Port Takola Yacht Marina and Boatyard in Krabi, Thailand has announced that new superyacht berths will be completed at the site by May next year. The first phase of a ambitious plan to transform the 110-acre site will see the creation of 48-berths that will be able to accommodate yachts up to 40 metres.
Construction will resume at the site, which is being developed by retired Surgeon Admiral of the Royal Thai Navy Dr Suriya na Nagara and Matthew na Nagara, after the rainy season in November. Plans for the finished project include residences, a resort hotel, nature trails, and a museum.
Admiral Suriya is hoping that the marinas location — a 40-minute drive from Krabi International Airport and close to one of the best James Bond locations to visit on a superyacht Phang Nga Bay — will help to attract yachts.
“After careful study, we decided to develop a marina to take advantage of the many positive factors of the site, including its perfect shelter and excellent geographical location,” he said.
Matthew na Nagara added that the plan was to create to a “boutique marina that sits comfortably with the surrounding landscape”.
“The first phase of Port Takola is only modest in terms of scale and facilities but it will be sufficient to provide a great experience to yacht owners and their guests,” he added. “We want to combine the legendary Thai hospitality with the management standards expected by sophisticated international yachtsmen.”
The development comes as Thailand’s prime minister has announced that he wants to make the country a superyacht hub. Earlier this year, Thailand granted its first foreign-flagged superyacht charter license which should encourage more yachts to visit the region this winter. Royal Phuket Marina has also announced it will invest £95 million over the next five years.