Yacht Charter Thailand – Sailing the Andaman Sea
Probably one of those countries every sailor in the world would like to visit, yacht charter Thailand
has plenty to offer in terms of a yachting trip which is why the local marinas seem to have exploded in recent years.
The most sought after regions to travel to while in yacht charter Thailand
are the Phang Nga Bay with the famous island of Phuket
in the Andaman Sea. Here you can find the Yacht Haven Marina or the Boat Lagoon Marina which are just a few miles from the famous limestone cliffs that peer out like giants daggers out of the sea. To the south, you can experience the exotic beaches of Phi Phi Island and the Similian Islands which make a good sailing destination from November to February each year.
It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly makes yacht charter Thailand
so appealing to western tourists but it’s more than likely a combination of all its natural appeal, the exotic civilization that resides here with customs so different from the western hemisphere as well as the lush jungle paradise look that you can see in travel guides.
With 3219km of coastline, Thailand has a lot of yacht charter holiday potential. Most of the pleasure cruising is centered on the island of Phuket and its surroundings. Phuket is the country’s largest island and also the richest province in the country. Yachting here is held in high regard as a couple of exclusive yachting clubs have sprung up along the shores, but there is also a more common market for water sports enthusiasts too.
Another region that is well frequented by yacht charter holidaymakers in Thailand is Patong Beach which is basically a long stretch of sand that has become famous for its wild nightlife attractions that are made famous by young western tourists. If you’re not into loud and possibly drunk crowds, there is a hoard of islands to the southeast which provide a coral paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers.
Because Thailand makes a significant amount of its income from tourism, it tries to make the visiting rules as lax as possible. This means that getting in and out of the country is fairly easy and straightforward, provided you respect a couple of rules. Skippers will find that they don’t need a special sailing permit issued by Thai authorities, they accept international licenses if they match the type of boat you’re trying to charter.
Foreign yachts are permitted into the country for a maximum of 6 months which can be further prolonged by another 6 months. If you intend your yacht in the country further than that, you’ll actually have to import it in Thailand which is a costly process.
Visas are not mandatory for yacht charters in Thailand
for stays of up to 30 days, with the possibility of an additional 10 days upon request. For those that are considering entering the country as a crew, a special one-month, non-extendable visa will be issued for the whole crew.
Try to keep in mind that local customs are somewhat different than in your country. We would advise you to keep decent attire when dealing with officials as a sign of respect. We know that during your holiday you’ll want to avoid wearing a suit, but at least try to wear a short-sleeved shirt and long pants if you’re a man when dealing with an official, or cover up the thighs and the shoulders if you’re a woman.