Yacht Charter Review: Asia Update

The Asia Pacific region is one of the most exciting yachting destinations in the world. Where else can you find such incredible culture, diving and mouthwatering cuisine? The governments of Thailand and Indonesia have always restricted access to visiting yachts. However, there has recently been a shift and Myanmar is the latest country to relax its laws.

Myanmar welcomes Visa-On-Arrival Program

Visitors from Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland can now enter Myanmar on visa-on-arrival at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw International Airports. These 6 countries join Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Indian and mainland Chinese nationals. Myanmar is one of the area’s best kept secrets offering ultimate tranquility!

Phuket is the leading Asia Superyacht Hub

Phuket is the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ with close proximity to Phang Nga Bay, Myanmar and Malaysia. Marinas on the island can provide berths for yachts up to 130 metres in length. These marinas are now offering full service with excellent dockage facilities, so can cater to the world’s best superyachts.

C/O Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket Thailand

“Between two and three new marinas are expected to open at Ao Po, Ao Kung and Ao Makham in the future,” reports Wiwat Chitchoetwong, referring to new development projects on Phuket. “The successful marinas in Phuket are being looked at now as models for marinas at Surat Thani province’s Koh Samui resort island in the Gulf of Thailand and Chon Buri’s Pattaya on the eastern coast”, added Mr. Chitchoetwong. 

Tempted by Southeast Asia? There really is no better time to explore the area. The Boatbookings Brokers have lived and travelled around Southeast Asia extensively, so you’re in expert hands for your 2020 yacht charter.

Samui Regatta in the Gulf of Thailand

Although Phuket is the biggest sailing area by far in Thailand, there are 2 hidden gems to discover in Koh Chang and Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. These are smaller and less developed, but still worth considering if you are looking for an alternative sailing destination to explore.

Happening right now in Koh Samui is the 15th edition of the Samui Regatta, a full week of fun in the sun and some serious racing and partying around Chaweng Beach on the east coast of Koh Samui. Whether you are a serious racer, a recreational sailor, or just an interested observer, watching this international regatta is a great way to spend your summer holidays in Samui.

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Photo credit from Samui Regatta

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Blushing Beach of Indonesia

The pink beach? No, we are not delirious from sunstroke! Many places around Asia can claim to have beautiful white sandy beaches – the Seychelles, Phuket, the Maldives, and many more around the world – but only a handful can claim to have a beautiful pink beach!

Yet this is exactly what you can find and explore on the Indonesian island of Komodo, while sailing in Indonesia.

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photo credit from alilapurma.com

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Wow Wow Wow Indonesia!

No, we have not invented a catchy new slogan for the Indonesia Tourist Board!

We have all seen the marketing slogans…..Malaysia is Truly Asia, Thailand is Definitely Amazing, and it really is More Fun in the Philippines… but “Wow Wow Wow” was the exact words our client used when boarding Phinisi 51 New World recently. For sailing in Indonesia, this fantastic Indonesian phinisi is setting the bar very high, and looks like it will be giving the Indonesian Tourist Board some more superlatives to work with!!

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Why Pick Phuket?

There cannot be many better ways to explore and admire the stunning scenery around Phuket than on your own private charter catamaran. Lots of space, with or without crew, a catamaran hire Phuket is definitely the way to cruise these beautiful sailing grounds. Try something new this year and venture out of your comfort zone, into a tropical paradise brimming with culture and excitement! Float past the Thai islands with the limestone cliffs looming over, whilst you sip coconut water and lounge on the trampoline of your catamaran… phang nga bay Continue reading

Escape to the Stunning Seychelles!

For over 40 years, the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) has been taking care of some of the most pristine waters in Asia….the marine national parks of the Seychelles! The Seychelles are easily accessible nowadays, with regular international flights from South Africa, Asia and the Middle East flying into the main island of Mahe. The other main island, Praslin, is about 4-5 hours sailing to the north, or you can take the fast catamaran service to start your Seychelles yacht hire in Praslin.

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