Charter a yacht in Thailand with Zizoo, and experience the diverse, green coastal landscapes, alluring islands, fascinating culture and flavours of the land. The sun shines bright from November through April, making Thailand a superb winter destination for sailors from Europe and North America.
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Although you can sail at any time of year, it’s usually best to stick to the months between November and April. This is the dry season that makes for the calmest sailing and island hopping in Thailand. Although travellers from the EU, the USA, Canada, and Australia won’t need a visa to enter the country, you may have to show a return ticket when you arrive. The Thai Baht is the country’s currency
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi is the country’s main airport. The capital city is also home to one of the largest ports. It’s just a 30-minute drive from the airport to the port. Another popular airport is Phuket International Airport on the small island of Phuket. Phuket is one of the most popular beach and sailing destinations in Thailand as well as the nearby Similans. Some of the more popular marinas include Ko Samui, Royal Phuket Marina, Ko Lanta and Krabi.
A culturally rich and naturally diverse country, Thailand offers a vast range of cruising grounds around its many islands. In Bangkok, the inner-city island of Rattanakosin you’ll have a chance to visit the country’s incredible historical sites including the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Phuket is the most popular sailing destination in Thailand. For those into the party scene, head to Patong, which hosts the Full and New Moon Parties in addition to several other parties and nightclubs. Another great island to enjoy nightlife in Thailand is Ko Samui. Toast to the evening at Mini Bar or the Viking Bar.
Thai food is internationally known for its distinct dishes such as green curry, pad thai and papaya salad. Head to the Phuket Yacht Club at Chalong Bay for great food and drinks.
On Phuket, you’ll find many beaches to choose from. Patong, Chaweng and Lamai Beaches are among the most popular, but we also recommend sailing to Koh Hung Island andRai Lai Bay to relax and enjoy the scenery.
A sailing holiday in Phuket wouldn’t be complete without a boat trip to the Similan Islands. Similan Islands National Park, is a top place for scuba diving in Thailand. Take a glimpse of the underwater world of Thailand with its exotic fish, intriguing corals and granite boulders. Near Phuket, head to Chalong Bay, another prime spot for diving. Richelieu Rock is well-known as place to spot whale sharks. Back on land, enjoy lounging on the sandy beaches of Koh Miang or Tachai and take a walk along the intriguing rocks that protrude from the islands.
Explore the gorgeous Gulf of Thailand on your charterd yacht. The Samui archipelago is a dream for sailors. Ko Samui is undoubtedly the best starting point for a sailing trip around the Samui archipelago. Samui is Thailand's second largest island and is popular among honeymooners. Here you can get a massage at the spa or just hang out at the beach. Laem Yai Beach, at the north-west end of the island is one of the most tranquil beaches in Thailand. Bang Rak in the north-east of Ko Samui is home to more great beaches and the famous Big Buddha statue.
Ko Samui is undoubtedly the best starting point for a sailing trip around the Samui archipelago.
Go on a sailing holiday in Phuket with Zizoo, and enjoy exploring Thailand’s largest island. It’s a seaside paradise with a huge variety of excellent beaches to explore, as well as a range of water sports and historical sights to experience. During your sailing holiday in Phuket, it is suggested to stick to the eastern side of the island to enjoy the best sailing routes. You can head to Phang Nga Bay, then to Ko Lanta and the Phi Phi Islands, and later explore the stunning Similans.
Near Chalong Bay, which is Phuket’s main port, is Coconut Island, with some of the area’s quietest beaches. For a livelier experience, Patong is one of the world's premier party destinations. Sailing holidays in Thailand allow you to experience the many wonders that the country has to offer and give you more opportunities to explore the islands at your own pace.
Although most prefer to sail Thailand in the dry season from November to April, it’s possible to cruise year round. In the dry season, temperatures are still in the high 20s to 30s with similar water temperatures. Winds are a calmer, F4 or lower, and make for smoother conditions around the islands. There are two high tides per day, from 0.5 to over 3 metres, meaning that is best to moor by the early evening. Sailing in Thailand is still generally possible in the wet season, especially around Phuket where winds tend to stay under around F6. Though, it should be noted that the most rain occurs during September and October. Rain can persist up to 5 days straight during these particular months.
To learn more about sailing in Thailand, check out our guest blogger's account of her trip in our magazine.
You won’t be able to visit the Similans in the wet season, but experienced sailors may find the stronger winds more thrilling around Phuket. Conditions are generally ideal in the dry season around the Gulf of Thailand too, although, the popular moorings can become busy around this time. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment. Remember you can also book a skipper from Zizoo to help you navigate during your Thailand sailing holiday.
Although most prefer to sail Thailand in the dry season from November to April, it’s possible to cruise year round.