Thailand·April 13 - 20 2024

Sailing in Thailand

If there is such a thing as paradise, sailing the crystal clear waters around the Thai islands has to be it!

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Overview

This April, we're headed to Thailand with our very own Captain Joy! We'll depart Phuket Island in two 45' catamarans - each with four guest cabins. We'll sail for seven days to the most beautiful coves, islands, caves, and bays along the Thai coast. We'll visit the famous "James Bond Island," saunter down the stunning Krabi Island beaches, and snorkel the Bamboo Islands. Along the way, we'll savor homemade Thai food prepared daily by our own Thai chef. Join us for the pre-trip extension, and spend two days at a luxury Phuket resort with your own plunge pool and a stunning view of the sea. Explore Phuket town and visit an elephant sanctuary, the Big Buddha, and local Hindu temples. Commune with nature, let your hair down, and relax as you watch breathtakingly dramatic scenery roll by, in this, the ultimate island escape!

Highlights

Visit James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan) made famous by the 1974 film

Visit James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan) made famous by the 1974 film "The Man with the Golden Gun"

Commune with sea, sand and stunning scenery on your own private catamaran with captain and chef

Commune with sea, sand and stunning scenery on your own private catamaran with captain and chef

Snorkel amongst 200 species of coral and a multitude of tropical fish and turtles

Snorkel amongst 200 species of coral and a multitude of tropical fish and turtles

Visit the famous big Buddha on the pre-trip extension in Phuket

Visit the famous big Buddha on the pre-trip extension in Phuket

Savor spicy and delicious Thai food onboard and on land

Savor spicy and delicious Thai food onboard and on land

Visit an ethical elephant sanctuary during the pre-trip in Phuket

Visit an ethical elephant sanctuary during the pre-trip in Phuket

Itinerary

Day by Day Itinerary

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Phuket

Pre-Trip Extension - Phuket - Day 1 - April 11th, Thursday

If you'd like to spend time ashore exploring Phuket, plan on arriving two days early and join us for the Pre-Trip Extension. Fly to Phuket from Bangkok (or wherever is convenient). Grab a taxi from Phuket Airport to Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach or ask us. We can arrange for the hotel to send a driver to pick you up. The drive to the resort takes about 45 minutes. 

Check-in, relax, get settled, and take a dip in your own pool. 

We'll meet at around 6:30 p.m. for a welcome cocktail before dinner at the resort. Then, you're off to bed to dream about the next day's adventure.

Included

cocktails

dinner

Not Included

lunch

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Phuket

Pre-Trip Extension - Phuket - Day 2 - April 12th, Friday

After a lovely breakfast at our hotel, we'll head out for a full day's adventure, discovering Phuket Island, perhaps the most famous of all the islands in Thailand. We'll have the opportunity to visit the Big Buddha, spend some time at an Elephant Sanctuary, visit a temple, and stop for lunch in Old Phuket Town, leaving some time to walk around and shop. 

Then, we'll head back to our resort to enjoy free time in the late afternoon. Why not relax with a treatment or two in the spa or read and rest a while before dinner?

Tonight's dinner will be more casual at one of the other restaurants at the resort. 

Included

All Meals

Not Included

spa treatments

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Day 1 - Sailing - April 13th, Saturday

This morning, those who joined us for the pre-trip extension and those just arriving will meet at the Yacht Haven Harbor for a pre-sail briefing with Joy and the Thai crew. Then we'll load the boats and take off. 

We'll depart for Phang Nga Bay, anchoring along the way at Koh Phanak. From here, we'll take the dinghy and explore the caves enclosed on the island. Lunch is onboard. 

After another sail, we'll anchor amongst the beautiful limestone casts of Koh Hong at Phang Nga Bay. Here, we'll toast our first day under sail and enjoy a scrumptious Thai meal. Languish under the starry sky before bedtime. 

Included

All meals

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Day 2 - Sailing - April 14th, Sunday

After breakfast aboard, we'll sail north to the world-famous “James Bond Island,” from the 1970s movie "The Man with the Golden Gun". We'll go ashore and take photographs before the crowds arrive. 

Later on, we'll sail southeast through stunning topography towards the Paradise Resort, where we'll anchor for the night surrounded by dramatic cliffs. Enjoy the beautiful sea views with your homemade meal. 

Included

All meals

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Day 3 - Sailing - April 15th, Monday

After a leisurely breakfast, we'll sail down the side of Koh Yao Noi towards Koh Hong Krabi. 

Here, we'll swim in crystal clear, turquoise water and explore the large lagoon at the back of Koh Hong Island. 

Tonight, we'll have a relaxing evening eating on board and taking in the beautiful bay - just us and a few neighboring yachts.

Included

All meals

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Day 4 - Sailing - April 16th, Tuesday

After breakfast, we'll set sail, heading southeast to the exceptional beaches of Krabi Island. We'll stop at the famous “Chicken Head Islands.” At high tide, they're separate islands, but at low tide, a sandy isthmus that you can walk across joins the islands. 

We'll relish our lunch. Then, swim in the crystal clear waters, with time to snorkel around the island. 

This evening, we'll have a quiet night watching the stars from the boat in preparation for our upcoming adventures on Phi-Phi Island. 

Included

All meals

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Day 5 - Sailing - April 17th, Wednesday

Today, our itinerary takes us from the Chicken Head Islands to the east coast of Phi Phi Island. On the way, we'll have time to enjoy Bamboo Island, a reef-edged island that boasts pristine beaches and a tiny bar. 

After lunch, we'll have time to discover the east coast of Phi-Phi Island. 

Time to rest, read, and relax on the boat before watching the sun dip into the sea. Another night aboard with our private chef - aaah, this is life!

Included

All meals

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Day 6 - Sailing - April 18th, Thursday

Today, our route goes from Phi Phi Island's East Coast to Ton Sai Bay so we can enjoy a leisurely sail around the coast of Phi-Phi Island. 

We'll arrive in Ton Sai Bay around lunchtime. After eating, we'll enjoy an afternoon snorkel adventure, followed by a rest and sunset cocktails onboard. 

This evening, we'll take our dinghy ashore and eat at one of the many lovely restaurants. We'll have a chance to explore the narrow streets and stock up on souvenirs. Take the time to watch a fire dance show as we soak in the party atmosphere on this side of the island.

Then, it's back to the boat for a relaxing rest after a fun night out!

Included

All meals

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Day 7 - Sailing - April 19th Friday

After breakfast, we'll depart early from our Phi Phi paradise and head towards the Koh Kai Islands. We'll make our last snorkeling stop at the Kai Islands. 

After a vigorous swim, we'll have a healthy lunch. Then, sail north to Koh Nakka Island to anchor for the night.

Tonight is our last evening together - so a celebration is called for!


Included

All meals

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Day 8 - Sailing - April 20th, Saturday

After breakfast, we'll take a leisurely sail from Koh Nakka Island back to our starting point at Yacht Haven Marina, where we'll disembark and say our sorrowful farewells. However, our hearts will be full of friendship, and our memory banks complete with pictures, sights, sounds, and smells of a true Thai paradise. 

Arrange your flight from Phuket for the late afternoon or early evening. If a morning flight is best, we can assist with arrangements to stay the night on land so you can depart in the morning.

Included

Breakfast

You'll Be Staying Here

A 45' catamaran with 4 private cabins

A 45' catamaran with 4 private cabins

You can bank on a private berth with your own head (toilet).

A deluxe room with balcony

A deluxe room with balcony

If you join our pre-trip for two nights in Phuket before boarding the boat, you'll stay in a deluxe double room with mountain or garden view with balcony in a stylish 5-star resort with a stunning infinity pool overlooking the sea. 

Hosts

Captain Joy

Captain Joy

Joy Sherman has sailed thousands of nautical miles. She spent her childhood sailing on Long Island Sound, and her father instilled in her an inspiration for boating and a respect for the sea. “There has never been a time in my life where boats were not part of it.” Joy has her USCG Master 100-ton license and maintains current certification in American Red Cross First Aid and Infant/Child/Adult CPR, US tow and sail endorsement, and Life Raft certification.

Optional Trip Extensions

Phuket Extension - Single Room

Phuket Extension - Single Room

Duplex pool villa with sea view

FROM$2,325.00/pp

Considered the best sailing experience in Southeast Asia

Phuket, Thailand and Surrounding Islands

Nestled in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, Phuket and the surrounding islands offer so many enchanting destinations for sailors to explore. The coastline is adorned with stunning limestone cliffs, hidden coves, and idyllic beaches, providing a picturesque backdrop for sailing excursions. Immerse yourself in tranqulity and wonder, as the warm breeze caresses your skin and the sun paints the sky with vibrant hues.

Phuket, Thailand and Surrounding Islands

What's Included

What's Included

All meals except where mentioned

Two glasses of wine or beer with dinner

A private chef on the boat and an experienced captain

All excursions as noted

Snorkel gear

Joy your captain, guide, and facilitator who has led charter trips all ovre the world

Souvenirs

Trip Insurance and Medical - required

Additional spa treatments

Additional alcohol beyond what is provided

airfare to/from Phuket

FAQs

Since most of this trip takes place on a sailboat, you must feel comfortable on the water, moving about the vessel, including the use of stairs, and know how to swim. 

Catamarans are relatively spacious, but compared to being on land, living spaces, cabins, and bathrooms are smaller. Still, you’ll spend the most of your time above board in the open air.

Please note that sailing is dependent on the weather, so itinerary changes may occur at the last minute if the weather becomes unfavorable. If any changes are made, you can trust your knowledgeable skipper to choose an alternative route or activity.

Flying into Bangkok and taking a connecting flight to Phuket Island is the easiest route for most people. Reverse your steps to get home. There's an optional Pre-Trip Extension for two nights to see Phuket Island (by land). If you'd like to explore Bangkok, build in time before or after the trip. 

Over the many years we've operated we've worked with almost every diet or allergy from vegan to lactose-free.

The weather in Thailand is always warm, ranging from 78-93F - ideal for swimming and sailing. Bring a hat, swimsuits, and lots of reef-safe suntan lotion. April is still in the dry season, but there can be brief rain occasionally.

We'll have a pre-trip Zoom call about two months before we leave so everyone can meet one another, and we'll talk about logistics, including exactly what to pack. In general, less is more. You'll spend much of your day in a bathing suit.

Catamarans are very stable, with far less side-to-side rocking than a traditional monohull sailboat. As a result, most people are comfortable aboard a catamaran. Your “sea legs” will come naturally, but some people have a more difficult time adjusting to boat life. There are effective preventative treatments if you’re worried about seasickness.

A zodiac (small inflatable boat) transports passengers ashore, with landings taking place at docks (dry landings) and on beaches (wet landings). Zodiacs can sometimes be awkward to climb into and out of, but a sense of humor and a can-do attitude is all you need.

Time on the water also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, like sunscreen and a hat. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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Sailing in Thailand

Thailand· April 13 - 20 2024· 7 nights