Rugged limestone cliffs and islands, contrasted by flawless untouched sandy coves and beaches, warm emerald seas and vibrant ocean wildlife, mouthwateringly fresh local cuisine and the gentle demeanour of the locals – this is just scratching the surface of what a sailing holiday in Thailand has to offer.
In the Andaman Sea, you will find over 130 islands to discover and although the most popular period to sail a yacht in Thailand is between November and April, this colourful country is actually an all year round destination, meaning that the opportunities to visit there are endless. Here we take you on a small tour of the Andaman Sea, showing you some must-see spots, just to give you a visual idea of what to expect when chartering a yacht here.
Ao Po Grand Marina
Here you will be able to explore the bustling streets and Thai markets of Phuket, sampling some tasty Thai cuisine before hopping onto your yacht to begin your charter.
Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island)
You may recognise this unique sight from the popular James Bond films The Man with the Golden Gun and Tomorrow Never Dies. Wind your way through the towering rocky limestone islands of this breathtaking area and enjoy a sundowner whilst marvelling at their elaborate silhouettes at sunset.
Rai Le Beach, Krabi
For those of you who are feeling daring, the cliff jumping opportunities here are out of this world, whilst for those of you who are wanting a day of relaxation, this stunning beach bordered by lush mangrove forests and twisted rocks, is an idyllic spot to soak in the sun and put your feet up.
Koh Phi Phi Don and Maya Bay
You won’t find any cars on this beautiful small, but bustling island. Trawl the local markets for trinkets and you will easily be able to walk from one end of the island to the other. Just a short sail away, you will approach Phi Phi Lei, which is home to Maya Bay. It is here that the famous movie ‘The Beach’ was filmed. Take in this closed off and secluded bay and enjoy snorkelling in the warm waters. It is best to head here in the late afternoon, after most other tourists have visited, just to get the most out of this very special location.
If you‘re searching for a secluded, non-touristy spot to unwind and really absorb the Thai beauty, serenity and cuisine, then you will most certainly find it in Koh Lanta. This charming little island, which is tucked neatly between lush forest and crystal waters, boasts over 10 stunning beaches with each one more peaceful than the last. Furthermore, Koh Lanta is renowned for its mouthwateringly fresh Thai cuisine, whether is it the local market food that is made while you wait, or a long drawn out meal under the stars at a local beach restaurant. Finally, soak in this ancient culture in the Koh Lanta Old Town, which used to operate as this island’s ferry centre until half a century ago.
Koh Racha Yai
A haven for swimmers, divers and fishermen and women alike – this island and its marine life-filled waters will most certainly not disappoint. Koh Racha Yai boasts an underwater shrine, with a few underwater statues still fully intact. For the fishermen and women out there, why not try your luck at catching a fresh giant trevally or mahi mahi to pop on the barbeque for lunch.
Koh Kai Nok
This incredibly tiny island belongs to a small group of islands just near to Phuket. Drop anchor just next to Koh Kai Nuk and explore the tiny restaurants and stalls located here. The clear shallow waters open up some spectacular snorkelling opportunities, especially for the kids.
Thailand is our favourite destination at the moment, for many reasons. It’s incredible beauty, laid-back atmosphere, easy-going locals, Rand-friendly currency (ZAR 0.41 to THB 1), and very reasonable flight prices (starting at R 7000 return per person), not to mention the more than agreeable cost of living in this magical destination, has us booking our charters as quickly as possible!
If a sailing holiday onboard a catamaran, monohull or a gulet in this magical destination is at the top of your bucket list, feel free to get in touch and we can show you the possibilities and help to make your dream holiday to Thailand a reality.
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