The stunning islands around Thailand, which include Koh Samui, Koh Chang, Phuket and the Similian Islands, are the jewels of South East Asia’s cruising grounds, as unusual as they are dramatic. This combined with the warmth of the people, the enchanting culture and the exquisite food will provide you with an incredible vacation experience beyond your wildest dreams.
Phuket is famed for the awe inspiring limestone sculptures that rise out of the emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay, of which James Bond Island, is perhaps the most famous. This is truly one of the world’s most extraordinary seascapes. Take a dinghy and explore the amazing ‘hongs’ or caves, or rent a longtail boat to take you between the beautiful islands of Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, where you can visit Maya Bay made famous in the movie The Beach.
In fact, there are so many stunning anchorages that each night brings new adventures from a moonlight swim to a sunset walk along an isolated beach. Buy fish from local fishermen to enjoy on the yacht’s BBQ or have it prepared onboard by your chef. Snorkeling here is exceptional with stunning coral reefs and if you anchor next to one of the many uninhabited islands and swim from the beach you will find the rainbow coloured fish so near to the surface that you can touch them.
Phuket itself is an exotic mix of exclusive resorts, restaurants and nightlife – in complete contrast to the cruising, where the isolated beaches and verdant islands create a paradise for nature lovers.
The appeal of the Andaman as a yacht charter location is obvious – most of its picturesque islands, are only accessible by boat. However for those dedicated enough to cruise out to the continental shelf, near the Similian Islands, there is some fantastic game fishing and the lure of the famous Black Marlin. The Andaman Sea is still an undiscovered gem for all cruising yachts.
Weather in Phuket
During the November to April monsoon season with its north easterly winds, the weather is dry and settled with calm seas. In May to October the winds are stronger and from the South West so you can expect some rain although the cruising area is fairly well protected. Year round, the temperature is between 28 and 35 degrees C and winds rarely exceed 25 knots.
Koh Samui is a tropical hideaway sitting in the Gulf of Thailand and known the world over for its golden palm fringed beaches and excellent diving. Clear green seas sparkle in the sunlight and the eighty or so verdant islands can offer you the seclusion to recharge away from the bustle of the real world.
Disappear for days on end in this aquatic wonderland, explore the hidden paradise of the largely untouched Ang Thong Marine Park just a days sail away. The marine park hosts endless secluded beaches, beautiful snorkeling and amazing wildlife including sea otters, dolphins, monkeys and huge white eagles.
Weather in Koh Samui
Koh Samui is ideal for cruising between the months of May and October with a tropical monsoon climate including strong daytime sunshine, and late afternoon rain showers. Humidity is high and temperatures average around 28 degrees Celsius.
The island of Ko Chang is a tropical marine national park and Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket. Situated to the east of the country in the Gulf of Thailand it is the best preserved tourist holiday destination in Thailand consisting of over 70% virgin rainforest. Koh Chang is perfect for a relaxed sailing holiday with numerous fishing villages built on stilts as well as some beautiful spots to enjoy your evening sundowner in this tropical paradise.
Weather Koh Chang
From November to April, conditions for a Thai yacht charter are at their very best. The tidal range is from one to two metres, the weather is warm and dry, north-easterly winds are light to moderate, the seas are calm and the sun shines