Thailand is an independent country which is located in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is bordered in all directions by several countries: Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia and by the Andaman Sea.
Thailand is a renowned yacht charter destination in the South East Asia. The most famous region for sailing in the Andaman Sea, together with Thailand’s 3219km of coastline which stretch along the Gulf of Thailand.
Thailand offers the most exotic and beautiful yacht charter destination in the world. There is over 3000km of coastline; mixed with gorgeous beaches, amazing rock formations, world-class diving and snorkeling spots.
Yacht charter itineraries are famous on the West coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea with Phuket, The Similian islands, Krabi, Phi Phi islands and The Phang Nga Bay with its world-famous James Bond Island, offering amazing sailing amongst some of the world’s most stunning scenery.
Our suggestion for a 7 days charter:
Day 1: Phuket – Phang Nga Bay
Phuket is a small island and the transfer from your hotel or the airport will take less than 30 minutes to your marina. Depending which marina you depart from, you will head east or north towards the splendor of Phang Nga Bay. You can cross through the heart of the bay to Pan Yi fishing village. An incredible sea-village island made of houses atop stilts, complete with homes, shops, schools, mosque and even a market. After exploring Pan Yi you can visit at the north end of Phang Nga Bay: The James Bond Island. The James Bond Island was made famous by appearing in the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun“.
Day 2: Exploring Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is one of the Natural Wonders of the World. You could spend 2 weeks in this area and still not explore everything!The north of Phang Nga Bay is populated by hundreds of small islands, caves, bays and inlets, ideal for exploring by kayak of small dinghy. Some of the most spectacular caves are around Koh Hong, and they are best explored when the tide is low. Sail slowly past the island of Khao Khien and see the ancient paintings of boats and animals on the rock walls.
Day 3: Phang Nga Bay – Krabi
Heading south, you approach Krabi and the beach at Ao Nang Bay. There you will find many resorts, shops, restaurants and nightlife spots. And just to the south is the world famous Railay Beach, protected from road access by rock walls either side. Here you can do some kayaking or rock climbing. Further south the place is very good for diving and snorkeling.
Day 4: Krabi – Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta lies on the west coast of Andaman Sea in between Krabi and Phi Phi Island. Stunning scenery, fantastic white sandy beaches, coastlines have more than 70 small islands and plenty with forest, coral reefs and under water life. The geography of the island is typically mangroves; coral rimmed beaches; and rugged tree covered hills. Lanta is far away from the main towns of Phuket and Krabi, and offers a far more peaceful version of Thailand. In fact, so peaceful that 1 day might not be enough here!
Day 5: Koh Lanta – Phi Phi Islands
Spectacular cliffs rising vertically out of the clear blue sea, idyllic tropical beaches, and lagoons surrounded by rock walls, have made Phi Phi Islands famous all over the world. You can snorkel in warm turquoise water in secluded bays, see the famous Maya beach, used in Leonardo di Caprio”s hit movie “The Beach”, and head ashore to enjoy a beach-side massage. In the evening you can eat and relax on the Yacht, or head ashore and enjoy the restaurants and nightlife of the island.
Day 6: Phi Phi Islands – the Racha Islands
West of Phi Phi are the Racha Islands, a true tropical paradise 12 km south of Phuket. The waters are crystal clear, and the sandy beaches are snowy white. The waters around the Racha Islands are best known as excellent diving and snorkeling daytrip destinations. The other large bay, Ao Siam, is a pretty place where lonely strolls in solitude are possible.
Day 7: Back to Phuket
Heading back to the main island of Phuket, there are numerous small islands off the east coast that can be explored on your final day. Maybe do some snorkeling at Coral Island, or feeding the fishes from the beach at Khai Nok. You often see dolphins and occasionally whales in this area – so keep your camera to hand. It will be very difficult to enjoy everything that the east coast of Phuket has to offer in less than 7 days. You will be rushing to leave each place as soon as you arrive.