Sailing in Thailand

Sailing with a catamaran through Thailand as yacht charter or as cabin charter.

Sailing through the island worlds of Thailand by catamaran or sailing boat is one of the most impressive travel experiences you can do in Thailand. You will visit bays with lonely sandy beaches and the most beautiful anchorages for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Thailand offers a variety of sailing areas. The Gulf of Samui is located on the eastern side of Thailand. Here lies the archipelago with Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kut and further south is Koh Samui, the starting point for sailing tours in the Ang Thong Marine National Park and to the neighbouring islands Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

On the west side of Thailand is the Andaman Sea. From the Surin Islands and Similan Islands to the deep south of the Tarutao Marine National Park, there are numerous routes for exciting sailing tours.

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Sailing tours in the Andaman Sea

Experience top sailing areas in the Andaman Sea for sailing, snorkelling and diving.

Most sailing trips in the Andaman Sea start from Phuket. If you are planning an island holiday, for example, you can also make arrangements so that you can be picked up by boat from your island.
Both the northern Andaman Sea and the southern Andaman Sea offer very nice sailing routes. To the north are the Similan Islands and Surin Islands as well as the small islands Koh Phayam and Koh Chang. Please note that the Similan Islands marine national park can only be visited in the high season from November to April.

The southern Andaman Sea covers the entire area from Phang Nga Bay down to the border of Malaysia. Here are well-known islands like Koh Phi Phi with the famous Maya Bay and Koh Lanta, which offers very beautiful mangrove-covered coastlines.
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Sailing in the Gulf of Thailand

Sail through the Samui Archipelago and to Ang Thong.

In the Gulf of Thailand the climatic conditions of the monsoon are different from the other regions of Thailand. In Thailand, a basic distinction is made between the northeast monsoon and the southwest monsoon.

The southwest monsoon lasts from April to October and brings the rainy season, also called low season in most of Thailand. The north-east monsoon lasts from October to April and represents the dry main season. The southwest monsoon brings the rainy season to the west coast of Thailand and to the north of the Gulf of Thailand on the east side.

In the Koh Samui region, the north-east monsoon brings the dry season. The dry season and the rainy season and the peak and off-season in the region around Koh Samui are thus exactly the opposite of the rest of Thailand. So while sailing areas like the Similan Islands on the west side are closed, the best sailing conditions are offered around Koh Samui.
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Pristine sailing areas in the Mergui Archipelago

You sail with a yacht charter or cabin charter through the Mergui Archipelago.

The Mergui Archipelago in the south of Myanmar is a beautiful sailing area that has not yet been developed for tourism. From Thailand you have the possibility to board the sailboats at the southern tip of Myanmar. Here the sailing trips start and end in the archipelago, which is uninhabited except for sea nomads.

The unspoilt beauty of the Mergui Archipelago makes every sailor's heart beat faster and represents one of the few sailing areas still undeveloped for tourism worldwide.

Sailing boats and catamarans are also available for chartering and sailing on board.
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Yacht charter, cabin charter or bareboat

You choose your sailing tour as yacht charter or sailing on board.

Thailand offers various possibilities of sailing. Most of the offers are for a yacht charter. This means that you charter the entire boat including crew for a certain period of time. The crew often consists of the skipper and a cook.

As for the boats, you can choose between sailboat, catamaran and junk.
If you are a sailor yourself and are confident enough to steer a boat, it is also possible to charter a bareboat, i.e. a boat without a crew.

Sailing with other guests on a boat is cheaper than a yacht charter. After many boat owners had stopped this form of sailing offers in the past and concentrated on chartering, there is now again some offer for cabin charters. However, it should be noted that the tour can be cancelled if a minimum number of guests are not reached. Furthermore, many of the tours are purely day trips, as it is easier to reach the required number of guests.

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