The magical islands of Thailand are waiting to be explored on your luxury yacht charter. For diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, the crystal clear waters of the Andaman sea are bursting with colorful fish, corals, and marine life.
Thailand boasts a rich diversity of cultures, a wonderfully tropical climate, and world-famous warm hospitality towards all its tourists. These shores have a rich cultural history, with each island boasting distinctive scenery and exciting opportunities for adventures. Thai people are known for their welcoming spirit, with the islands nicknamed ‘The Land of the Smiles’. The region also boasts some of the most beautiful sailing in the world, with untouched islands, sublime beaches, and warm waters, perfect to explore on a luxury yacht charter.
Renowned for its stunning diving, adventures underwater in Thailand can include shipwrecks, caverns, deep drop-offs, and thriving reefs. The crystal clear blue waters of the region are undeniably beautiful. The Similan and Surin Islands are world-famous for their waters that burst with an abundance of fish. For witnessing the otherworldly grace of whale sharks and manta rays, many yachts cruise to the islands of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Haa. If you’re a keen diver with years of experience, or a novice wishing to try out a new hobby, the variety of dive areas in Thailand means there is something for everyone.
When ashore, you can immerse yourself in the colorful Thai culture in Phuket, with a thriving food scene, Buddhist temples, and busy night markets, visitors will be amazed by this remarkable place and its people.
Phuket, with some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, is a must-sea destination and a great place to begin your charter. Explore the thriving Ranong day market in Phuket Town, located in the historical commercial district, and visit Wat Chalong temple, the most important of the island’s 29 Buddhist temples. Cruise to Phang Nga Bay, famous for its monolithic limestone karst islets and emerald-green waters. Make a stop at the James Bond Island, seen in “The Man with the Golden Gun” movie, a favourite destination among tourists. Save time for the fishing village of Koh Panyi; this one of a kind village, with a population of 360 families, is notable for being built on stilts by fishermen.
Move on to the stunning Krabi province, home to 52 islands ringed by coral reefs and powdery white-sand beaches. Anchor off of Ko Phi Phi Don, known for its snorkelling, diving and rock climbing. Choose one of the stunning beaches to anchor during the day and in the evening, explore the nightclubs and enjoy a fire show at Carlitos. There are no roads on Ko Phi Phi Don, so take your yacht to remote Hat Yo beach near the island’s southern tip and stretch out on its white sand. At your next stop, Ko Lanta Yai, go horseback riding among umbrella trees and enjoy a spicy seafood meal on the waterfront in Ban Sala Dan.
Return north to Phi Phi Don’s smaller sister island, marked by soaring cliffs. Discover Ao Maya, a spectacularly beautiful lagoon surrounded by 100 metre tall cliffs on three sides, and the stunning setting of the film “The Beach.” You can only visit the bay from November to April, as large waves make the entrance dangerous for boats during the other months of the year. Snorkel in crystal waters along its coral reef and spot a huge variety of fluorescent, colourful fish. Cruise to Nai Harn, a picture-pretty bay and home to the Royal Phuket Yacht Club. Tour the club’s model boat room and stay for an elegant dining experience. Head north to Katong beach for an exotic Thai spa treatment in one of its upscale resorts, then backtrack to Patong Bay and walk along its long, inlaid mosaic street lined with boutiques.
If you are in Thailand during the month of November, make sure to light your own “floating lantern” and launch it into the sky, a tradition during the Loi Karathong festival.
Best Time To Visit: When it comes to traveling to Southeast Asia, the most popular times to visit the region are between October and April, which means guests will miss the rainy seasons. However, the sheer size of the area means that the weather does vary between each destination.
Key Cruising Areas: Phuket is the undisputed pearl off Thailand, and a wonderful place to start your yacht charter, as you can sail to the hundreds of tiny islands in the South Andaman sea. The marine life in Thailand is unbelievably colorful and varied, and for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts The Similan Islands is a must-visit destination, a small archipelago named one of the best diving spots in the world.
Don’t Miss: Take a tender or drop anchor near Khao Phing Kan, the famous rock formations and islands from the James Bond film. Explore the area by kayak and take in the striking landscape.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Phuket, Thailand has a thriving gourmet food scene. Pru is Phuket's first restaurant awarded a Michelin star, with fresh dishes made from Thai ingredients that have been sustainably sourced and organically grown on the restaurant's farm.
Best Local Dish: Fragrant and fresh, Thai food is unlike any other cuisine. Usually noodle or rice-based, popular dishes include the Mu Hong (slow-braised pork belly with pepper and garlic), Kaeng Pu Bai Cha Plu (fresh crab meat in coconut milk) or Mee Hokkien Noodles (chicken in a dark soy sauce).
Local Culture: The colorful culture of Thailand is unforgettable. The rich history of the country is influenced by Buddhism, and you can visit many temples throughout the country to learn more. Make sure to stop by the Tha Hua Phuket History Museum for an insight into Phuket's past.
Best Beach: As you set sail through the hundreds of Thai islands, you will find unspoiled and untouched beaches with no other person in sight. Each person who visits Thailand will find their own private paradise to enjoy. The twin islands of Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi are stunning off-the-beaten-track beaches that are just a short yacht charter from the hustle and bustle of Phuket.
IYC recommends: Fifty-five kilometers off the Thai mainland lies the Surin Islands National Park, a stunning destination made up of five islets. Divers will enjoy the spectacular underwater life that is waiting to be explored. Head to Ko Tachai, an isolated island known for its easy snorkeling locations. Koh Tachai Plateau, the most famous of the islands, is a submerged plateau of hard corals and boulders.
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