What are the common features of a shipping charter in Thailand?
Thailand has really easy accessibility with many airports and daily international flights. The major airports in the main charter region are Phuket and Krabi. For example you can also visit the smaller ones on Phi Phi Island. Phuket International Airport has direct flights to Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Surprisingly crystal-clear waters and rich underwater flora and fauna make the region a divers dream. Yacht charters will be rewarded with absolutely stunning views. From the boat you get the best view of the typical dramatic limestone cliffs protruding vertically from the sea.
Thai food is second to none in the world. It uses completely delicious and flavorful ingredients and countless of fresh produce. Thailand is also famous for the friendship of its people. And spectacle mind-stimulation. There are spectacular temples, Buddha statues, elephant sanctuaries and national parks / nature reserves. Nature and wildlife are close to many rare species to admire.
Lastly the tropical climate without any hurricane or cyclone is suitable for motor or boat charge. There are plenty of islands and long stretches of coastline with huge cruise grounds to choose from.
Some important personalities for the Thai Yacht Charter:
Length of coastline: 3,219 km
Population: CA 68,000,000
Country Code: +66
Climate: Tropical, restrained by monsoon winds
Major Charter Areas: Phuket Island, Fang Enga Bay, Krobi Coastline and all islands within
Tidal range: 1.5 – 2.5 m
What are the most popular charter destinations and cruise grounds in Thailand?
The main charter region is in the Andaman Sea, off the southeastern coastal region of Thailand. It includes the provinces of Phuket, Fang Nga and Krabi.
Phuket is the largest island and at the same time the richest province in Thailand. Its flat land 543 km has the right port of call or base to start your yacht charter vacation in just 10/15 minutes at Phuket Yacht Haven and the international airport on the north-east coast of the island. It offers 300 mooring for yachts up to 30 meters, many nautical services, a fully equipped modern gym, great restaurants, a massage parlor, great shopping facilities and much more.
Take the two islands and head for the Raya Islands, about 12 nm south of Phuket. There are beautiful large bays with amazing long sandy beaches. It is a true diver’s paradise and rich fishing grounds and beautiful mountain islands are covered in the rain forest.
The Phi Phi Islands go 28 nm southeast of Phuket. A successful movie between the two islands has served as a backdrop due to the stunning lagoons and cliffs of “The Beach”. It has great anchorages, picturesque beach bars, lots of restaurants as well as hotels and newly built resorts.
See Phuket to Coke Rock Nock 49 nm south. It is a national park consisting of 2 islands separated by a narrow channel which is good for anchoring, diving, snorkeling and kayaking.
With a plain of 1,490 km and 51 islands on the southwestern tip of Thailand bordering Malaysia, Tarutao National Park is a great cruising ground. It is recommended to go from November to April in the dry season. There you will encounter dramatic limestone cliffs, rain and mangrove forests, beautiful views and breathtaking waterfalls.
On the southernmost tip of Thailand, about 20 nm west of the northwestern Malaysian coast you see Langkawi, an archipelago consisting of 104 incredibly beautiful islands, of which only two live. The main island, Langkawi, is duty free and provides very good infrastructure and entertainment for tourists. It was declared a World Geopark by UNESCO. Enjoy stunning views of rain forests, rivers, freshwater lakes, lagoons, caves, etc.
During the northeast monsoon season, navigation along the Crabby coastline is most recommended because the anchorages are then protected. Expand the Fang Enga Bay Mountains – admire the breathtaking limestone peaks covered with oming-raw green rainforests over pristine beaches. Raila Peninsula, for example, is Farah Nang Beach, located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You can find more coastal anchors in the middle of the bay or at a depth of 4 to 5 meters above the sand. There is a coral wall which is great for snorkeling. You can rent a bungalow for the day at a lower price. Along with exploring many caves it is also a mountaineering paradise.
Discover the scenic Fang Enga Bay, northeast of Phuket, with more than 100 islands. It is very sheltered due to its geography, which makes for good cruising throughout the year. There are also some more spectacularly steeply steep rocks up to 250 miles of vertical cliffs where kayaking is possible in the vicinity of many caves and grottoes. Cruising around numerous protected inlets and channels is a pleasure.
Visit the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea 55 northwest of Phuket during the dry season. These are closed for access during the southwest rainy season. It is an archipelago of 9 islands, including Miu Ko Simalan National Park, with wonderfully crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. Great for diving there, you can do a myriad of observations of monta rays and other fish. Stay overnight to enjoy the place with as few people as possible.
What are the relevant weather systems for your Bareboat Charter in Thailand?
The southern and coastal regions of Thailand have a temperature of 40% through the sea air in the afternoon. It distinguishes between the two main asons:
November to April is the dry or northeast monsoon season with mild weather. January and December are the coldest months. January, February and March are the driest months and April is the best month for swimming with an average temperature of 30 degrees.
During the south-west monsoon season from May to October there is a rainy or “green” season. It has a mixture of rain and clear skies and the temperature is never below 25 ° The wind is reliable with an average of 12 knots. The heaviest rainfall in September and October is occasionally non-stop for up to 5 days.
Thailand is close to the equator and has daylight from 6am to 6am all year round. It is located outside the cyclone belt of the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.
Weather Summary for a Bareboat Charter in Thailand:
Month with maximum average temperature: March, 29º
Month with lowest average temperature: January, 27º
Month with maximum average rainfall: September, 400 mm
Month with lowest average rainfall: February, 30 mm
The strongest wind speed: southwest monsoon, averaging 12 knots
Humidity: 82% on average
Average daily sun time: 7 – 9 throughout the year
Main season: European / North American winter, November-April
How much does a yacht charter cost in Thailand and what types of charters are there?
Prices for small boats start at around 2,000 2,000 per week. They go up according to the type of pot, size and equipment. You can choose to rent a powerboat or rent a bareboat, skipper or crude boat for a sailboat / catamaran charter, respectively. Day charters with speedboats or other power boats are also available as an option. Fishing day charter trips are quite popular as well.
What else do you have to do in Thailand except rent a boat?
Join Phuket Race Week on the east coast of the island in July. It is an international naval regatta for a wide variety of yachts and many lively parties are being held during its time.
In the first week of December, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is Asia’s most prestigious reggae and a major social event that attracts sailors from all over the world.
The three provinces of Phuket, Fang Nga and Krabi during the Bay Regata boat ride and thus through the most spectacular sea view of the entire planet. It is known as the “fun race” because of its casual character and is not popular with serious as well as deadly racers. It takes four days and the sailors arrive at a separate anchorage near a beach every day. Most crews sleep on board and many prefer to charter the fleet for the event.
The Phuket International Boat Show in late March is also great for the Yacht Aficonados and is considered the Asian equivalent of the Monaco Boat Show.
Take a look at Koh Panyi in Fung Nga Bay, a full fishing village of about 1,700 people, about 20 nm north of Phuket. Fang Nga Bay has the name of Khao Fing Kan, otherwise known as “James Bond Island” which features a 20 meter high vertical island that served as a backdrop in the 2 James Bond film.
Try trekking elephants and jungles through the quadrangular landscape. The offer includes many safari tours as well as ocean canoe trips, with some overnight / camping options. Do white-water rafting, for example climb the perfect limestone peaks on the Freak Stream on Khang Music Freak Stream in Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to Fang Nga Town and around many caves on the Riley Peninsula in Croydon.
Enjoy the nightlife and hustle and bustle of Patong Beach or Phuket. There are also many beach clubs. Eat delicious Asian street food – you get great value for very little money. Shopping in malls and markets is bright and very diverse. Diving tourism has a huge infrastructure with many diving schools and centers. Visit the sights and see the Sino-Portuguese architecture. Or the 45-meter-tall Big Buddha, a white jade marble statue on a 400-meter-high hill with stunning views over Phuket. Admire the largest and most famous Buddhist temple in Phuket, Wat Chalang.
Families can try one of the many amusement parks, such as Fantasy in Phuket, for example. In addition, there are cabaret shows, movies and zoos. You can take a Thai cooking class and learn to cook like a local. Alternatively, pamper yourself right from the spa by the amazingly friendly and talented locals.
So you see, there is really no shortage of fun things to do in the Thai Yacht Charter. We wish you a great shipping vacation and a great cruise!