MYANMAR is located between Chittagong Division of Bangladesh and Assam, Nagaland and Manipur of India and Nepal to the northwest. It shares its longest borders with Tibet and Yunnan of China to the northeast for a total of 2,185 km (1,358 miles). Prior to 1989, it was known as Burma.
Myanmar is bounded by Laos and Thailand to the southeast and it has a 1,930 km (1,199 miles) contiguous coastline along the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea to the southwest and the south, which forms one-third of its total perimeter. Much of Myanmar lies between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. Myanmar lies in the monsoon region of Asia, with its coastal regions receiving over 5,000mm (197in) annually. Slow economic growth has contributed to the preservation of much of its environment and ecosystems.
Forests, including dense tropical growth and valuable teak in lower Myanmar, cover over 49% of the country. Typical jungle animals, particularly tigers and leopards, are common. The southern part of the country is the most attractive cruising destination and is easily accessible from Phuket. The highlight for superyacht cruising is the Mergui Archipelago which comprises 800 uninhabited islands and covers an area of over 10,000 sq miles. Permits can be issued through your port agent to cruise all but a few of the islands, but must be applied for at least a month before arrival.
Cruising is uncomplicated and safe but a guide must be taken onboard as part of the cruising permit agreement. There are unlimited cruising possibilities among the hundreds of islands and cays, although facilities for superyachts in the country are practically non-existent