Phuket is known as one of the premier sailing destinations of Asia, and upon arrival here it’s easy to see why. The vivid blue of the Andaman Sea is dotted with lush tropical islands ringed with powder-soft sandy beaches. No visit to Phuket is complete without taking at least one journey into these exquisite sailing waters.
Just minutes off the east coast of Phuket lies Phang Nga Bay, where you’ll find the towering limestone karsts that have inspired many a painting, while many other islands within easy reach of Phuket provide the postcard image of a tropical dream: palm trees, white sands, emerald waters. Sailing past limestone cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea is truly breathtaking, and the scenery is a photographer’s dream.
Raya and Coral islands are an easy sail off Phuket, perfect for a day trip exploring the clear waters with a snorkel or dive session or simply relaxing on a sunny beach. For those with more time to travel, a cruise to more remote destinations is a must. The Similan and Surin islands to the northwest are renowned for their pristine waters and abundance of tropical marine life. Dive enthusiasts know these destinations well, as they rank among the top dive sites of the world. Exotic getaways even further west include the Mergui Archipelago of Burma and the Andaman Islands of India. These island clusters still contain many secrets that are just waiting to be revealed by those with a taste for adventure.
If you love yachting but lack the skills, then simply charter a crewed vessel with local sailing guides who will expertly sail you to all the best sailing destinations in the area. Enjoy a day at sea in utmost comfort aboard a yacht of modern luxury – Phuket has a wealth of choice for both motor and sailing yacht charters.
Phuket also plays host to international sailing regattas including the King’s Cup, and its marinas and marine services are world-class, attracting yachtsmen from all over the world. And those looking to learn to sail or improve their skills at the helm may also join a yachting course, offered at private sailing schools and the local Ao Chalong Yacht Club, which also holds regular sailing races and events.
From experienced sailors to those just getting their feet wet, Phuket’s Andaman coast is an enchanting place of discovery.
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