With its idyllic weather, perfect sandy beaches, friendly hosts and great sailing conditions year round, it is no wonder that Thailand is a popular destination for beginner and experienced sailors alike. Whether for a romantic get-away, fun family holiday or a relaxing retreat to see the sights of Thailand, a sailing adventure is unlikely to disappoint.
Yacht Haven Marina, Phuket is a perfect beginning and ending place for a charter. The Marina has everything for those last minute supplies before you set sail for Phang Nga Bay, stopping by Phanak Island to explore the caves by dinghy and then anchoring in Koh Hong for for a swim in its large internal lagoon. Still in Phang Nga Bay the next day, visit all the limestone cliffs and islands before heading to the ‘James Bond’ Island for a real tourist attraction. Anchor in Koh Roi for a peaceful night under the stars.
Sail out next morning to Krabi Island where the adventurous can head to Railay Beach to join the rock-climbing rumoured to be the greatest in South East Asia. Others can relax on the beaches and enjoy some local cuisine at the extensive landscape of restaurants.
Phi Phi Island, your next stop, is described in one word as ‘Paradise’. This island boasts not only the best snorkeling locations but a great place to enjoy authentic Thai fire dancing whilst sipping some cocktails in one of the many bars. Sail away to Maya Bay in the following morning, made famous by the film ‘The Beach’. For the best snorkeling amongst the colourful coral reef, wait until evening when the tour boats have gone home.
For your final day and night, set sail for Koh Rang Yai Island via Koh Nai Nok for your last chance to snorkel and enjoy a charming dinner on the sandy beach for an early start and 3 hours sail back to Yacht Haven Marina.
Thailand is notably an all year round sailing destination, with two main seasons that are often fairly predictable. North East Monsoon or Dry season is from November to April and can have wind speeds of force 2-5 from NE. The winds are generally stable, with temperatures on average of 30° C and the consistent dry, sunny nature means ideal conditions for sailing.
The South West monsoon or Wet Season takes place from May to October, wind forces up to 6 from the SW. The wind can make it a little more exhilarating to sail whilst rainfall averages 1-2 hours a day toward the late afternoon. Due to the direction of the wind anyone wishing to venture to the Similan Islands (South west of Phuket) will be unable to do so. During this season, there can be 2-3 weeks of bad weather.
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