MV Thepnampa is a recent arrival to the Myanmar liveaboards scene, having been renovated in 2016. This European-managed liveaboard offers Burma diving safaris to the Mergui Archipelago of 5 to 7 nights' duration.
With a length of 22m, this hardwood mono-hulled motor yacht accommodate up to 12 divers in 6 Standard cabins, all with double bed and a single bunk bed. Bathroom facilities are shared. Thepnampa is not a luxury option, but with a small number of guests on board you can expect plenty of personal service and small dive groups.
The upper deck is where guests socialise and enjoy their meals in the open-air, enjoying the beautiful views. There is also a large BBQ grill where you can watch the chef cooking up a sizzling storm. You can enjoy the shaded space or if you are a sun-worshipper you can work on your tan in the sunbathing areas of the upper deck.
You can enjoy the spacious dive deck with spaces for 14 divers, 2 fresh water showers and 2 toilets on the deck, adding to your pre and post dive comfort.
Notes: Please note that for Myanmar trips the bookings will be closed 2 weeks before the trip departure date to allow time for immigration procedures.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster (4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torch, transfers to and from Ranong hotels.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 16 per day), dive insurance. Burma visa and park fee is US$ 220. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Thepnampa departs to Myanmar in the morning from Ranong. There are regular flights from Bangkok to Ranong. Alternatively you can fly to Surat Thani from where you can take a bus (3 hours) or to Phuket from where you can take a bus (5 hours). For more information see our Burma travel information section. We will help you apply for an entry permit beforehand. Read more details on Burma entry requirements. The last dive of the trip will be at around 10:00 hrs. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 20% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 65% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 8 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 9 guests).
There are 6 Standard cabins on board MV Thepnampa. All cabins feature a double bed with a single bunk above it. 5 of the cabins are on the lower deck and feature portholes for natural light. 1 cabin is on the upper deck and features larger windows with sea views. This cabin is allocated on a first come first served basis. The 2 shared bathrooms are on the lower deck.
All the cabins have:
Portholes (except for the upper deck cabin which has windows)
1 motorised dive tender - 24m² dive deck & platform, fresh water showers & toilets - 24m² Open-air dining area with TV, DVD player & music system - General books & magazines, fish ID books - Sunbathing areas with sun mats - Water dispenser
Dining comes second only to the diving experience on MV Thepnampa, as you might expect with a tour leader who was a French chef. Diving begins with an arrival snack before dinner on the first evening. The menu consists of international dishes as well as some Thai and Burmese specialties. The chef will also aim to use the BBQ grill several times per trip. 3 meals a day, plus pre-breakfast are enjoyed on the upper deck.
Thai, Burmese and international main meals - 3 choices per sitting.
Buffet-style dining in the upper deck the open-air shaded dining area.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner.
Coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit, drinking water and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Beer and wine are also available for purchase.
All dietary requirements can be catered for, please send advanced notice.
Dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
Example dishes - Roasted ribs with salads and roasted potatoes, Chicken Massaman curry, BBQ fish, Phad Thai with fresh shrimps and local vegetables ...