Thailand Yacht Charter Itinerary
Thailand’s rocky peninsulas, limestone cliffs, white powdery beaches, tranquil bays and tropical forests make it a stunning destination for any yacht charterer seeking the perfect escape.
A yacht charter in Thailand has a lot more to offer than just turquoise waters and world renowned diving sites. The national parks provide magnificent scenery with colorful birds, unusual plants and scenic waterfalls.
Day 1 – Phuket
All the marinas are on the east coast of Phuket. The island is small, so transfers from your hotel or the airport will take less than 30 minutes. Phuket boasts some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, clear waters, and high-end seaside resorts, glamorous spas and restaurants.
Day 2 – Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is famous for its monolithic limestone rocks and islets. Make sure to visit Koh Panyee, a fisherman’s village built on stilts, and underneath a giant rock face. This is a fascinating place to have lunch and buy local handicrafts. The north of Phang Nga Bay is populated by hundreds of small islands, caves, bays and inlets, ideal for exploring by kayak of small dinghy. In fact, many of the best places to visit can only be reached this way.
Some of the most spectacular caves are around Koh Hong, and they are best explored when the tide is low. Sail slowly past the island of Khao Khien and see the ancient paintings of boats and animals on the rock walls.
Most famous in the area is James Bond Island, featured in “The Man with the Golden Gun.”
Day 3 – Krabi
Heading south, you approach Krabi and the beach at Ao Nang Bay. The mainland tourist resort town Ao Nang offers rock climbing, beach bars and nightlife. More secluded just to the south is the world famous Railay Beach, protected from road access by rock walls either side. The waters here offer excellent diving and snorkeling.
Day 4 – Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta lies on the West coast of Andaman Sea in between Krabi and Phi Phi Island. Stunning scenery, fantastic white sandy beaches, coastlines have more than 70 small islands and plenty with forest, coral reefs and under water life. The geography of the island is typically mangroves, coral rimmed beaches, and rugged tree covered hills.
Lanta is far away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket and Krabi and offers a far more peaceful version of Thailand. In fact, so peaceful that one day might not be enough here, as you slip into a state of supreme tranquility.
Day 5 – Koh Phi Phi
Spectacular cliffs rising vertically out of the clear blue sea, idyllic tropical beaches, and lagoons surrounded by rock walls, have made Phi Phi Islands famous all over the world. This was the location for The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
There is an abundance of snorkeling and diving opportunities around the islands, many of which are uninhabited. Also, many of the cliffs are scalable, and the views of the sunset from above are truly amazing. There is a range of top class restaurants to choose from, and a very active nightlife scene.
Day 6 – Koh Racha
West of Phi Phi are the Racha Islands, a true tropical paradise 10 miles south of the main island of Phuket. The waters are crystal clear, and the sandy beaches are snowy white. The waters around the Racha Islands offer some great snorkeling and diving, and offer the best fishing close to Phuket.
Day 7 – Nai Harn
A 1.5hr cruise back to the west coast of Phuket and drop anchor on the outside of Nai Harn bay. A beautiful anchorage that has some great reefs for snorkeling. Nai Harn is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket so it is a great place to get ashore and do a little exploring. An afternoon tour to visit the “Big Buddha” can be arranged as it is only a 15 minute drive from the anchorage.
Day 8 – Phuket
Near the main island of Phuket, there are numerous small islands off the east coast that can be explored on your final day. It will be tempting to see them all but you will have to make a choice. Maybe do some snorkeling at Coral Island, or feeding the fishes from the beach at Khai Nok. You often see dolphins and occasionally whales in this area so always keep your camera handy to capture unforgettable moments of your cruise around Phuket.
If you find extra time, explore the bustling Phuket Town. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture, along with a tangible quaintness, makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon.