The most famous Yacht Charter destination in Thailand is the Phang Nga Bay between the island Phuket and Langkawi at the border to Malaysia. You can set sails from Yacht Haven Marina or Boat Lagoon that are just a few miles from the famous vertical limestone cliffs that peer like giant dents right out of the sea. Sailing south will bring you to the tropical beaches of Phi Phi Island. From November until February an excellent charter cruise destination are the Similian Islands at the Andaman Sea.
Thailand is the most popular destination for tourists in South-East Asia. There is something about this country that seems to be very appealing to all people coming from the west. Many extend their original stay and some never leave taken by the whole lifestyle and scenery. Also, Yacht Charter travelers will find here a very well developed infrastructure for boating and some sweet sailing spots as well.
The main region for sailing is the Andaman Sea, with Thailand having 3219 km of coastline along the Gulf of Thailand. Some of the main attractions of the region for Yacht Charter are Phuket
and Langkawi. Phuket is the country’s largest island, roughly the size of Singapore, and also the richest province in yacht charter Thailand. Yachthing here is more than a free time activity, it’s a profession as many marinas line the shore providing work for the locals.
One of the most sought after regions is Patong Beach which is not only famous for the long stretch of sand but also for the nightlife. But for your Yacht Charter group, there are many islands to explore to the southeast, coral paradises where snorkelers and scuba divers converge experience the sea life.
Law & Order
Because it’s a tourist friendly place, yacht charter Thailand
has very lax rules and regulations, but like in any other country, there are some things you must do since you’re a foreigner. Thais are very eager to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, especially if you’re a Yacht Charter tourist.
You don’t need a special license emitted in Thailand if the one you already hold is adequate for the boat you’re going to sail. However, if the boat you’re going to sail has been permanently imported into the country, you might have to give a test to prove your Yacht Charter skills. In some cases, this test can be avoided if you provide the Harbor Office with papers that attest your past experience (like a seaman’s book).
Foreign boats are permitted entry and stay in the country for a period of up to 6 months. This can be prolonged by another six months but after that, the Yacht Charter skipper will have to permanently import the boat in Thailand.
As far as visas go, the customs officer is going to let you into the country even if you don’t have a tourist visa. The accepted period is 30 days with the possibility of extending it a further 7 to 10 days. If you’re entering the country as a Yacht Charter crew, then your crew members will get a fixed one-month entry visa which is not extendable.
A final word of advice to all Yacht Charter people would be when dealing with government officials (or any other official business) to always wear decent clothes. For men that means a pair of long pants and a polo T-shirt or short-sleeved shirt, whereas for women it means covering the thighs and shoulders.