Luxury Sailing -Extravagant Charters
Explore Thailand’s dramatic coastline and its myriad paradise islands in utmost luxury.
By Barbara Woolsey
You can’t leave Thailand without taking a boat ride, whether you’re a yachting fanatic or simply going out to an island. From the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea, it’s an integral experience of getting to know the Land of Smiles. Out on the water, you’ll instantly feel a deeper connection with the culture.
That’s why many business travellers who end up here also jump at the opportunity to charter a private yacht for something memorable. Whether it’s as a unique setting for a client meeting, throwing a celebration, or an intimate getaway with family and friends, there’s nothing but fun to be had on the high seas. The options are plentiful, from traditional Siamese-style river barges to extravagant charters boasting all the latest amenities.Of the vast selection available we have shortlisted the most fabulous sea services and cruise providers the country has to offer.
This world-class yacht charter service offers the opportunity of a lifetime: sailing the Andaman Sea in ultimate luxury and style. Based in Phuket’s newest marina Ao Po Grand, Tawan works with five-star hotels and resorts around the island to provide guests with an intimate means of exploring the surrounding waters. The company’s range of boats are crewed by experienced professionals, leaving seeking adventure as the only mission for its passengers. From snorkelling to fishing, from diving to kayaking, the deep-sea possibilities are unlimited.
Wellness retreats are the latest rage, but what about going on a wellness cruise? Senses Phuket offers luxury detox programs while sailing the Andaman. Organic produce from the islands fuels the cuisine offered on board; it is combined with an endless supply of nutritious cleansing juices and fresh coconut water. Departing from Chalong Bay, the healthy holiday cruise stops at destinations like Koh Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay according to guest preference.
Diva Marine offers boutique scuba diving and sailing cruises in one of the most beautiful and pristine areas of Thailand: the Similan islands and Mergui Archipelago. In addition to scheduled cruises, passengers can charter a full-crewed boat to tailor their underwater adventure off whatever coast they please. The company’s schooner, the SY Diva Andaman, is a classic Southeast Asian design with traditional shrouds, pulleys, a saloon and a massive diving deck. On board are seven en-suite cabins, each well-appointed with luxury amenities including flat screens and ensuite bathrooms.
Thailand’s Classic Barges
In Bangkok, a city jam-packed with luxury accommodation, this is indeed the most unique of all offerings: The Montha, an elegant and stylish traditional river barge. Crafted almost completely from golden teak and mahogany, the boat features a colonial-style dining room on the upper deck and a prestigious overnight suite with hand carvings depicting Thai history. The Montha sets sail from Bangkok and continues on northwards, stopping at charming Thai fishing villages, continuing all the way to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya.
Anantara Song is the river-borne equivalent to the Eastern & Oriental Express, the overnight luxury rice barge journeys from Bangkok to Ayuthaya the former capital of Siam. Below deck she has four well-appointed suite-par cabins each with a queen sized bed and a compact ensuite bathroom. On deck there is an expansive salon and dining area with bar, plus an ample sun deck forward with loungers; offering a great view of the river life as the boat plies the majestic Chao Phraya. The refurbished rice barge features Teak, Padua and Mahogany woods throughout, custom-designed furniture complimented with luxurious Thai silks and cottons, oriental rugs decorated with Thai and Southeast Asian art, sculpture and artifacts.
Asian Oasis offers a variety of fabulous private charter experiences throughout Thailand, from sailing into Ayutthaya to secluded courses wrapping around the Andaman. The Luang Say Cruise is a bespoke river barge cruise that starts in Chiang Rai, and sails along long scenic stretches of the Mekong River into Laos. There’s no better way to traverse these famous waters than in ultimate luxury and comfort. Along the way discover riverside hill tribe villages, untouched jungle, caves and a lot more.