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Yacht Charter Thailand

For the 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 spectacular limestone peaks that jut up above the waters?

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Highlights

  • Jade-colored Andaman Sea
  • Towering limestone formations
  • Welcoming “Land of smiles”

Boat rental Thailand

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Sailing approximately 28nm southeast of Phuket brings you to the Phi Phi Islands, one of southern Thailand’s favorite tourist destinations. You’ll find stunning anchorages and charming villages that are perfect for lunchtime stops. 

Many of the islands in the region are ringed with dazzling coral reefs, so rich in marine life that you’ll be tempted to spend all of your time in the water.

One of the most popular stops during any Phuket yacht charter is Koh Khai Nai, better known as James Bond Island, where “The Man With the Golden Gun” was filmed. 

On a longer charter, visit the Similan Islands, located about 54nm northwest of Phuket. These nine granite islands are covered by dense tropical jungle.

Mu Koh Similan National Park offers some of the finest diving locations in the world, with dramatic underwater seascapes created by volcanic eruptions eons ago.

To sail in Thailand you’ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities. Or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway.
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean vacation.
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Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.
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Things to do in Thailand

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Lunch at a floating fishing village

The hundreds of huts, restaurants and houses where the Koh Panyi villagers live are built on stilts over the surrounding sea. It’s a fascinating place to visit during your yacht charter in Phuket, where you can enjoy a lunch of freshly-caught fish, go shopping and visit the friendly locals.

Visit James Bond Island

Excellent anchorages are to be found at the prestigious Phang Nga Bay, where you will also find the famed James Bond Island. Secret lagoons and crystal clear waters highlight the unspoiled beauty of this magical bay, recognizable for the sheer limestone karsts that jut straight up from the water, making it one of the top things to do in Thailand.

Sail to the Similan Islands

The magnificent Similans are a genuine snorkeling paradise. These nine islands will captivate you immediately, with huge boulders lining the shores on several of the islands. The pristine white sand beaches are often deserted. The most interesting sights, however, are to be found beneath the waves, where some of the most spectacular coral in the world can be seen. 

Marvel at Hong Lagoon

Koh Hong, off the coast of Krabi, is part of the Than Bok Khorani National Park and features one of the more recognizable lagoons in Thailand. Visit early during your yacht rental in Thailand and enjoy the stunning beach and walking trail before the tour visitors arrive.

Explore Koh Phi Phi Don

Koh Phi Phi Don is a popular tourist attraction and while it may not be the place to visit for solitude, it retains an appeal to visitors looking for a lively scene. Enjoy its beachfront restaurants, bars and shops at Tonsai Bay, blending in with the stunning scenery.

Weather insights

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When is the best time to visit Thailand?

The best time for a Thailand sailing charter is from mid-October to mid-April, when the rainy season is finished and all national parks are open. The monsoon season is May through early October, with hot, humid weather and heavy rains.

March is the hottest month in Phuket, with an average temperature of 83°F, and the coldest is January at 81°F. The most sunshine hours are in April with nine hours of sun each day.

What are the sailing conditions in Thailand?

Winds during the high season, between October and mid-April, are typically from the southwest. From May to October, the tropical monsoon season begins with a northeast wind. Knowledge of tide systems is required.

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Sailing Thailand with Dream Yacht Charter

Sailing charter Thailand

Discover dazzling beaches and limestone hongs by sailing Thailand islands. Explore one of the world’s finest cruising destinations on one of our catamarans or monohulls.

Skippered yacht charter Thailand

No experience is needed for sailing Thailand. Plan your ideal itinerary and hire a skipper to sail you and your guests.

By the cabin yacht charter Thailand

Enjoy a sailing vacation in Thailand without lifting a finger. Book a private stateroom with bathroom and leave the planning, sailing and cooking to us.

Thailand crewed charters

Experience the ultimate luxury experience when sailing Thailand’s islands. Hire your own private luxury yacht and crew, and let us look after you. Personalize the itinerary and menu and enjoy Thailand’s delights.

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Thailand sailing itinerary

Take a look at our Thailand sailing vacation suggestions for a Phuket yacht charter

Thailand elephants 7-day itinerary Thailand

Day 1

Arrive at our base and board for the night.

Day 2

Depart from Phuket and sail to the majestic Phang Nga Bay, where you’ll spend the evening.

Day 3

Set sail to one of the most famous groups of islands, Koh Hong, where you’ll discover several secluded beaches – take your pick and make it your own.

Day 4

Set sail towards Koh Poda, then onto Koh Kai, where you can walk from one island to another at low tide.

Day 5

After a marvelous day in Koh Kai, head towards Koh Phi Phi, which is considered one of the three most beautiful islands in the world. With its stunning views and famous beaches, Koh Phi Phi will give you an unforgettable stay.

Day 6

Sail back to our base in Phuket. Enjoy the beauty of the many Southern islands you pass on your way back.

Day 7

Check out at the base.

Thailand waterfall in wild jungle 8-day itinerary Thailand

Day 1

On your way from the airport, you’ll get your first view of the lush Thai vegetation, Buddhist temples, and picturesque villages. Board for the night.

Day 2

After breakfast, set sail to Koh Hong. This exceptional site is only accessible by tender through a cave leading you to an inside open lake surrounded by a 100 m cliff. Lunch on anchorage.

Day 3

Depart to Koh Khai Nai, better known as “James Bond Island,” where “The Man With the Golden Gun,” was filmed. Stop at Koh Panyi, a floating village where hundreds of fishermen live. Buy local souvenirs and seafood, then prepare a locally-caught fish dinner on board.

Day 4

After breakfast, leave for Koh Hong East and visit the lagoon. Eat a quick lunch then sail to Koh Dam Kai, stopping at Ao Nang. Prepare dinner on board and drop anchor for the evening.

Day 5

Eat breakfast on the boat and sail toward Koh Phi Phi with a stop for lunch at Koh Mai Pai, a beautiful sandy beach with coral, fish, and good visibility: a dream for amateur divers. After lunch, depart to Koh Phi Phi Don, one of the most beloved beaches in the world. Next, check out Yongsakem Bay (Monkey Bay). Make your way to Nui Bay for sunset views, dinner, and overnight anchorage.

Day 6

After an early breakfast, sail to Koh Phi Phi Ley. Sailing around the island, you’ll discover the cliffs and caves where swallow’s nests are harvested before being exported at very high prices to China. At the end of morning, go back to Koh Phi Phi Don. Mooring at Ton Sai Bay and lunch on board. You will then be able to go shopping and discover the island.

Day 7

Breakfast and depart to Koh Kai Nai, a small island with a glowing white sand beach. In the middle of the afternoon, depart to Koh Lawa. Enjoy swimming and hiking on the island, then take in the sunset as you eat dinner.

Day 8

Disembark at the base after having breakfast on the way.

Thailand tortoise swimming in crystal waters 10-day itinerary Thailand

Day 1

Arrive at our base and board for the night.

Day 2

Departing from our base in Phuket, sail south towards the Naï Harn, where you’ll spend your first superb night at anchor.

Day 3

Sail towards the magnificent and beautiful Similan Islands, which will captivate you immediately. Huge boulders line the shores on several of the islands, and the pristine white sand beaches are often deserted. The most interesting sights, however, are to be found beneath the waves – some of the most spectacular coral in the world can be seen here.

Day 4 to 7

Known the world over for their snorkeling and diving opportunities, the nine Similan Islands are a well-preserved paradise. The beach is just the beginning. Take your precious time to discover all the hidden anchorages, the underwater scenery, and lush forest. You’ll find many ranger-protected areas for tortoises and their eggs while walking along the beaches, and snorkelers will be thrilled with the multitude of fish they’ll encounter.

Day 8 to 9

Set sail back to Phuket, taking the same route you did when you left. Enjoy your final evening off the magical shores of Thailand.

Day 10

Check out at the base.

Woman enjoying sailing vacation on ycht charter Thailand coast 11-day itinerary Thailand

Day 1

Arrive at our base and board for the night.

Day 2

Sail South from Phuket, passing some of the most gorgeous islands imaginable. Stop at Koh Racha Yaï and anchor for the evening. Enjoy the first splendid sunset of your Thai adventure.

Day 3 to 4

Sail towards Koh Rok-Nok and settle in. Relax here for two days, swimming around in crystal-clear waters. This area makes for some impressive snorkeling. Explore the underwater world of the coral reef then lounge on the white sand beach.

Day 5

Anchor at Koh Ha Yaï, where cliffs jet out into the sea over white sand beaches.

Day 6 to 7

From Koh Ha Yaï, head towards Koh Phi Phi, which is considered one of the three most beautiful islands in the world.

Day 8

From Koh Phi Phi, set sail for Ao Nang or Ralay, both situated on the coast of Krabi. Stop over in Koh Kaï, where you can walk from one island to another at low tide. Outstanding beaches await you, each one more beautiful than the last.

Day 9 and 10

Excellent anchorages are to be found at the prestigious Phang Nga Bay. Secret lagoons and crystal clear waters highlight the unspoiled beauty of this magical bay. This will be an unforgettable end to your Thai getaway.

Day 11

Check out at our base.

Thailand sunset catamaran and yacht 14-day itinerary Thailand

Day 1

Arrive at our base and board for the night.

Day 2

Departing from our base in Phuket, sail south towards the Naï Harn, where you’ll spend your first superb night at anchor.

Day 3

Sail north along the West coast of Phuket, where you’ll find plenty of idyllic anchorages for the night. We also recommend a stopover at the well-protected bay of Thap Lamu.

Day 4

Keep following the West coast of Thailand to enter into the mangroves, situated right by Phra Thong Island, where you’ll spend the night. Experience the satisfying solitude of this hideout.

Day 5

Crossing straight westwards, you’ll come to the islands of Surin. Scuba divers should check out Richelieu Rock, one of the best spots in the world for diving with whale sharks.

Day 6 and 7

The islands of Surin offer visitors a remarkable sense of calmness. There is also a village in the channel, inhabited by the nomadic seafaring Moken people.

Day 8

Head further south towards the Similan Islands. Stop over at Koh Ta Chaï and Koh Bon to chance a manta ray sighting.

Day 9 to 11

Arrive at the magnificent Similans, a genuine snorkeling paradise.These nine islands will captivate you immediately – huge boulders line the shores on several of the islands, and the pristine white sand beaches are often deserted. The most interesting sights, however, are to be found beneath the waves – some of the most spectacular coral in the world can be seen here.

Day 12 and 13

Head back southwards to reach Phuket with a short stopover at the beach of Naï Harn.

Day 14

Check out at the base.

Thailand couple rowing on boat 15-day itinerary Thailand

Day 1

Welcome to our base and board for the night.

Day 2

Sail South from Phuket, passing some of the most gorgeous islands imaginable. Stop at Koh Racha Yaï and anchor for the evening. Enjoy the first splendid sunset of your Thai adventure.

Day 3 and 4

From Koh Racha Yaï, head towards Koh Phi Phi, which is considered one of the three most beautiful islands in the world.

Day 5

Make the quick sail to Koh Lanta, where you can purchase fresh fruits, fish, and vegetables.

Day 6

Anchor at Koh Muk, a fishing community, stopping at Koh N’Gai on your way. On Koh Muk, a mysterious closed cavern opens onto a beautiful lagoon. You have to see it to believe it.

Day 7 and 8

Make your way back to Koh N’Gai, stopping to do everything you missed on your quick Day 6 peek.

Day 9

Set sail for Koh Rok-Nok / Koh Ha Yai, a small group of islands. With cliffs jetting out into the sea, carve out your own spot on the white sand beach.

Day 10

Sail back to Koh Ha Yaï or Koh Phi Phi to spend the night.

Day 11

From Koh Phi Phi, set sail for Ao Nang or Ralay, both situated on the coast of Krabi. Stop over in Koh Kaï, where you can walk from one island to another at low tide. Outstanding beaches await you, each one more beautiful than the last.

Day 12 to 14

Excellent anchorages are to be found at the prestigious Phang Nga Bay. Secret lagoons and crystal clear waters highlight the unspoiled beauty of this magical bay. This will be an unforgettable end to your Thai getaway.

Day 15

Check out at the base.

Useful information for yacht charters in Thailand

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How do I get to Thailand from the US?

Fly into Phuket International Airport (HKT) via regular connecting flights from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and other locations. 

We can arrange a 20-minute taxi transfer to our marina location where you’ll begin your Phuket yacht charter.

What language is spoken in Thailand?

The official language of Thailand is Thai. Many of the locals also speak and understand English, especially in larger cities and tourist areas.

What is the currency for Thailand?

The currency in Thailand is the Thai baht (THB).

What documents do I need to sail Thailand?

Ensure you have a US passport valid for the duration of your stay. There is no visa requirement for stays under 30 days. For longer stays, visitors can apply for a 2 x 2 month visa in any Thai embassy in the world. 

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around Thailand?

Taxis are regularly available in front of the airport buildings. There isn’t a bus to our marina.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Thailand?

Internet is available at the marina and aboard our cabin charters. There is also internet access via cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots, but you may need to pay. Cell phones can work depending on zones, but don’t forget the roaming fees while sailing Thailand’s islands.

Local sim cards are available for sale, just ask at the base on arrival.

What regulations are there in Thailand?

Night sailing is prohibited in the waters of Thailand and Malaysia. Plan your sailing trip to reach your night anchorage by 4pm and ensure you don’t sail when visibility is poor.

Navigation channels are marked as in Europe: red on the port side and green on the starboard when entering harbors. In Thailand, mooring buoys are rarely checked or maintained. If you use them, it is your responsibility. 

In some areas you cannot anchor and must use a government mooring buoy. In this case please dive and inspect the buoy and the rope. These areas include: Koh Racha Yai, Koh Racha Noi, Koh Mai Thon, Koh Kai Nai, Koh Kai Nok, Maya Bay (Koh Phiphi Le). 

Please be aware that Thai laws change frequently and without notice. The base team will update you during your briefing.

Please note, to show respect, never touch a local’s head or point at a local with your foot when seated.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Thailand?

You can find weather forecasts on the Windguru website both ahead of and during your sailing vacation in Thailand.

What provisioning is there in Thailand?

There is plenty of choice for provisioning in Thailand. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Thailand sailing vacation?

Please only take soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Thailand?

The land electrical current in Thailand is 220V.

What is the dialing code for Thailand?

The dialing code for Thailand is +66.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht Charter?

Dream Yacht Charter is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and the destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

You can choose one of the following options:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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