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The World’s Newest Yachting Playground

 

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It is not called the Caribbean of Asia for nothing. Yachting in Thailand means cruising in uncrowded waters, where you are more likely to come across exotic local vessels, such as traditional "longtail boats," than hordes of cruising yacht. It means exchanging pleasantries with friendly local fisherman – perhaps even buying their catch for lunch. It also means discovering small island communities, with curious yet welcoming villagers. A surge in the development of marina facilities and in the number of yachts available for charter set Thailand to burst upon the international scene as the world’s newest yachting playground.
 

 

 

 

 

A thousand places to see

Over 1,000 miles of coastline bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, literally thousands of islands, countless beaches with pristine white sand, crystal waters and superb coral reefs, hidden creeks and headlands meeting the sea, mystical sea mountains.  All these combine with a tropical climate to create the world’s most stunning cruising water. Popular places range from:

• The world-famous ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ – Phuket – to the mysterious limestone karsts, mangrove swamps, creeks, islets and perfect beaches of Phang-nga Bay, Krabi, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta

• The almost unknown and unspoiled islands off Thailand’s west coast, heading towards the Myanmar border, to the extraordinary Similan Islands northwest of Phuket and south to the Malaysian border

• The favorite holiday islands of Samui and Pha-ngan in the Western Gulf of Thailand to the mountainous and heavily forested Ko Chang and Kut Archipelagos in the Eastern Gulf

Safe tropical climate

Although in the tropics, Thailand has no typhoons and is not in a hazardous weather zone. Even the seasonal monsoons are gentle. Temperatures range from 77 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit for most of the year, and the average sea rarely varies from a balmy 82 degrees. This means comfortable, exotic cruising all year round. 

Chartering a yacht

Yacht charter is growing in Thailand with easy access to charter bases and operators with a wealth of experience in the business. There are several options of chartering including join in tours by powerboat, traditional-style sailing junk, or classic yacht; bareboat charter from among 50 sailing yachts; and fully crewed and catered. Whatever you choose, you will find superb facilities, engineering and maintenance.

Looking for new frontiers

Residents of Southeast Asia already take advantage of this magical marine world, as do cruising yachts on their way between the two hemispheres. If you base your own boat in Thailand, you may find there is no better base from which to explore the whole region. Thailand’s coast borders three other countries – Myanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia – each with coastal assets of its own. And Thailand welcomes you each time you return.

Keeping your private pleasure yacht in Thailand

For those who wish to bring their own yacht for an extended visit into Thai waters without importing it, a stay for up to one year is possible. Those wishing to leave their boat in Thailand, while returning home for a period of time, can do so. In addition, the maintenance and running costs are a more affordable option.
 

 

   

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