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Catamaran charter in Thailand
The spicy smells that enrapture your senses, the smiles of the people, and all the shades of green in nature and the sea - these are the treasures you will take home with you when you return from a catamaran vacation in Thailand.
As in many tropical countries, there are only two seasons in Thailand, characterized by the cooler and drier northeast monsoon from October to April and the hot and humid southwest monsoon from May to early September. The best time to charter a catamaran in Thailand depends on the area you choose: October to April in Phuket and Koh Chang (high season is between mid-December and February), while it's best to go between May and August in Koh Samui, thanks to an extremely benign microclimate.
Catamaran Charter in Phuket
Phuket is undoubtedly Thailand's most famous island, and for a good reason. Sailing in the Andaman Sea surrounding the island you will discover breathtaking beaches with the finest sand, seabeds teeming with life, and picture-postcard sunsets.
The charter base is located at the Yacht Heaven Marina, just a 15-minute cab ride from Phuket International Airport. As soon as check-in is over, we set sail for one of the dozens of tropical bays that dot the island. We cannot miss a stop at Freedom Beach, said by locals to be the most beautiful on the island.
The vacation begins at Phang Nga Bay with its iconic limestones. From the calm emerald waters of the bay rise dozens of majestic limestone formations, a perfect backdrop for your photographs. The limestones are full of underwater caves that pop up in hongs, "chambers" in Thai, of lagoons protected by the reef in every direction.
The bay is also home to Koh Tapu, a spectacular limestone formation in the shape of an inverted cone, more than 20 meters high. This islet was renamed James Bond Island after being immortalized in the film "The Man with the Golden Gun"
Sailing eastward we will arrive at the coast of Krabi, full of very long tropical beaches. Among these we can definitely mention Railey Beach, accessible only from the sea and an ideal place for diving and climbing enthusiasts.
. Phi Phi Islands are Thailand's most iconic beach destination, consisting of two main islands and two uninhabited islets. The main center is located on Phi Phi Don, which is actually formed by two islands connected by a spectacular tongue of sand and palm trees that creates twin bays, and sops up wild beach parties every night. Phi Phi Leh is a true paradise on earth, declared a nature reserve by the Thai government. Hidden among the limestone cliffs we find Maya Bay which was made famous by the movie The Beach with Leonardo di Caprio, and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Catamaran Charter in Koh Chang
If you are looking for a more exclusive and pristine destination, the Koh Chang archipelago is the destination for you. This national marine park consists of more than 40 islands stretching to the Cambodian border, and is known for some of the best anchorages in Southeast Asia. Like the Phuket area, the Koh Chang archipelago is sheltered from winds during the northeast monsoon, and the best time for sailing is from October to April.
After an early afternoon check-in and briefing at the small fishing village of Ao Salakpet, we will sail to Koh Rang which is just 5 nautical miles away. The east coast has several white sand beaches from the clear, turquoise waters that offer ample opportunities for snorkeling and diving in the thriving coral reef.
A few miles further east we will land at Koh Mak, where you will be greeted by more than 25 km of beautiful beaches with breathtaking views, and the infectious cheerfulness of the locals. The island has no major relief is more like a classic desert island, and you can explore by bicycle the coconut and banana plantations inland or the fishing villages and mangrove vegetation on the coast.
Most tourism is found on two main beaches: on the northwest coast, Suan Yai Bay offers a 2-kilometer strip of the whitest sand, with a ridge from which there are incredible panoramic views along the beach and sweeping north to Koh Wai and Koh Chang. We will sail around the western headland to Ao Kao Beach, on the southwest coast, to find a number of small bars and restaurants for an evening of local culture.
Our catamaran vacation in Thailand ends on the island of Koh Kut, one of the largest islands in the archipelago, a full 25 km long from north to south and 12 km long from east to west, lying just north of the Cambodian border. Koh Kut today is similar to how Phuket and Koh Samui looked 20 years ago when they had not yet been discovered by mass tourism, with plenty of bays and deserted beaches to explore for several days. Since there are no vehicle ferries landing on the island, we recommend renting a scooter to visit one of the many waterfalls nestled in the jungle for a refreshing dip.
Catamaran Charter in Koh Samui
Koh Samui is the capital of the eponymous archipelago of more than 80 islands, most of which are uninhabited and wild. It is an island with two souls: on the one hand, it is full of pristine white beaches surrounded by coral reefs, and on the other hand, it has a modern and developed tourist infrastructure, with 5-star resorts and all the amenities you could ever need. The high season coincides with the southwest monsoon, which blows from May to September.
Sailing northward we will glimpse on the horizon the island of Koh Phangan. If you love loud music, you can't miss the celebrated Full Moon Party, which attracts thousands of people every month for a night of madness. Here, too, coconut palms surround golden sandy beaches as well as with distinctive limestone formations and waterfalls hidden by lush flora.
Sailing three hours in a northerly direction we will land at Koh Tao, or Turtle Island, a mecca for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts whose seabed is among the richest in the Gulf of Thailand. There is only one road on the island, so many of the best bays can only be reached by sea. Despite being a rather remote island, Koh Tao still offers a bustling nightlife, with restaurants offering culinary delights from more than a dozen countries.
The national marine park in Ang Thong consists of 40 islands and dozens of spectacular limestone monoliths emerging from the ocean. We will sail exploring hidden bays, exotic beaches and uninhabited islands. We will not be able to miss a visit to the incredible lagoon of Koh Mae Ko also called Thale Nai (inland sea in Thai language), surrounded by dense vegetation and sheer cliffs.
Catamarans for Charter in Thailand
The following catamarans are available for your catamaran cruise in Thailand:
Catamaran charter info in Thailand
- When: October to April in Phuket and Koh Chang, May to August in Koh Samui
- Catamarans: Lagoon 40, Lagoon 400 S2, Lagoon 42, Lagoon 450 F.
- Prices: Pricelist.
- Where: Phuket, Koh Chang or Koh Samui
- Duration: Weekly charter with embarkation on Saturday at 6 pm, disembarkation the following Saturday at 9 am.
- Crew: Possibility of chartering a catamaran in Thailand with skipper and hostess or by bareboat.
- Reservations: email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the number +39 347 949 8966 (Luca)
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