Thailand Yacht Charters
Visit enchanting Thailand on your luxury yacht charter in Southeast Asia
When you imagine a yacht charter in Thailand, the picture in your head should be nothing but magic. With its white sand beaches, sparkling green waters and verdant, jungled mountains, the views in Thailand are simply incomparable. As if that weren’t enough, Thailand is known for its friendly people, who have earned this raved-about destination the nickname of the “land of smiles.”
Don’t know where to start? The country’s yacht charters take place primarily in the Andaman Sea, near the resort island of Phuket. The sea’s stunning coastlines, with their iconic sheer, limestone cliffs create landscapes that seem otherworldly. Around every corner, it seems, a new pristine, white-sand beach is ready to be explored – from the famous beaches of the Phi Phi Islands to Ao Nang Beach in Krabi. And with 1,000s of islands to discover – like James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay – a Thailand yacht charter offers plenty to explore.
Yet, that’s not all. This country is a dream for adventure-ready charter guests. From Buddhist temple explorations, to jungle hiking and tree-top tours, whether you want to experience culture, fine foods, outdoor sports, or relaxing beach days, you’ll find your days in Thailand are packed with once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Thailand Yacht Charters: What to Do and See
The waters around Phuket aren’t just beautiful, they’re dotted with fun, exotic destinations and plenty of things to do. From spas offering traditional Thai massages, to undiscovered beaches, and gorgeous islands, Thailand’s west coast offers charter guests a long list of adventures, experiences and explorations.
Beach Party in the Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands are in the middle of the beautiful Adaman Sea, and the archipelago is well-known for its out-of-this-world beaches. Maya Beach – made famous by the Leo DiCaprio movie The Beach – is located here, as are plenty of other quieter and just-as-awe-inspiring beaches. (Monkey Beach, named for its native dwellers is another favorite!) Whether you’re in the mood for a picnic, or you want to party around the bonfire, the Phi Phi Islands are a must-visit destination.
Than Bok Khorani National Park
Located about 30 miles north of Ao Nang Beach, you’ll find the pristine jungles and mangroves of Than Bok Park. Known for its waterfalls and planked walking paths, the park offers charter guests a natural refuge that’s perfect for hiking, biking and relaxing in the cool waters of the park’s many waterfalls. Looking for some excitement? The park’s Tree Top Adventure Park offers canopy tours – which turn your trip to the park into a high-flying adventure.
Limestone cliffs dot the coastlines around Phuket and Phang Nga Bay. That’s why climbers from around the world flock here. The limestone cliffs are natural rock-climbing gyms, and they’re also extremely beautiful. In Krabi, the cliffs off Railay Beach offer incredible panoramic views, as well as challenging climbing. Book a trip with one of the region’s many climbing outfits, for a day of adventure.
Thailand’s rich cultural heritage is one of the biggest draws for tourists. And all over, visitors are welcomed by ancient temples in exotic locales. One of the region’s best is Tiger Cave Temple. Located about 15 miles northeast of Railay Beach in Krabi, the temple is in a lush jungle tucked away in the mountains. The ancient architecture, its expansive views, and the temple’s golden Buddha statue are some of the reasons to visit, and during your trip, you’ll be able to take numerous postcard-worthy photos. Don’t forget the camera!
Thanks to Thailand’s tropical climate, the region’s waters are balmy year-round – perfect for a swim or any number of watersports. Surfing is popular south of Phuket in hamlets like Nai Harn, while sea kayaking can be done in any of Thailand’s numerous lagoons. Whether you like kitesurfing, waterskiing, or standup paddleboarding, there are plenty of idyllic coves and beaches to discover in the Andaman Sea.
The Andaman Sea is a sportfishing mecca, as anglers from around the world come here for the region’s bill fish and tuna fishing. Marlin and Sailfish – two billfish varieties – are big game in the waters, as are Whitefin and Yellowfin tuna. Fishing is particularly fruitful during the high season from November to April.
Throughout the province of Krabi, natural hot springs pools are tucked away in lush jungle landscapes, and the waters are rich with relaxing minerals. Check out Namtok Ron, a hot springs waterfall, which is a popular spot inland in the Khlong Tom district. The pools, which sit in the middle of a running river, offer the best of the best in relaxation.
Phang Nga Bay is home to more than 1,000 tiny islands, offering yacht charter guests the perfect landscape to explore by sea. The famous James Bond Island – which was featured The Man with the Golden Gun – is known for its limestone towers and is quite popular. Yet, there are plenty of other lesser-known and quieter islands to explore in the bay. In the south, you’ll find other island chains including the Phi Phi Islands, as well as 70+ islands near Ko Lanta.
Spas and Wellness
Thailand is a destination for wellness, as travelers journey here to take part in mindfulness seminars and relaxation retreats. In every town, you’ll find a spa offering authentic Thai massage, as well as tailored detox programs and exotic beauty treatments. Spend the day at the spa or invite a masseuse onboard for a day of pampering.
Thailand Yacht Charter: When to Go
Thailand’s west coast is known for its tropical weather. Being situated near the equator, the country’s southern reaches can get quite hot, and the region does have a rainy season. For the best weather, head to Thailand during the peak charter season – from November to April – although if you don’t mind the heat or occasional rain, you can enjoy a Thai yacht charter any time of year.
- When to Go: The dry months in Thailand are November to April, and this is primarily when charter guests flock to the country. From May to October, Thailand experiences its Southwest Monsoon, during which the winds pick up and rain is more common.
- What to Expect: During the dry season, Thailand offers ideal weather conditions in the mid-80s. It can get hot, but with perfect-temperature waters, you can always cool off. From May to October, the winds pick up and rain is much more common – there’s typically a rain shower in the afternoon and can rain for a few days continuously. From July to October, the rain is much more constant, with as many as 5 days or more of continuous rain.
- Water Conditions: No matter the time of year, the waters in Thailand are perfect for swimming. They’re bathwater warm – usually in the mid-70s or 80s. And from November to April, the conditions are perfect for sailing, with calm waters and 2-3 foot waves.
Thailand Yacht Charter: Sample Itinerary
A yacht charter in Thailand offers the perfect jumping off point for experiencing the beauty of Southeast Asia. Typically, the main regions for charters are around Phuket, Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea. A typical itinerary will start in Phuket, and traverse to many hotspots in the region, including the Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Koh Lanta, and Nai Harn. Our sample week-long itinerary includes stops in:
- Phuket – The region’s main charter port, Phuket offers plenty to do and see, from shopping and fine dining, to beaches, hiking and watersports.
- Phang Nga Bay – Explore the limestone cliffs and stunning islands north of Phuket in the Phang Nga Bay. The region is home to 1,000+ islands, as well as miles of quiet coastlines and quiet fishing villages.
- Krabi – One of the most incredible destinations in all of Thailand, Krabi offers a variety of adventures to partake in, as well as white-sand beaches and jungle excursions.
- Koh Lanta – An archipelago of 70+ islands, Koh Lanta and the surrounding islands are home to some of the region’s most stunning beaches.
Interested in Thailand yacht charter? Contact your broker with Worldwide Boat to learn more about yacht charters in the region.