Enjoy the best of Thailand when you charter a yacht in Phuket with Zizoo. Phuket is a tropical paradise where enchanting beaches, flavourful cuisine and historic sites are just waiting for you to discover.
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The alluring island of Phuket is located in the Andaman Sea off the south-western coast of Thailand. From November to April, enjoy the driest weather and optimal sailing conditions during your sailing holiday in Phuket. Visitors from the EU, the USA, Canada and Australia won’t need a visa to enter the country, but you may have to show a return ticket upon arrival.
Phuket International is the island’s main airport, just a 10-minute drive from the centre of Chalong Bay. Currency is the Thai Baht, and there are a great number of marinas and harbours catering to sailors in the area. Chalong Bay is the primary marina for sailing holidays in Phuket and gives you easy access to the surrounding islands, which also offer numerous anchorages.
From touring rainforests to lounging on sunny beaches, a trip to Phuket offers activities for everyone. In addition to being an ideal base for sailing holidays in Thailand, Chalong is a historical city with several temples and the impressive Big Buddha statue atop Naka Kerd Mountain. Enjoy delicious seafood at Kaneang 2 and Kan Eang restaurants, right on the water. Patong is a world-famous beach resort town with its thrilling Full Moon parties and a large variety of great bars. Kamala is one of the calmer beaches, away from the revellers and located to the north. Elephant trekking is another popular activity here, and certainly a unique way to tour the area when ashore.
From touring rainforests to lounging on sunny beaches, a trip to Phuket offers activities for everyone.
Phuket is also an ideal sailing destination because of the many islands that are within easy reach including, Mu Ko Similan National Park, a collection of nine granite isles, the largest of which is Ko Similan.
For those looking for water sports, Chalong Bay is a great place to go diving, with a number of companies offering experiences below the crystal clear waters surrounding Phuket. Nearby islands include Ko Racha, Phi Phi and the Similans offer some of the best diving experiences in the whole country. Back on the main island, you can also go diving at the beaches of Patong, Kata and Karan. A sailing holiday in Thailand can also be accompanied by a visit to one of the many spas around Phuket which make for a highly relaxing experience in between island hopping.
One of the most popular routes for sailing in Phuket will take you along its eastern coast. You can start by sailing up the northeastern coast up to the alluring Phang Nga Bay. Take some time to explore this striking area that has many islets, caves and bays that can be explored by dinghy or kayak in Phang Nga Bay. You can then follow the coast around to the province of Krabi down to Ko Lanta. From Ko Lanta, you can sail back to Phuket making stops in the Phi Phi Islands. If you want to spend longer in the area or stick to the area around the Similan Islands, then head south from Ko Ba Ngu, past Miang and Payan to Hin Pousar.
One of the most popular routes for sailing in Phuket will take you along its eastern coast.
Around Phuket Island itself, you can head up to the northern edge and dock at The Yacht Haven, around the quieter beaches of the island, with hundreds of moorings available. Then, sail back down to dock on buoys at Royal Phuket Marina and sail past scenic Coconut Island before moving on to the Similans. A sailing holiday will give you a unique perspective of Phuket and its surrounding islands which is often missed by those who travel by land and stick to the main beaches.
Take some time to explore this striking area that has many islets, caves and bays that can be explored by dinghy or kayak in Phang Nga Bay.
Weather conditions are warm year-round, but the best time to plan a sailing holiday in Phuket is from November to April with the weather is warm and dry. During Thailand’s dry season, the temperatures average in the high 20s to 30s with similar sea temperatures. Around the main island, expect waves usually under a metre. Expect two high tides a day, ranging from 0.5 metres to over 3 metres, with moorings needing to be completed by about 5:00pm to account for this.
Weather conditions are warm year-round, but the best time to plan a sailing holiday in Phuket is from November to April
During dry season, winds are calmer, at a steady F2 to F4 on average from the north-east. This is the ideal time to visit the Similans, and also explore the western coast of Phuket including Patong. However, boat trips are popular year-round in Phuket, and experienced sailors may enjoy the thrill of the wet season, with winds still not usually beyond F6. Note though, that you won’t be able to visit the Similans during this period as the waters are too rough. You can also book an experienced skipper together with your Zizoo sailing holiday in Phuket. Then all you will have to do is sit back and enjoy.
As a year-round sailing destination, Thailand makes for a great winter escape. To discover more winter sailing destinations, check out our feature here.