Incorporating the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia… and more

Southeast Asia Pilot by Bill O’Leary & Andy Dowden

Myanmar Kyunn Tann Shey (Lampi Group) Kyunn Tann Shey (Lampi Group)

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It is possible to anchor just about anywhere off the western coast of Lampi Island, the largest island in this southern group and, apart from the occasional nomadic fishing village, largely uninhabited. The size of Lampi allows it to support much larger wild animals, including leopard and a small herd of elephant.

A THE WEST COAST OF LAMPI 50 miles from Kaw thaung

WEST COAST LAMPI. 10°42.503N, 98°13.658E

Anchor anywhere on sand in 6-12 metres. The mangrove river is superb for dinghy exploring with plenty of wildlife and huge century-old mangrove trees towering overhead.

B PU NALA (BO CHO) 4 miles from Lampi Anchorage ‘A’

PU NALA. 10°40.927N, 98°15.606E

Enter the passage either side of the small rock island and south of the drying rock in mid-channel. Anchor in 7-10 metres on a mud and sand bottom off the eastern end of the small village. The currents can run up to three knots at mid-tide, so put out plenty of chain.

This village is the only habitation in the area and is definitely worth a visit. The local monk at the Buddhist temple is a very welcoming and interesting character.

A local boat builder has recently set up shop behind the bridge in the village. He is constructing traditional Moken boats that are being hand-sawn from trees on site. Take your camera.

C PULAU LABIAUNG (LINN SHU ISLAND) 5 miles from Lampi Anchorage ‘A’

PULAU LABIAUNG. 10°37.448’N, 98°14.342E

A small island with a spectacular white sand beach backed by casuarina trees. Anchor in 6-8 metres on a sand bottom clear of the fringing reef.

Anchorage ‘C’, Pulau Labiaung (Linn Shu Island) - Photo by Paul Johnson
Anchorage ‘C’, Pulau Labiaung (Linn Shu Island) - Photo by Paul Johnson

D KO PHAWT 6 miles from Lampi Anchorage ‘A’

KO PHAWT. 10° 49.040N, 98°12.266E

This is a highly unusual area of mangroves and shallow waterways which is ideal for exploring by kayak and dinghy. There are around 30 small beaches on these islands and probably as many anchorages.

The islands support a thriving bird and wildlife population. It is common to see flocks of over 100 wreathed hornbills competing for a particularly desirable perch on the highest trees.

There are also Asian wild cats, fruit bats and macaque monkeys that make this home.

One of 30 beaches at Anchorage ‘D’, Ko Phawt - Photo by Paul Johnson
One of 30 beaches at Anchorage ‘D’, Ko Phawt - Photo by Paul Johnson

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.

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