Combining dazzling tropical islands with unrivalled hospitality, the “Land of Smiles” delivers exotic adventures to remember. From its towering limestone karsts to vast powdery beaches and tranquil turquoise lagoons, a luxury yacht charter in Thailand offers unrivalled island hopping fun. Visit golden temples or explore some of the world’s best scuba and snorkelling sites – Thailand’s on-shore culture and offshore experiences are second to none.
Thailand Luxury Yacht Charter
THAILAND SUPERYACHT SEASON AND WEATHER
Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures staying between 25°C and 30°C all year.
Most charterers consider November to March to be the best months to visit when days are hot, sunny and less humid.
From December to March, visibility is often at its best and the Andaman Sea is calm. The wettest months are generally September and October. On the Andaman coast between July and October the sea can get choppy and tropical rainstorms are frequent. As Ko Samui and Ko Phangan do not experience the south-west monsoon season, these cruising grounds can be a better option if you are planning a superyacht charter in Thailand between May and September. The tidal range can exceed eight feet.
THAILAND YACHT CHARTER ITINERARIES
With show-stopping cruising grounds, five-star luxury resorts and first-class hospitality, Thailand is primed to be a key charter hub in south east Asia.
The majority of superyacht charters focus around the Andaman Sea where there are more than 130 captivating isles within the province of Krabi alone. Off Phuket’s dazzling west coast the offshore marine reserves of the Similan and Surin islands offer supberb snorkelling and diving with leopard sharks, octopus and kaleidoscopic marine life.
Phuket is the main destination for luxury yacht charters in Thailand. On the north tip of the island, Yacht Haven marina is located further north and also accommodates yachts of 100 metres. Ao Po Grand Marina is located on Phuket’s east coast and accommodates yachts up to 100 metres and is well positioned for exploring Phang Nga Bay. Also on the east coast, Royal Phuket Marina accommodates craft up to 35 metres.
From Phuket’s palm-fringed east coast charters cruise into the spellbinding Phang Nga Bay, where great fingers of limestone shoot skyward from the sapphire waters. Yachts can take their pick of the multitude of pristine beaches and translucent lagoons. Stop at the Emerald Cave en route to Krabi where guests can head ashore to the vibrant night market, bars and restaurants.
Departing from Krabi, it’s a sun kissed 30nm trip to Ko Lanta – the sleepy island of Ko Pu and its silky coves provide a good pitstop en route. With over 200 species of reef fish, along with whale sharks and kaleidoscopic marine life, Ko Lanta is a nature lover’s nirvana with some of best diving in Thailand.
Around 17nm north west of Ko Lanta, the magical crescents of the Phi Phi islands offer more spectacular beaches, hilltop vistas and fun-loving nightlife. The neighbouring islets, lagoons and coves are tailor-made for more snorkel, kayak and cruising fun – be sure to visit the famed James Bond island.
Cruising around the west coast of Phuket, luxury residences and five-star hotels abound, while the nightlife and markets of Kata and Patong offer a vibrant change of pace. Heading north, it is around 60nm to the untouched paradise of the Similan Islands. Celebrated for its colourful marine life, gin-clear visibility and dizzying array of palm-dotted beaches, the marine park has a back-to-nature charm like no other. Awake in perfect solitude before cruising north to the equally beguiling Surin Islands and, if time allows, on to the mystical isles and anchorages of Myanmar.
Though most charters use Phuket as a hub due to the mature infrastructure and facilities, Thailand’s Gulf Coast also offers some stunning cruising of its own. The glittering archipelago of 42 picturesque limestone islands found off Koh Samui are picture perfect and the island of Ko Tao is world renowned for its incredible dive sites.
Thailand by Superyacht
GETTING TO THAILAND
Thailand has many airports including Phuket International, Ko Samui, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Krabi airport, which all accommodate commercial and private jets.
Current legislation instructs that foreign-flagged vessels must pay a high tax on the value of the boat to be able to charter in Thailand.
The industry and many government officials are keen to change the licensing laws in an effort to expand the charter industry in Thailand and enable it to reach its full potential.
Until the law is changed, visitors can avoid the tax and still charter a foreign-flagged vessel providing the trip starts or ends in international waters. Langkawi, located 135nm from Phuket, is the most common pick up or drop off point for Phuket-based charters.