One of the many appeals of a sailboat charter in Thailand is that it is home to some of the world’s first-class beaches. Picture: sugar-white sands, soft beneath your feet with impossibly clear aquamarine waters rushing in between your toes, on a beach lined with coconut palms and postcard-worthy views onto the ocean. This will be the reality of a boat rental holiday on any of the Thai islands.
The island of Koh Phi Phi Don is home to Maya Bay, where the 2000 movie, ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo Dicaprio, was filmed; so, if you’re not sure what to expect, have a look! Other glorious coastline to explore from your sailboat includes Tham Phra Nang on Krabi; glittering golden sand surrounded by striking cliffs, with a backdrop of lush greenery to make you truly feel secluded from civilization. Or check out White Sand Bay on Koh Chang, where palms fringe the glorious bay, backing onto breathtaking hills cloaked in emerald forest. You don’t have to sail far to reach a new corner of paradise when cruising in Thailand; it’s pretty much a guarantee at every anchorage.
But be aware; the country’s astonishing beauty is no secret, so if you want to avoid boat-loads of day-tripping backpackers and tourists during your sailboat charter, try and head to the more popular spots such as Maya Bay in early morning or later evening to get a quieter, more authentic experience.
Phuket is a hub within Thailand and South East Asia as a whole; attracting backpackers from all over the globe for decades to explore its alluring landscapes and towns, there is more than enough to keep you busy if you rent your sailboat from here! With more than 30 beaches, you can easily find the perfect one to suit you, whether you’re with a family and want safer surroundings, or wanting to party at an epic beach bar with hundreds of likeminded travelers, or simply wanting a secluded corner to take a break from the brilliant bustle of island life; there will be a spot for you!
Though the nightlife is not a defining characteristic of this island, it will not disappoint if this is the scene you are seeking during your sailboat charter. Otherwise there are an endless list of other spots to explore on and around the island, before, during or after your sailing excursion. You can stroll through the old town, rummaging through locally made artisan souvenirs, clothes and gifts, and spend evenings trying out a world-famous cabaret show or wander the night markets, sampling delectable street-food delicacies, and marveling at street performers who won’t fail to impress! Or spend your days discovering the unique Buddhist culture of Thailand, exploring the temples such as Wat Chalong, or visiting the Big Buddha, located on top of Nakkerd Hills.
From Phuket, you can navigate your sailboat to the Similan islands – a favourite spot with divers due to the impossibly translucent waters and magnificent corals or take a trip to Phang Nga Bay where the picturesque sight of limestone cliffs cropping out of the water, as well as anchorages such as James Bond island and Koh Panyee.
Sailing in Thailand is dream – that is if you pick the right season! If you want a sailboat charter exploring the waters around Phuket and Krabi, then November – April is your window for long, glorious days of sunshine and high temperatures. However, if you want to hop across the mainland and rent your boat from Koh Samui or Koh Chang, you’ll want to charter between May - October to avoid endless monsoon rains and enjoy the tropical paradise the way it should be!
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