Sailing holiday in Thailand

Swaying palm trees, coral reefs, breathtaking rocky islands, a glittering emerald green sea and charming villages on the islands - these are just some of the attractions that await you on a sailboat vacation in Thailand. Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Chang are ideal starting points for a sailing adventure in an exotic world, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

  • Relaxed sailing - all year round
  • Friendly people
  • Great Thai food
  • Exotic Phi Phi Islands
  • White sandy beaches
  • Excellent snorkelling

Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is blessed with unrivalled tropical beauty. The country offers four separate sailing areas - where the waters of the southern peninsula are of most interest to sailors. Sailing areas off the east coast of Phuket are among the finest in the world.

Towering peaks of limestone jut out from the protected and clear emerald waters by for example Phuket and Koh Chang. Marine parks at the Similan and Surin Islands are among the best snorkelling and diving areas in the world. A sailing holiday in Thailand offers a wealth of scenic and secluded anchorages - pristine white sandy beaches and wild uninhabited islands, with lively nightlife and modern resorts. The friendly and hospitable Thai people also contribute to make your sailing holiday in Thailand into a fantastic memory - it is not without reason that Thailand is called the "Land of Smiles".

Koh Chang

Koh Chang

Sailboat Holidays in Koh Chang With so many primitive and pristine tropical islands to choose from - sailing in the Koh Chang archipelago is a step back in time. In spite of Koh Chang's size and proximity to the capital, it remains undeveloped and pristine, with many secret pleasures in store for visiting sailors. Be one of the first to explore this stunning area. Natural Beauty Elephant safari Untouched nature Secluded paradise beaches Delicious Thai food Beautiful Moo Koo Chang National Park Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand and the largest of the 52 islands in the Koh Chang Marine Park. The island is located on the east coast of Thailand and offers breathtaking and varied landscapes, including rain forests, beautiful beaches, mountains, waterfalls, coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. The buildings Hat Sai Khao, Hat Kai Mook and Hat Ta Nam attract most of the land-based tourists while leaving the rest of Koh Chang and the remaining islands peaceful and unspoiled - a paradise that is ready to be explored by lucky sailors. Sailing in Koh Chang This fantastic sailing area includes the spectacular Koh Chang National Park. Clear water surrounds the fantastic landscape with mountainous peaks, high cliffs and lush green tropical vegetation and incredible waterfalls. On a sailing holiday in Koh Chang, you can admire the breathtaking coastline from the deck of your sailboat. The weather is sunny and dry, and temperatures from November to April are between 21 °C and 24 °C - and the northeast winds are light to moderate (5-20 knots). Highlights On a sailing holiday in Koh Chang, you will be among the first sailors to explore this pristine and enchanting sailing area - and its stunning beaches, crystal clear water, excellent food and friendly people.
Read more



Yacht Charters in Phuket A yacht charter in Phuket takes place in a stunning and exotic part of the world - with breathtaking scenery and easy passages - which makes sailing here a very wonderful experience. Secluded coves, surrounded by majestic limestone cliffs and pristine white sandy beaches are found everywhere - and a little off the coast - you can dive into a multitude of vibrant coral reefs. Sailing in Phuket The waters off Phuket's east coast are protected by the Andaman Sea, which ensures formidable and safe sailing all the year round. Based on the monsoons, there is a wet-and dry-season, which affect the weather and wind direction. On Thailand's west coast, the north-eastern monsoon begins in November and leads to light or moderate winds between 10-20 knots as well as cooler temperatures and drier conditions. In May, starts the south-west monsoon and south-westerly winds increase in strength to more than 20 knots when the rainy season peaks in September /October. During the remaining months of the rainy season, it rains only a few hours in the afternoon. The Daily temperature is around 32°C from July to February and 16°C at night. From March to June the weather is warmer. The tidal range can be more than 8 feet, creating strong tidal currents in narrow channels. Navigation is often straightforward and is done by eye; however, it is important to keep a close eye on the chart and GPS because of the many coral reefs. A sailing holiday in Phuket is suitable for sailors with basic skills in coastal navigation. Highlights Marine Parks serve as nature reserves to protect the tropical birds and the abundance of marine life - to explore these waters is a journey into an unspoiled paradise. It is also an important part of a sailing holiday to enjoy the local culture and food. Snorkelling or diving in the blue waters is also an experience you shouldn’t miss out on. If you are interested in a lively nightlife, there is also ample opportunity to enjoy the dance clubs and bars in Phuket.
Read more

Sunsail 44i Premier - 4 cab - Sunsail

Sunsail 44i Premier - 4 cab - Sunsail

Read more

Sunsail 41 Premier - 3 cab - Sunsail

Sunsail 41 Premier - 3 cab - Sunsail

Read more

Sunsail 44i Premier - 3 cab - Sunsail

Sunsail 44i Premier - 3 cab - Sunsail

Read more

Sailing in Thailand – Practical Tips




Passport must be valid for 6 months after departure from the area. No visa requirement for visits of less than 30 days - however, check


We recommend that the luggage is locked with a padlock during the flight. The customs authorities are very aware of contraband. Other people can - even after checking in luggage - place drugs in the bag. For security reasons, the authorities will often seal the luggage on departure from the area.


It gets dark at 18.30. Departure will therefore not be possible after 17.00, as you must be at anchor no later than 17:30.


It is not possible to sail outside Thai national waters without prior agreement with the base. Only certain boats are allocated for this. Among other things. for one-way sailings. If necessary, a fee must be paid for the issuance of official papers.

Cruising tax

An amount/person/night is paid for sailing in Phang Nga Bay, which is National Park waters in Thailand. Usually 3-4 days are used here. In Malaysia, a fee is paid to sail to the Thai islands.


You will often be too swayed in these waters. Provisioning options are very limited, and therefore it can be a good idea to always have provisions for several days.

Certain restaurants or local eateries on the beach are available in some places. Local fishing boats also have some sales on some of the islands.

We can recommend Sunsail's provision package. It is well stocked with exotic fruits, vegetables and spices and a nice breakfast. Meat & fish are frozen and easy to roast on the barbecue on the boat.


Tidal difference of up to approx. 2-3 meters. Tables are provided at the base. There can be 1/2 – 2 knots of current. When bathing from the boat, you must hang a line aft with a fender - as the current can be stronger than people can swim. Always look out for children - and adults - while swimming from the boat.


You can sail reasonably close to the coast - however, be aware of the corals. The corals are incredibly beautiful. Many coral reefs boast fantastic animal and fish life - but many have been destroyed by sailors with a trailing anchor chain. Take that into account when you anchor and sail onto the beach with your dinghy. In some places, the coral reef is exposed at low tide and landing/returning becomes impossible, so disembark on sandy bottom. When landing in the rubber dinghy, it is placed high on the beach with mooring to shore, so that it does not drift away when the high tide returns.


Buoys are laid out in some places. These should be avoided as they move and are unreliable - they are used by the local fishermen.


To be used on the boat and not on the beach. Remember charcoal.

The beaches

The places where you anchor to swim and snorkel are picturesque and unspoiled. The water in the northern part of Phangna Bay is light green, completely clean – but often somewhat cloudy, as the large rivers from the mangrove coasts empty into the sea here. Further south, the water has become bluer and crystal clear for snorkelling. Firefighters "stinging jelly fish" are found in the water and beautiful black sea urchins "sea urchins" can be seen at the edge of the beach near rocks and corals. Sea snakes are rare, they are very shy and are almost never seen - they escape between the rocks in deeper water. A bite requires medical attention. You may be lucky to see pods of dolphins, and maybe even the whale shark (large and quite harmless). There are very small reef sharks - they have no teeth and are quite harmless.

Scuba diving is only allowed with a Padi certificate - ask at the base. Diving centers on Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Racha Yai, Butang Isles.

Holiday tips
In Thailand, 90% are Buddhist - but here there are also Muslims, Christians, Hindus. Remember when visiting temples that shoulders and legs / feet should be covered (nice dress in general). Remember stockings / socks, as the shoes are placed outside the temple - just like in private homes. On some of the islands, the local "sea-gypsies" are Muslims, so when landing / visiting their fishing villages and jungle communities, the local "dress code" should be respected. Wear a T-shirt and shorts (both men and women), or tie a sarong / large beach scarf, as the women do locally, around the waist. In general, Thais are very clean and neatly dressed, and the opposite is perceived as "lack of respect" in public places.

The food

Thai cuisine is one of the most exciting in the world. The food is spicy. Everything is served fresh and beautiful - but in a wonderful mix: soup "Tom Yam" - rice - vegetables and fish. Some dishes are sweetened with coconut, and some deadly strong. If the mouth burns, then the best cure is to eat rice - it soothes better than water. If you have a bad stomach - drink Coke.

Feel free to eat the local food – also from the stalls along the streets, where you can see if the food is freshly prepared. The freshest meat is usually duck and chicken - otherwise eat noodles, rice and boiled / fried vegetables. Fresh fruit is peeled.

Drink plenty of fluids (preferably a few liters of water at least a day) and drink clean – only from a bottle with a banderole. Beware of ice cubes bought in small bars. Ice cubes bought in bags – including those delivered from the base – are made from drinking water.


It is recommended to have a small note with the name and address of the hotel / resort written in the local alphabet. The local taxis cannot always read English or understand a road map. In the cities, there is the option of Meter-Taxi. That is that you drive at a fixed taxi meter price (surcharge after midnight) and this is by far the cheapest. Alternatively, there are private taxis, the price of which should be agreed in advance. TUK-TUK are the typical moped taxis that drive quickly and everywhere in the city. Always agree on the price in advance.


Money, valuables, passports etc. should probably be carried on you when you travel around or go ashore - there is no reason to tempt weak souls. In addition, it must be said that we have felt safe everywhere on our journey, even in the smallest alleys. We have never had unwelcome guests on board during the sailing trip - but a pleasant visit from the local fishermen or residents in longtail boats who are happy to offer a trip on board - possibly. an excursion (upon agreed price) through the mangrove swamps to "Gibsy Village" - one of the fishing villages, where everything is built on stilts in the water. Here there is also the opportunity to be supplemented with some provisions.


On arrival at an international airport, an exchange is recommended.

Thailand: 100 baht (THB) 1 baht = 100 satangs

Malaysia: The currency is the ringgit (MYR). 1 ringgit = 100 sen

In larger cities, you can exchange money in banks and at local exchange offices (Exchange Office). It can also be exchanged at hotels, e.g. at the marina, but the rate is less advantageous.

• Bring US$ - it gives the best exchange rate.

• Credit Cards can be used in banks, larger shops and restaurants. Can only be used to a limited extent outside the sailing area.

We offer price guarantee. Call us at (+45) 39 16 33 44

Select your destination below