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Sailing Holidays in Thailand

Enjoy the white sand beaches, fantastic snorkelling and laid-back lifestyle of this unique sailing area.

Come and explore this magical sailing area filled to the brim with shady shores, impressive limestone cliffs, beautiful lagoons and friendly locals. Here you will find the buzz of the busier islands such as Koh Phi Phi alongside the more back to basics islands of Koh Hong and Koh Yao Noi. Fabulous snorkelling can be found in this area as well as great dive sites. Local fishing villages give you a glimpse of a much simpler life and the local food is hard to beat.

Sailing areas in Thailand

  • Overview

    Koh Phi Phi

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    James Bond Island

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    Traditional longtail boats

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    Koh Phi Phi

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    Railay Beach

    • Mile upon mile of white sandy beaches
    • Be amazed by turquoise lagoons surrounded by limestone cliffs
    • Delicious local food can be found on every island
    • Average year-round temperatures of 28 degrees
    • Itineraries can be relaxed or more adventurous
    • Families with older children enjoy the bustling atmosphere of Phuket & Phi Phi
    • The Thailand flotilla offers support & local knowledge
  • Thailand

    Thailand sailing holidays

    A bareboat holiday around the Thai islands offers total freedom to explore this beautiful sailing area at your leisure. Head to the bustling island of Koh Phi Phi and popular Railay Beach for beautiful sights and great nightlife or get away from it all exploring the hidden lagoon of Koh Hong or the traditional fishing villages of Koh Yao Noi.

    For more support and local knowledge why not try the Thailand flotilla.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info)

Sailing holiday experiences in Thailand

Yacht Charter Sailing Holidays in Thailand

Yacht charter

Perfect for bareboat yacht charter in the Thai Islands.

Yacht charter

Flotilla Sailing Holidays in Thailand


The Thailand flotilla is a great way to explore this beautiful area with local knowledge and support.


"First class service from Nautilus. On arrival our catamaran was clean and serviceable and the help given by the base staff was excellent. "

Antigua 2014 - M.M

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.