Phuket, which lies at 7 degrees, 53 minutes north latitude and 98 degrees, 24 minutes, east longitude, is Thailand’s largest island and the ideal base for Dream Yacht Charter’s Thailand fleet. There are hundreds of islands in the Andaman Sea to explore, countless miles of beaches fringed with swaying palm trees, shimmering emerald-colored seas, coral reefs, charming villages and simply dazzling scenery.
For the busy professional and adventurous sailor in search of an unforgettable vacation, Thailand is among the finest, most interesting and beautiful places to sail in the world. Where else can you sail among the spectacular limestone pinnacles that jut above the waters of Phang-nga Bay? Yet, that’s just the beginning.
Sailing approximately 28 nm southeast of Phuket brings you to the Phi Phi Islands, which have become one of southern Thailand’s favorite tourist destinations. The most developed island, Phi Phi Don, is surrounded by astonishingly clear water. Stunning anchorages suitable for overnight stays and lunchtime stops abound. Many of the islands in this region are ringed with multi-colored coral reefs, which are rich in marine life so varied and vibrant, you will be tempted to spend all of your time in the water.
The Similan Islands are located about 54 nm northwest of Phuket. Just as towering limestone monoliths are a distinguishing geographical feature of southern Thailand, this group of nine islands (they have both names and numbers but are usually referred to by their number), are distinctive because they are made of granite covered by dense tropical jungle.
In 1982, Thailand created a marine reserve called the Mu Koh Similan National Park to protect the region’s natural resources. This group of islands is recognized internationally as one of the finest diving locations in the world. The same volcanic eruptions that created such dramatic island landscapes eons ago, also created equally dramatic underwater seascapes. Divers have even given the best sites colorful names such as, East Of Eden, Donald Duck Bay, Chinese Wall, Boulder City and Deep Six.
A Dream Yacht Charter sailing vacation offers a multitude of scenic and secure anchorages, pristine white-sand beaches, rugged uninhabited islands, and lively nightlife and resorts. The warm, hospitable people of Thailand enhance the enjoyment of a Phuket yacht charter, making the sailing adventure even more memorable in a nation often called the Land of Smiles.