We spoke with Julia, one of our operators who works in Thailand.
Read her suggestions below to plan your perfect trip in this beautiful country!

 

Which is the best period to visit Thailand?

Thailand is promoted as an all-year-round destination, but we do have perfect 2 seasons. The high season period, from November until April, is known for its dry and sunny weather, as well as calm sea. The green season, when it rains more frequently, is from May until October. This is when the weather can have occasional showers or sea swell. In these conditions charter yachts normally visit sheltered bays and stay close to the shore. In either season the temperature does not drop below a daily average of 26 °C (78 °F).


If someone has a week to spend there what itinerary do you suggest for a family and for a couple?

A perfect boating vacation would see our clients enjoy a relaxing hotel on arrival before stepping aboard one of our wonderful yachts. If you are chartering a sailing yacht then we recommend exploring the scenic Phang Nga Bay and Krabi area famous for their limestone rocks and caves. If you are wanting a fast motor yacht, then you can start your cruise from as far as Langkawi Island in Malaysia and enjoy daily stops at the stunning islands on your way to Phuket.


What is the best itinerary for a group of young people looking to party?

It can be a 2 day/1 night cruise starting in Phuket or Krabi and spending the day sailing or motoring to Phi Phi or Lanta Islands with many beach bars and fun hotels. There you can enjoy the beach activities like parasailing, jet skis, and snorkelling. After spending the night at anchor you can cruise back to Phuket and step ashore on the west coast where all the beach bars and clubs will welcome you.


And last but not least, what is the perfect sailing adventure for very active/sporty people?

Phuket is surrounded by many beautiful locations that can be either seen as relaxing or challenging. If you are looking for an active holiday the boats can come supplied with onboard sports equipment for diving, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, etc. Some islands offer good hilly walks, cycle hire facilities, rock climbing, or mangrove forests to explore by kayak. Or enjoy our day sailing boats, lightweight, fast, and ideal for the small boat sailor or a corporate day challenge.


Some people are concerned Thailand, especially Bangkok and Phuket, are full of tourists, but it’s also true what with a boat one can escape the crowds… What are the islands that are stunning however are less visited?

I can only say that definitely there are islands that are less or hardly visited. However, I will keep them a secret, because we only disclose those locations to our customers.


Which are the typical dishes that we have to eat, during a cruise in Thailand

When in Thailand try the local hot and sour soups like Tom Yum (normally comes with prawns), Tom Ka (with coconut milk and chicken), and various curries. Fried rice or Pad Thai noodles with chicken or seafood are another mouth-watering choices! Thai food is very delicious and suitable for all tastes, even if you don’t like it spicy.


What is the best dress code to sail?

The sun in Thailand is very strong due to the close proximity to the equator. You can get burnt literally within 15 minutes. So make sure to apply a sunscreen lotion at all times, as well as to have a hat, sunglasses, and a shirt to cover your shoulders and arms. It is recommended to have a quick-drying clothes and a spare change of them on the boat. A lightweight rain gear can be useful too.


Is it possible to rent a boat without skipper in these place? What are the rules to be respected?

Yes, we offer bareboat charters too. To be able to do it you need to show your certificates proving your skills and qualifications. Security deposit is charged additionally to a charter rate and is normally paid back after the charter.


Tell us a Thai tradition not many people know of:

On a charter yacht you will be assisted by a Thai crew. They will be very pleased to see your respect to their traditions. First, Thais smile whenever they can – always return someone's smile! Second, take your shoes off when entering someone’s house. A boat is no exception. Third, never disrespect the King of Thailand in your talks – it is prohibited and can actually land you in prison! And the last but not least, respect the natural beauty of Thailand and do not throw any garbage into the sea or leave it on the beach. By the way, it is a good tradition to tip the crew after the charter if you liked their service.


Not only a relaxing vacation: What is the perfect itinerary to match relaxation + culture + meditation?

Wherever you wish to find an inner peace we can arrange it all: be it a secluded beach, a boat with a personal yoga trainer, or a 5-star spa on the island. Likewise, a Thai culture can be witnessed in different places: in a simple sea front Thai restaurant, a Buddhist temple, or a sea gipsy village in the places like Krabi Province, or Lanta Island included into our cruising itineraries.


Thailand has many islands, but a lot are unknown. In your opinion which is/are the most beautiful island/s that travellers have to see if they come to Thailand?

Phuket is surrounded by an archipelago of more than 200 islands with only a handful visited regularly by tourists. We have selected an array of islands both secluded and beautiful that we take our private customers to.


The best snorkeling and diving spot...

Similan Islands are regularly included in the lists of top diving destinations of the world. They offer at least 25 individual dive sites, and the underwater visibility here is the best you can find in Thailand. Make sure you visit the Similans from December until April as they are closed for visiting the rest of the year due to a strong sea swell.