Thirsting for a new winter getaway? Thailand is primed for winter charters with its lovely climate, abundance of islands, excellent diving and wonderful food. Thailand is known as the land of smiles, and when you take a yacht charter here you’ll be smiling too.
It is unique in its culture and scenery, and the smiling Thai people ensure the warmest of welcomes. The country has been catering to high-end tourists for more than a decade. Attractions include colorful Buddhist temples, distinctive food using fragrant spices, and film-worthy yet unspoiled beaches. Cruising here offers a sea of contrasts: you can sail past coconut plantations one day, then towering rock formations known as karsts the next.
Most superyacht charters focus on the Andaman Sea coast in and around the island of Phuket. This itinerary starts here, then takes you all the way south, exploring islands off the beaten path, and ending at the Malaysian paradise of Langkawi.
Thailand’s Prime Minister is keen to make Phuket a superyacht hub, and changes to legislation saw the first foreign-flagged superyacht charter license granted in Thailand in recent years, expected to be the first of many.
While you settle on board, the yacht will head off to Phang Nga Bay, set between the island of Phuket and the mainland. This sheltered bay has more than 100 islands and is famous for its sheer limestone stacks set in crystal waters. Enjoy the cruise to Koh Hong and spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming and snorkeling.
In the morning, your yacht will cruise to Ko Phing Kan – known to James Bond fans as a location for The Man With the Golden Gun. In the afternoon, the yacht heads to Koh Roi. Sip a cocktail watching the sunset and enjoy dinner on board.
From Koh Roi, the yacht will head to Krabi province in the Andaman Sea, and more precisely Koh Hong. This area is famed for its towering karst formations – and if you like rock climbing, you will be in paradise in Railay. Tonight, dine ashore at the Hilltop Reserve at Six Senses Yao Noi resort.
Koh Dam is made up of two islands, Koh Dam Hok and Koh Dam Kwan, and when the tide is low, a white sand dune and limestone beach is revealed, connecting the two islands.
Enjoy swimming and watersports in the afternoon and have sundowner cocktails and dinner on board.
Ko Phi Phi Don often makes the list of most beautiful islands in the world, along with nearby Ko Phraya Nak and Ko Bida Nok – where The Beach was filmed.
Enjoy the morning cruise to Ko Phi Phi, and get ready for a day of watersports.
The snorkeling is amazing, in reefs teeming with fish. Dine at Zeavola Resort and enjoy nightlife onshore.
Ko Rok Nok and Ko Rok Noi are protected as part of a national park. This quiet, remote place is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Have a picnic on the beach for lunch, and partake of a sumptuous dinner on board.
Early in the morning, you’ll make the five-hour cruise to Butang, Thailand’s southernmost islands. Sail to the west coast of Ko Adang and anchor close to the corals, for a beach barbecue and great snorkeling. Have dinner at On The Rocks restaurant at Serendipity Beach Resort on Koh Lipe.
The Langkawi archipelago consists of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, only four of which are inhabited. It’s a nature lover’s dream with white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs, lush rainforest and craggy mountain peaks. Enjoy your last day on board, and perhaps extend your trip to spend time exploring Langkawi. You’ll be sure to leave this trip smiling!