Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in Thailand

Find peace and tranquillity amongst the dramatic scenery and beautiful beaches of Phuket.

Lying just 8° north of the Equator, Phuket is a wonderful sailing area in the Andaman Sea. Phang Nga Bay lies between the island of Phuket and the mainland of Thailand and is a protected, very dramatic sailing area, with a fantastic gallery of giant limestone sculptures rising out of emerald waters.

With 42 islands in Phang Nga Bay, there are many miles of beaches, creeks and anchorages. The beaches are palm fringed, with pristine white sand, crystal waters and superb coral reefs. The snorkelling is exceptional, with stunning coral reefs to explore. You may find yourself being escorted by some of the local dolphins, if you are lucky.

Add to that the renowned friendliness of the Thai people, their magnificent cuisine and culture and Phuket has deservedly become South-east Asia’s premier sailing destination and home to the Phuket Race Week, King's Cup Regatta and several marinas. 

On Phuket Island visit Chalong Bay, an informal yachting community comprising of restaurants, shops, pubs, a yacht club and more. Spend a few days anchored off Phuket’s beaches, including Nai Harn and Kata on the island’s southwest shore.

Sailing north from Phuket, you enter Phang Nga Bay. Anchor between Koh Hong and Koh Yai and take a longtail boat to Koh Phing Kan, the world famous "James Bond Island", visiting  on your way Pan Yi, the local Gypsy village, built on stilts.

The unspoilt area around Krabi has some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the region. There are plenty of locations for a comfortable overnight stop around the Koh Dam Group, which offers scenic year round sailing. There are a number of restaurants around Ao Nang and in Krabi town itself, reached by longtail boat from Pra Nang.

Best time to travel to Phuket is during the cool NE monsoon season from November to March when the weather is sunny and dry with calm seas, though the NE winds are ideal for sailing and keeps things comfortable. The temperatures range from 24-32°C.

The hottest time is from April to May with temperatures 27-36°C and a lack of wind makes it feel very humid. From June through to August, the SW winds pick up, though sailing is still sheltered in most of the cruising area. Brief but heavy showers but the area is less crowded. During September and October there are heavy rains.

The area is tidal with a range of approximately 2m. Experience level 2.


DAY 1 : Embark at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina. Sail into the majestic and magical Phang Nga Bay, (10nm)with limestone cliffs and islands offering spectacular views.
DAY 2 : Visit James Bond Island, the location for the film “The Man with the Golden Gun”, and anchor at Koh Yang (8nm). Or visit Sea Gypsy Village at Koh Panyi (12nm), set on stilts over the water.
DAY 3 : Swim at the fascinating Koh Hong Island, named for its large internal lagoon, and visit Panak Island. Continue sailing to Krabi, another great sightseeing destination, ideal for swimming and relaxing on beautiful beaches. Anchor for the night at Ao Nang Beach (15nm) and go ashore for shopping.
DAY 4 :Sail to Phi Phi Islands (22nm), renowned as paradise islands. Discover the magical landscape of Maya Bay where you can enjoy snorkelling on colourful coral reefs in emerald sea. The movie “The Beach” was filmed here.
DAY 5 : Racha Islands (25nm) south of Phuket island are best known as excellent diving and snorkelling destinations. Racha Yai has a strip of fine white sand tucked deep into the long bay, called Ao Tawan Tok or Ao Bungalow. Racha Noi is uninhabited but there is some great diving in the area.
DAY 6 :Sail to Ko Kai Nok (15nm) a hidden gem with superb shallow snorkelling. Good anchorages on  Koh Yao Yai opposite this island.
DAY 7 :Return to Phuket Yacht Haven Marina (15nm). 

Yachts are based at Yacht Haven Marina on Phuket. Charters start and finish any day (minimum 5 nights), giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. 

Thailand Early Booking

Thailand Early Booking

Book any yacht or catamaran from Dream Yachts in Phuket more than 6 months in advance and get 5% OFF 1 week + extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.


Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

British Airways  and Thai Air have direct flights to Bangkok. Thai Air have daily flights onward to Phuket. Transfer time to Yacht Haven Marina 15 minutes.


Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Whitsundays

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Thailand, Malaysia

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Seychelles, Tahiti

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School 


Spectacular vertical cliffs rising from clear seas, beautiful lagoons enclosed by rock walls, and idyllic tropical beaches have rightly made the Phi Phi Islands  among the most famous in the world. In 1998, Phi Phi Le was chosen as the film location for the movie ‘The Beach,’ starring Leonardo Di Caprio.

Shaken, not stirred: Khao Tapu (a.k.a James Bond Island) is a solitary pillar in the sea. It is the most remarkable attraction of Phang-nga, and has become a popular tourist attraction since it was featured in the 1974 James Bond movie, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun.’

Phuket has its own cuisine style. Local specialties include all kinds of seafood: Nam Phrik Kung Siap, a mixture of dried chili and smoked shrimp eaten with various fresh vegetables, Khanom Jin, a version of noodles taken at breakfast and usually served with a spicy curry sauce, and Phuket-style noodle dishes, such as Mi Ton PhoMi SapamMi Ao Ke, and Mi Hun Pa Chang

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