SOUTHEAST ASIA & THAILAND
Asian yacht charters are increasing in popularity every year. The reason is simple: nowhere in the world do you get quite the mix of fascinating exotic culture and stunning natural coastal beauty. The Asian yacht charter areas of Thailand such as Phuket, Phangnga Bay and Similan often defy description. Malaysia’s Langawi and Penang Islands are also known not only for their culinary delights but also outstanding natural landscape. What is more Asia tends to be cheaper than most yacht charter locations and believe it or not also often less crowded and cleaner!
As Asia is gaining increasing popularity as a top yacht charter destination all the main types of yacht charter are available such as crewed motoryachts, sailingyachts, catamarans, luxury yachts and off-course the ever increasing super yacht charter.
Thailand‘s, Phuket makes a perfect base for your yacht charter in the Andaman Sea. Phuket is conveniently located close to Burma, Malaysia and the Indonesian Archipelago. Although the potential cruising ground is extensive, Thailand alone holds plenty to keep anyone entertained on a yacht charter – in fact, you’ll probably never want to leave. Phuket is a heaven of activity with modern resorts, restaurants, nightlife and great shopping, for those who are interested. For those who aren’t, you’ll be pleased to know that once you start sailing you’ll be more likely to come across stunning isolated beaches and wildlife, than flashy nightclubs.
A superb anchorage and highlight for yacht charters, is Pang Nag Bay. Famed for its sea mountains that rise vertically out of the turquoise waters, they truly defy gravity and belief. There are numerous safe anchorages in the bay. Use a tender or dinghy to explore the quaint little coves, fantastic caves and inland lakes. Buy fresh seafood from the local fisherman to enjoy onboard your charter yacht. Grill it up on your aft deck BBQ, or have is specially prepared by your chef.
Cruise on to Koh Phi Phi, one of the most spectacular islands of Thailand. Enjoy magnificent scenery, secluded bays and white sandy beaches on your yacht charter vacation. Follow a jungle trail on a mountain trek or enjoy swimming in the clear, turquoise waters. Relax on your charter yacht and enjoy the warmth of the tropical sun.
One of the best things about Thailand is the way restaurants set up their little tables and chairs on the beaches at night. The candlelight flickers in the gentle breeze and the moon reflects off the rippling water and for a moment, you’re in the most romantic place in the world. Koh Phi Phi has grown enough commercially to have a great range of restaurants and live entertainment to suit all tastes.
There are hundreds of less developed islands also, to enjoy on your yacht charter vacation. The area is home to several national parks and reefs, which offer great opportunities for diving and fishing. 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.
Thailand is a romantic and alluring destination for any yacht charter vacation. It has everything you could hope for in man and nature. The sailing conditions are perfect all year, the environment is stunning, the people delightful, and the food, delicious. No matter how long your yacht charter lasts, you’ll probably leave thinking it wasn’t long enough!
Thailand, Phuket and the Andaman Sea are gaining increasing popularity as a top yacht charter destinations because there are so many interesting things to see and do and yacht charterers really feel like they are in a very different place from home.
Equally hospitable is the enigmatic Vietnam – a country that retains many of the hallmarks of its colonial past, with tree-lined boulevards, open-air cafes and huge bustling marketplaces. Or you may like to journey to Cambodia to relax on its vibrant coastline and visit the legendary Angkor Wat – one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world. Finally, don’t forget to spare a thought for beautiful Malaysia. Deep into the heart of Southeast Asia it serves up a fusion of Chinese, Indian and native cultures along with a rich diversity of attractions.
The best season for Asia, Malaysia, Thailand and Andaman Sea is from about November to about August, depending on the area. At this time of year there is less humidity and virtually no rain as the northeast breeze is blowing. Monsoon season starts around July and runs through to about October and is characterized by high humidity and rain. The temperatures remain fairly comfortable and consistent all year round.