Overview – Thailand
Embrace Asian culture on a fantastic Thailand yacht charter. This region’s fabulous cruising conditions and warm 80 °F weather welcome sailors and vacationers from across the world for incredible tropical adventures.
Life around the Andaman Sea thrives abundantly, from beneath the waters to the area’s rich culture and history. Marvel at gravity-defying limestone rocks, mountainous cliffs and densely forested islands. The Mu Koh Similan National Park protects much of the surrounding waters and land, making Thailand one of the finest diving and snorkeling hot spots. Whether you’re cutting through the bay bareboat or on a luxurious, crewed catamaran, prepare to be amazed on your Phuket yacht charter.
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Events & Activities– Thailand
There’s no short supply of things to do during your Thailand yacht charter. Visit iconic sites seen on the big screen— like immense leaning limestone pillars or pristine beaches— attend exciting Asian celebrations, even explore mangrove swamps by canoe or snorkel for a display of brilliant underwater life. It’s hard for us to share all the Phuket cruising fun in only a few words. You’ll just have to experience this unique charter area for yourself! Be it by bareboat or on a fully crewed yacht, get ready to island hop across some of the most exotic waters on the planet.
Here’s a preview of a few things you can expect on your Thailand adventure with Virgin Island Sailing®:
- Some of the finest snorkeling and diving in the world amongst the Andaman Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and neighboring bays and lagoons
- Scenic white sand beaches, crystal waters, towering limestone cliffs and spectacular sailing backdrops
- Historical wonders, such as ancient ruins and ornate temples of Asian and Buddhist origin
- Authentic Thai food, like rice and noodles with fresh ingredients and lots of chilis, whether you’re dining on our catamaran or in your travels
A Few of the Best Places to Visit in Thailand:
- Koh Phi Phi Leh & Maya Bay. Koh Phi Phi Leh is the second largest of the Phi Phi Islands and its Maya Bay was made famous after its appearance in the Leonardo Di Caprio movie, “The Beach.” Besides its stunning backdrop of lush vegetation, its bay is one large coral reef, known for exquisite snorkeling. It’s also the location of the iconic Viking Cave, featuring historic paintings and visited often by tourists. Said to be one of the three most beautiful islands in the world, Koh Phi Phi Leh and its cluster of six Phi Phi archipelago offer days of yachting adventures.
- The Ao Phang Nga National Park Region. This National Park is located between Phuket and Krabi, north of the Ko Yao islands. Its Phang Nga Bay is considered one of the most stunning areas of Thailand, revered for its towering limestone formations— protruding from the waters in a near-impossible balance, with small bases and heavy tops. Many vacationers visit Ko Khao Phing Kan, otherwise known as James Bond Island, after it was featured in the iconic film, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Once anchored, explore the park system’s caves or sea canoe through the mangrove swamps or forests. On your departure, sail to Thailand’s floating village, Ko Panyi, a fishing town resting on stilts over the bay.
- Railay Beach. This small peninsula is located just south of Ao Nang Beach and, though collectively referred to as Railay Beach, boasts not just one, but four beaches— all with different names. Since this spot is accessible only by boat, it can be a more secluded anchorage, cut off from the rest of Krabi by limestone and valleys. That means its green foliage, caves and cliff sides may very well be your private delight. Anchor next to a small fleet of picturesque long-tail boats and get lost in nature. Discover a secret lagoon nestled inside the cliffs or laze with your toes in the sand. Or, venture further inland and dare an epic rock climbing excursion on one of Krabi’s 45 access points.
Thailand boasts a rich culture, and the region’s people sure know how to celebrate. Whether it’s the breathtaking views of candles calmly floating in the river during the Festival of Light or upbeat dancing and extraordinary fireworks shows at one of their many music festivals, there’s a number of religious, sports and ethnic gatherings all year long. Plan your trip around your Phuket yacht charter!
Phuket International Marine Expo
Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankhampaeng
Handicrafts Festival (Chiang Mai)
New Year’s Day celebrations
Chiang Mai Flower Festival
Chinese Lunar New Year
Phuket International Blues Rock Festival
Hua Hin Jazz Festival
National Muay Thai Day
National Elephant Day
Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival
Poy Sang Long Festival
Koh Samui Regatta
Top of the Gulf Regatta
Chiang Mai Inthakin City Pillar Festival
Phuket International Marathon
Pattaya International Fireworks Festival
Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival, Dan Sai, Loei
Tak Bat Dok Mai Festival
Phuket Yachting Race Week
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
Por Tor Hungry Phuket Ghost Festival
Bangkok’s International Festival
of Dance & Music
Mizuno River Kwai International Half Marathon
Chon Buri Buffalo Races
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Loi Krathong (The Festival of Light)
Laguna Phuket Triathlon
Surin Elephant Festival
Big Mountain Music Festival
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta
Concert in the Park, Bangkok
Weather & Seasons – Thailand
Thailand rests close to the equator and is just outside a cyclone zone. This makes the region a gorgeous sailing destination, year round. Regardless of when you book your Thailand vacation, air and water temperatures average in the 80s °F and there’s no short supply of sunshine and crystal blue backdrops. But just like any region, Thailand has ideal times to hit the water— boasting two main sailing seasons.
Its dry period generally lasts from November to April is often called North East (NE) Monsoon season, as mild winds come from the NE. During this time, there’s less rain and more brilliant sun, making it a popular vacation window. The South West (SW) Monsoon season extends from May through October, referred to as Thailand’s wet season. This name can be misleading, however, as rain only typically hits in one to two hour periods in the afternoon or evening. Winds during SW Monsoon are more thrilling too: up to 30 knots at times. Explore our weather chart and choose the best time for your Thailand yacht charter.
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Travel Info – Thailand
Planning your trip to Thailand is fairly easy. Many airlines in the U.S. offer connections to Thailand, including Delta, United, Thai Airways, Air France and more. Most flights to or from Thailand are out of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK), just 20 miles outside of the city center. After landing in Bangkok, simply hop on a Thai Airways flight to complete the final leg of your flight to Phuket. The main charter marinas are only 30-35 minutes by car from the Phuket Airport (HKT).
Reach out with any questions about getting to or returning from your Thailand yacht charter. Our team can also recommend lodging and land excursions, should you want to extend your vacation, as well as provide options for trip insurance.
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