Thailand yacht charter
The paradise waters surrounding the ‘Land of a Thousand Smiles’ are the perfect cruising grounds. Over 5,000 miles of coastline beckon with diverse charter activities on offer from pelagic diving in beautiful turquoise waters or kayaking through magnificent historical sites.
A YACHTZOO luxury yacht charter in Thailand should be combined with a route that takes in Myanmar or the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the north, or Malaysia and Indonesia to the south. Due to the relatively recent growth in popularity for yachts visiting the region, Thailand offers a more peaceful and less developed alternative charter destination to the traditional Caribbean season.
The country’s famous hospitality is evident across Thailand, and a charter can be tailored to any group’s preferences, from family-friendly, wildlife-packed tours to a culturally rich exploration of ancient temples and vibrant gastronomy.
Selection of available Yachts in Thailand
What kind of experiences are there to enjoy on a luxury yacht charter in Thailand?
Koh Miang is the postcard-perfect place for exploring the white-sand beach and enjoying a sundowner with an elegant evening meal set up by the crew. At Koh Bon north of the Simian Islands you will find the best dive site for manta rays, and keep your eyes peeled for the local leopard sharks and rare purple fire goby.
The idyllic island paradise of Koh Tachai is a great spot for tropic snorkelling or diving, while you are most likely to experience diving with a whale shark at Richelieu Rock. Or head out on the yacht’s toys for fun on the water with jet skis, towables or kayaks.
Myanmar is an adventurous alternative to renting a yacht in Thailand. Undeveloped natural beauty and stunning waters will welcome you. Take a swim with some gentle elephants or explore the lush tropical forest.
If you are heading south from Phuket, venture into the protected waters of Phangnga National Park to visit the fascinating floating muslim village of Koh Panyi, where fishermen live beneath the sheer limestone cliffs in houses on stilts. At Koh Khai Nok, you will find lush forests to hike, and mysterious tunnels through vast rocky cliffs.
In Krabi Province, drop anchor near Ban-Bor Thor village and take to the kayaks to explore the 10 historical cave painting sites, passing through mangroves and limestone sea caves along the way.
On the Racha Islands, head into the green hills and walk among the coconut plantations of Racha Yai of the Racha Islands before enjoying a five-star dinner enjoying the unbeatable sunsets.
Settled on the idyllic western shores of Phuket, the Amanpuri has been voted as the best spa in Asia numerous times. This Aman Spa offers an extensive selection of treatments including roasted coconut scrubs and sandalwood wraps, and activities such as yoga and meditation are also on offer. Those not so keen on a spa day can play a round at one of the five nearby golf courses.
When is the best time to rent a yacht in Thailand?
The most popular times to visit Thailand on a yacht are between November and April, when the weather is generally more sunny and drier, and the waters are calmer with better visibility.
In November, the average high temperature in Phuket is approximately 31C (88F), while in April it is 33C (91F). The sea temperature in November is usually around 29C (84F) and 30C (86F) in April.
Where can you visit on a yacht charter in Thailand?
A popular point of embarkation on a yacht charter in Thailand is the island of Phuket, to the west of the mainland.
From here you can head north towards Koh Miang, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock before reaching the increasingly popular cruising grounds of Myanmar or the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Alternatively, travelling south from Phuket will take you through Koh Panyi, Koh Khai Nok, Krabi and the Racha Islands. Further afield, yachts may continue on to cruise in Indonesia and Malaysia as part of a longer trip.
What are the major yachting ports in Thailand?
Phuket has the most developed infrastructure for luxury yachts in Thailand, with a number of marinas able to berth superyachts. Ao Po Grand Marina, close to Phang Nga Bay, has a capacity for superyachts up to 80 metres in length as well as a range of facilities including restaurants and bars, plus residential properties. On the north-east coast of the island, Phuket Yacht Haven can take superyachts up to 100 metres in length and is close to Phuket’s airport and luxury resorts, with a number of onshore facilities including a swimming pool, gym, restaurant and service providers.
When cruising in other parts of Thailand, superyachts tend to spend most of their time at anchor as there are few marinas capable of providing berths for large vessels.
There are also marina developments capable of taking superyachts near the capital city of Bangkok, should you be seeking a yacht charter in the Gulf of Thailand, though this is a less common yachting destination than off the west coast of the mainland.