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Sailing holidays in Thailand

Sailing holidays in Thailand

The Ultimate Guide to Thailand Yacht Charters

A yacht charter guide that has everything you need to know about your next sailing holidays in Thailand.

Thailand is the top sailing destination in South East Asia and is ideal for island hopping.

Discover breath-taking coastlines, magnificent high peaks, sandy beaches and coral reefs.

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Sailing Thailand...at a glance

Thailand’s sailing area remains relatively undiscovered by tourists and is a step back in time. 

On a Yacht charter in Thailand, embark in Phuket and set sail southerly to:

  • the Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island), 
  • Koh Poda, 
  • Koh Kai and 
  • finally sail to one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Koh Phi Phi. 

On a two-week charter, you can follow the clear customs procedures and enter the Malaysian waters.

Best time to rent a boat in Thailand & sailing conditions

Thailand is a year-round sailing destination and the best time to visit is from November to March.

Wet season: It can get quite humid and rainy from June to October with stronger west winds reaching 25 knots, however, the area doesn’t suffer typhoons and only has gentle seasonal monsoons.

Dry Season: From November to May, you will find light NE winds averaging 10-15 knots and warm sunny weather (average temperature 30 degrees Celsius).

The tidal range is up to 3 meters.

Where to start your sailing holidays in Thailand & how to get there

Most yacht charters in Thailand start from Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket. Some fleets also operate in the North, however, they are very few.

You can either fly directly to Phuket airport (HKT) with Thomson Airways or get a connecting flight from Bangkok to Phuket after flying to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK), which is the country's main airport.

Transfer Time (Phuket): 20 mins

Thailand Boating Holiday Tips

The official currency is the Baht, however, the US dollar and the Euro are also accepted in most places.

You shouldn't miss the Mu Koh Similan National Park which has breathtaking landscapes as well as underwater seascapes created by volcanic eruptions.

This sailing destination is ideal for all levels of sailors. However, first time sailors or not, please kindly note that night sailing is forbidden.

Recommended 7-day Sailing Itinerary from Phang Nga Bay 

⚓ Day 1. Phang Nga Bay (10nm)

⚓ Day 2. Koh Yang (8nm)

⚓ Day 3. Ao Nang Beach (15nm)

⚓ Day 4. Phi Phi Islands (22nm)

⚓ Day 5. Racha Islands (25nm)

⚓ Day 6. Ko Kai Nok (15nm)

⚓ Day 7. Phuket Yacht Haven Marina (15nm)

Recommended 14-day Sailing Itinerary from Phuket

⚓ Day 1. Phuket Yacht Haven Marina

⚓ Day 2. Naï Harn

⚓ Day 3. Thap Lamu

⚓ Day 4. Phra Thong Island

⚓ Day 5. Islands of Surin

⚓ Day 6. Koh Muk

⚓ Day 7. Koh N’Gai

⚓ Day 8. Koh Rok-Nok / Koh Ha Yai

⚓ Day 9. Koh Ha Yaï or Koh Phi Phi

⚓ Day 10. Koh Kaï

⚓ Day 11.  Phang Nga Bay

⚓ Day 12. Naï Harn

⚓ Day 13. Phuket Yacht Haven Marina


Prices: How much does it cost to charter a yacht in Thailand?

It depends. There are many factors that can shape a yacht charter cost. Find below the cheapest yacht charter prices in Thailand today:

  1. Sailboat charter Thailand from 202$ per day
  2. Catamaran charter Thailand from 269$ per day

*disclaimer: Be aware that the prices change instantly every minute and there may be slighlty cheaper boat listings.

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