From the Andaman to the Gulf of Thailand, the Kingdom offers beautiful long shorelines, idyllic waters and a cruise for every interest
From the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea, there’s no better place to experience life on a yacht than the Land of Smiles. Thailand has become a favoured destination for putting up sail, and with good reason: beautiful expanses of calm water, postcard-perfect islands and impeccable ground service at marinas are just a few of the draws of docking here.
And thanks to prestigious yacht shows in Pattaya and Phuket, yacht enthusiasts from around the world are heading to Thailand for more than just sailing adventures. Whether for racing, sunset champagne cruises, a weekend getaway or a luxurious stopover, there’s something for everyone.
Held at Ocean Marina in Pattaya, the boat show has been a catalyst for the Gulf of Thailand’s marine industry, promoting onshore facilities and offshore cruising grounds, helping to position the region as a leading marine destination. Both the numbers of boat owners overseas choosing Ocean Marina to base their boats and Thais buying boats have increased, and this trend looks to continue. The show includes top dealerships Simpson Marine and Boat Lagoon Yachting, joined by luxury Italian boat brand Azimut Yachts, Beneteau, Cranchi, CNB Yachts, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Monte Carlo Yachts, Prestige, Princess Yachts, Viking Yachts and Wider. Superyacht brands represented at the show include Admiral and Sanlorenzo. Plus a large selection of brokerage yachts will also be on show.
Created by organizers of the Singapore Yacht Show, the inaugural Thailand Yacht Show in partnership with the Thai government will be hosted at Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket. The show will combine the best aspects of yacht charter, boating industry and luxury lifestyle events.
This new yacht show continues to attract the elite of the superyacht industry. Burgess Yachts, one of the largest and most renowned brokerage and charter companies, is using the event to showcase a diverse range of yachts. Each of the superyachts on display offers a unique platform from which to explore Southeast Asia’s beautiful cruising grounds, with choices to suit a range of budgets and preferences.
Stunning Sail and Motor Superyachts will soon come together to meet at the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 16th annual elite yet relaxed gathering of superyacht owners, captains and crew December 16-18, 2016.
ASR 2016 Co-Sponsor Benetti Yachts, along with Asia Pacific Superyachts, Host Hotel SALA Resort & Spa Phuket, Lux Media Group and a range of high-end sponsors and global & national media partners, join organisers in announcing the friendly but highly competitive superyacht races will for the first time crown the overall ASR Race Winner with a ‘Rendezvous Cup’ award. Read more
Under Royal Patronage, one of the most prestigious international sporting events in Asia, will draw a huge gathering of sailors from around the world to mark its 30th Anniversary year. Yachting enthusiasts and pro teams come from every corner of the globe to compete in the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea for King’s Cup Regatta glory. The regatta program includes the Phuket Dinghy Series, International Dinghy Classes, Keelboats and Multihulls amongst its competitive classes as well as a new CRX Kiteboard class.
Phuket International Boat Show
More than 5,000 visitors come to see the display of moored yachts up to 35 metres, complemented by a Superyacht Zone with private island access for up to 20 yachts over 35 metres. Besides yachts of all types and sizes, marine suppliers with engines, electronics, chandlery, sportswear and accessories, dive equipment and water sport toys add to the range of exhibits. Property projects, luxury goods and motor car brands are added benefits to ensure a diverse experience for exhibitors and visitors, not to mention fashion shows, live bands and cooking classes. The emphasis on charter cruising, a comprehensive conference programme, a mariners’ market and al fresco food and beverage outlets means PIMEX 2017 will have something for everyone.
The Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC)
The premier sailing club and centre of sailing in Thailand, located in a secluded cove between Pattaya and Jomtien, is less than a two-hour drive from Bangkok. Facilities include a stunning clubhouse, restaurant, swimming pool, junior clubhouse, boat storage and accommodation. It is an ideal place to give your children some freedom in safe surroundings. Rental boats (Laser, Hobie, Optimist, RS Quba and RS Vision) for racing and leisure are available for members and guests. The club offers sailing classes for adults, as well as an extensive programme for children during the holidays, plus supervised sailing for kids on the weekends.
Ao Po Grand Marina
“My number one pick of all the marinas in Thailand,” said Bill O’Leary, general manager of Amancruises and co-author of Andaman Sea Pilot and Southeast Asia Pilot. “The location looks directly at the magnificent Phang Nga, the fuel dock is ideally located, rubbish collection and security are world class. I have no hesitation in recommending Ao Po Grand Marina to all our boat owners because it has all-tide access and is located on the doorstep of the best cruising grounds in the Kingdom.”
Boat Lagoon Yachting
Boat Lagoon Yachting has been the sole distributor in Thailand for the world’s most exclusive and prestigious Princess Yachts brand from the UK, providing sales and dedicated service since 1995. The company is a subsidiary of Phuket Boat Lagoon, which owns and operates one of Southeast Asia’s most active integrated marinas, with a strong focus on boat repairs and improvements.
Port Takola is an upcoming yacht marina and boatyard in Krabi. When completed, it will feature 260 modern pontoon berths for yachts ranging from 12 to 40 metres. The marina basin will be connected to the Jilad River’s 4m-deep channel by an entrance channel that is dredged along a natural creek. The entrance channel will have 2.5m depth below LAT, allowing easy access to the marina without tidal restrictions.
The boatyard will be serviced by a 35 tonne submersible hydraulic boat lift and provide technical services such as yacht repair and cleaning. The Capitainerie and Café du Port will be dedicated to ensuring an enjoyable stay for marina guests. Port Takola is designed with a boutique approach and to integrate seamlessly with the tropical landscape.
The marina is located between Krabi town and Ao Nang, a renowned tourist spot, so there are many amenities available within a short drive and Krabi International Airport is 45 minutes away. Port Takola’s phase one, comprising 50 wet berths, 50 dry berths, fuel and onshore facility, is currently under construction, scheduled to open at the end of 2016.
Chartering the Ocean Emerald superyacht offers you the opportunity to curate your experience how you want. Catering to your luxury vacation needs, from blissful relaxation in the tropical sun and evenings of indulgence on the yacht’s upper deck to sunrise yoga and adrenaline-fuelled water sports, the Ocean Emerald is a luxury playground.
Aboard are an array of high-end toys, including a four-seat Sea-Doo Jet Boat, two Sea-Doo Jet Skis, a two-seat kayak, paddle board and towable inflatables. For the adventurous there are four full sets of diving equipment as well as 12 snorkelling sets and more.
The Hype concept is a beach club on the sea on a big stylish catamaran featuring comfortable sun lounger day beds and a spacious trampoline. Guests are offered a selection of delectable finger foods from traditional Thai food to sushi and tapas and a bar with an extensive menu of fine champagnes, spirits and cocktails.
The boat is fitted and designed to your comfort, and the DJ will accompany your day spinning everything from lounge music to club mixes. Far from the hustle and bustle of the island, the cruise offers guests a day on the crystal waters of Phuket’s west coast, rounded off with a magical sunset.
Phuket Charters is the leading charter company on Phuket. With a range of Sunseeker superyachts to choose from, guests are guaranteed an experience of a lifetime. A division of Max Marine Asia, Phuket Charters is the exclusive distributor for Sunseeker yachts in Thailand.