All About Thailand Sailing
Do you want a truly unique ‘seascape’ adventure? Do not look further; the magnificent Kingdom of Thailand has all the ingredients for an awe-inspiring sailing vacation: warm crystal-clear turquoise waters, 3,219 km of coastline stretching along the Andaman Sea to the west and the Gulf of Thailand to the east, hundreds of beautiful sandy beaches fringed by swaying palm trees, weird and majestic mangroves, caves and lagoons, plus thousands of spectacular islands rich in scenery and beauty beyond imagination.
So, leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and live an unforgettable experience to cherish forever, from swimming to snorkeling to enjoying the amazing underwater world teeming with colorful tropical marine life to discovering the most desirable inaccessible places on Earth and more! Explore! Discover! Enjoy!
Sailing in Phuket
Occupying a unique position as Thailand’s gateway to the Andaman Sea – one of the most rewarding sailing and cruising grounds all over the world, Phuket, the largest island of the Land of Smiles warmly welcomes adventure seekers for a rewarding sailing experience of a lifetime. The east and northwest of Phuket house some of the most stunning anchorages, dramatic scenery, world-class dive sites, hidden coves and still pristine uninhabited islands that make sailing a major attraction among the locals and international travelers alike. Other sailing grounds around Phuket include the Phi Phi islands with spectacular cliffs and lovely beaches, Koh Tarutao and Koh Rok to the south and Krabi Bay – the southern extension of Phang Nga Bay.
Sailing enthusiasts in Phuket will find many tours that ensure a perfect day, one of them being Sailing Yacht La Desirade with its multilingual crew ready to share unforgettable moments with, offering FUN activities, like water skiing, bungy jump, fishing and swimming to name but a few. Do not forget that boating in Phuket is greatly restricted during the months between May and October when the rainy season begins and there is south west monsoon, which can make traveling by boat quite dangerous.
Sailing in Koh Chang
Formed between 200 and 230 million years ago, Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand, famous for its wide variety of landscapes, long picture-perfect idyllic beaches, cascading waterfalls, hushed mangroves and fascinating corals, that is why, it’s no surprise that sailing in this stunning island is something not-to-be-missed.
Down the west coast of Koh Chang, around 52 islands are found, which make up the Koh Chang National archipelago, and sailing in this part will give you the unique chance to enjoy up-close the beauty of these virtually untouched islands and get very close to its varied marine and wild life. This is Asia’s newest cruising destination offering great sailing adventure.
There are many sailing courses and training programs catering for all levels that teach you the art and skills of sailing, including ‘Paradise;’ ‘Andaman Sea Club,’ ‘Langkawi Sailing School’ offering RYA Practical Sailing Courses, ‘Asia’s Premier Sailing, Racing and Powerboat Training Company,’ ‘Topper Sail Phuket’ and others, as well as a wealth of tours that enable travelers enjoy the magic of Thailand at its most best.
The best time to Thailand sailing is, however, between November and April, when the storms are at a minimum, making the waters calm and smooth.