As one of Asia’s most popular travel destinations, there’s no shortage of upscale tourism in Thailand. Between the jungle-topped islands, rocky peninsulas, limestone cliffs, azure waters, white sand beaches and tranquil bays, Thailand is the dream yacht charter destination. The natural paradise allows for memorable experiences in the form of world-famous dive spots, national parks, exotic underwater, as well as surfing and kiteboarding. If you’re searching for an unforgettable tropical getaway, we’ve put together a comprehensive 7-day yacht charter itinerary where you can experience the best of what Thailand has to offer.
Day One: James Bond Island
Begin your magnificent journey in Phuket and take a moment to enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery of the mountainous, rainforest-covered island. As you depart from Thailand’s largest island, cruise north towards Khao Phing Kan, more famously known as ‘James Bond Island’ for its appearance in the film The Man With the Golden Gun. This secluded spot consists of numerous dramatic limestone cliffs that are some of Thailand’s most stunning natural monuments, while jaw-dropping caves, mangrove forests and tranquil lagoons round out the immediate vicinity. On the nearby island of Koh Panyee lies a quiet Muslim fishing village built on stilts on the water, where you can enjoy local handicraft stores, small cafes and local delicacies.
Day Two: Phang Nga Bay
Set course for the northern area of Phang Nga Bay and anchor near Ko Phana, Ko Boi Noi or Ko Yoi Islands where you can marvel over even more stunning rock formations that were caused by a volcanic eruption. Spend the afternoon admiring the unique natural landscapes and getting lost in every nook and cranny for an unforgettable experience. Phang Nga Bay has an abundance of islands around, each with their own untouched white sand beaches and small fishing villages that are ripe for exploration. Most of the bay is quite shallow at less than 5 meters, meaning you can anchor just about anywhere that catches your attention along the way, while the crystal clear waters and underwater activity are perfect for spontaneous diving.
Day Three: Railay Beach
From Phang Nga Bay, set sail towards Krabi through the tourist-heavy area of Ao Nang Bay. While there are plenty of sights, stunning natural beauty and high-octane energy in Ao Nang, it’s worth heading a bit further to Railay Beach, where there are a number of high-end resorts, relaxing spas and a heavenly atmosphere. The dramatic limestone formations that you pass along the way will leave you awe-struck, while locals swear that the local beaches are the most pristine in all of Thailand. The Krabi province is one of the world’s greatest destinations for rope climbing, an activity that even the ubiquitous monkeys partake in. Soak in the laid-back bliss of Railay Beach over a few cocktails on the exterior of your yacht, a scene that’s even more exceptional as you watch the beautiful Thai sunset.
Day Four: Ko Lanta
The next port of call is Ko Lanta, which has become quite a popular tourist destination for its tranquil beaches that go on for miles and miles. The calm Ko Lanta is surrounded by more than 70 smaller islands, so take advantage of the abundance of beaches and find your own isolated slice of paradise. Here you can wash away your stress where the sand meets the waters, while colorful coral displays that are littered throughout make for a postcard-ready scenic views.
Day Five: Phi Phi Islands
Set off for the Phi Phi Islands, which not only continue the pattern of jaw-dropping idyllic scenery but offer a rich variety of things to do and see. Phi Phi Don is the place to be if you want to experience the legendary nightlife of Thailand, complete with blasting music shows, regular festivals and sun-kissed backpackers. By contrast, Phi Phi Leh is another popular island that is completely uninhabited except for National Park guards, so you’re sure to find yourself your own little spot of paradise among the curved bleached beaches, towering cliffs and stunning jungle interiors. From the luscious beaches to the cultural experiences, the Phi Phi Islands have it all, so leave your afternoon anchorage after dinner and don’t be afraid to indulge a little.
Day Six: Koh Racha Yai
Koh Racha is open to the Andaman Sea, so the first thing you’ll notice are the crystal clear waters. After breakfast, take advantage of the world-class diving spots where you can view the pristine coral reefs and vast array of underwater life. Fish are abundant around this rocky island and there are a number of nearby fishing hotspots where your hard work could possibly reward you with a tasty tuna or Spanish mackerel. This island isn’t very developed in comparison to some of the most popular ones among tourists, although there are a few restaurants and bars on land where you can enjoy freshly-caught cuisine.
Day Seven: Phuket
It’s time to start heading back towards Phuket. Take a leisurely cruise along the western coastline, where the soft white sands are home to high-end resorts, outdoor spas, luxury villas, sun loungers and beachside boutiques. Patong Bay is one of the largest bays on the west coast, and its easy accessibility and spacious waters have made it a popular destination among yachters. After a long day of enjoying everything Phuket has to offer, head to Surin Beach for an authentic evening meal with your feet in the sand surrounded by flaming torches, a blissful way to end your time in paradise.