tonight, it’s dinner on the beach at Zadetky iIsland.
Again we spend most of the day on the water, this is a terrific sailing experience. Watch the crews pick up the winds and calmly sail, only stopping for a dip in the open ocean! You can get busy sailing if you like, others lie on deck and watch the dolphins jump.
After a long brunch, later in the day, we sail back into Kawthaung.
Good to Know
Snorkelling equipment and fishing rods and misc equipment are supplied which helps with the days fresh catch on board! You are in fising heavan for tuna, barracuda, mahi mahi, giant trevally, Spanish mackerel or snapper while sailing.
You will enjoy all the fun activities that you already love. Delicous food, 3 meals per day, beverages and a well stocked bar, beach combing, hiking, trekking, trail blazing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, relaxing, star gazing, watching dolfins and bird watching.
Sailing conditions during December to February are perfect, with warm, sunny weather, a steady 20 knots of wind, and calm seas. March and April have a bit less wind, which is why they are the best time for diving and snorkelling with clear water. There are numerous large islands providing hundreds of protected anchorages in sandy or muddy bottoms. The region provides safe sailing, with few under-water obstacles or dangerous reefs. In case we encounter days without wind, there is enough to explore in the water and on land to keep us busy.
The Indigenous people of the Mergui Archipelago are the Moken, a tradional people who live off, and on, the sea. Known as "sea-gypsies", the Moken are an ethnic minority leading a traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle, dominated by diving for sea cucumbers, fishing and bartering. You will visit Moken villages and enjoy Moken food, buy fresh cuttlefish, and watch men building dugout canoes the way they have been made for a millennia. Myanmar is home to more than 100 ethnicities from the Sino-Tibetan, Tai, and Austroasiatic ethnolinguistic groups and you will see an array of starkly differing features amongst the people you’ll meet.
Getting There is Easy
This cruise departs from the south of Kawthaung, Myanmar, just across the border from Ranong, Thailand.
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Terms & Conditions
Myanmar Introduces New Online Visa Application Effective August 2014!
- You must travel to Myanmar within 90 days of Visa application
- Foriegners can stay in Myanmar for up to 28 days
- Please ensure that your passport has sufficient validity (over six months) before traveling to Myanmar.
- The tour price does not include the $250 USD fee that the Myanmar Government charges each guest as an entry into the Mergui Archipelago.
Booking the Tour:
- Guests up to 12 persons for Raja Laut
- Suggest booking a minimum of 4 months in advance during regular sailing season (October 1 to April 30)
- Allow up to 24 hours for TourChoice.com to confirm your booking after you submit your request to us
- Pricing is per person
- Price in USD inclusive of all local taxes and VAT, 10%
- We accept secure payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal
- TourChoice does not receive any customer sensitive data from credit card processing companies
- Prepayment in full once your reservation has been confirmed if booking is 6 weeks or less in advance of tour start date
- Full and final payment must be paid 6 weeks prior to departure
- If booking more than 6 weeks in advance a 50% deposit is required after your cabin has been confirmed
- A booking voucher & invoice will be emailed to you immediately upon confirmation of your reservation
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Cruise Cancellation and Refund:
If prior to commencement of the cabin charter, TourChoice.com and/or tour operator cancels the sailing, the guest shall be entitled to a full refund without interest. The guest shall not be entitled to any compensation or penalty payments.
If a guest cancels, the following fees will apply:
- 50% of the booking fee if the booking is cancelled 6 to 12 weeks in advance of the tour start date
- 80% of the booking fee if the booking is cancelled 4 to 6 weeks in advance of the tour start date
- 100% of the booking fee if the booking is cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to the tour start date. The same applies for no shows.
- The yacht will wait for 2 hours for any guest who does not arrive on time.
- It is recommended that guests purchase trip cancellation insurance for any tours or holidays.
- Name: Raja Laut
- Type: Gaff-rigged topsail schooner
- Builder: G.E.K Carraz
- Designer: Carraz / Bosgraaf
- Year built: 2005
- Length overall: 31 meters
- Length on deck: 26 meters
- Length waterline: 22 meters
- Beam: 7.2 meters
- Draft: 3.0 meters
- GRT: 115 tons
- Hull construction: Carvel planked on frame, through-bolted to internal stringers
- Rig designer: Bosgraaf, Amsterdam
- Sail Area: 330 square meters
- Interior finish: Varnished timber
- Exterior finish: Cream grey hull, varnished deckhouses
- Fuel: 7000 litres
- Fresh water: 3000 litres
- Engine: Yanmar 6HADTE 300HP Turbo 6 cylinder diesel engine
- Gearbox: Yanmar hydraulic YP15 Ratio 3.3:1
- Gensets (x2): Mitsubishi-Marelli 28kw 3 phase
Electronics & Navigation
- VHF West Marine 550
- Handheld VHF x3
- SSB Icom 4
- Depth Sounder Furuno LS4100
- GPS Furuno GP 32
- Navtex NX 300
- Integrated Radar /Plotter/Sounder Simrad CX44E located next to wheel
- Fleet 33 satelite communication
- Audio system with 2 interior and 2 exterior speakers
- 32" Wall mounted flat screen TV & DVD player
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