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.
“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.
The Boatbookings Brokers have delivered another fantastic summer season in the Mediterranean. Crewed Catamaran charters continue to rise in popularity; they are extremely safe for children, provide double cabins for couples and lots of sociable volumes for families. Now that the 2019 Mediterranean season has closed, where can you go this winter to escape the dark winter nights in search of paradise?
The Caribbean continues to be the popular choice for many yacht charterers, especially around the British Virgin Islands. The Grenadines are increasing popular as the season develops, but the area we would recommend for winter 2020 is South East Asia. Phuket is easily accessible from many international hubs and provides great island hopping. You will also enjoy cultural tours and mesmerising diving opportunities. Check our 7 night Phuket crewed catamaran itinerary for inspiration.
BLUE MOON is one of our favourite Lagoon catamarans in Thailand. Not only is BLUE MOON one of the newest Lagoon 52s in the area but she has a spectacular crew. Our clients rave about Captain Ning, his knowledge, experience and expertise. See a recent testimonial from one of our last charter.
M.S’s Review: 5 Stars *****
“ Captain Ning Rocks! We had an amazing family Christmas sailing from Phuket around Phang Nga bay. We made it all the way down to Koh Rok`s stunning turquoise sea and white sand beaches. The whole family love Thai food so we chose to eat Thai all week and we were amazed at how fabulous every meal was – definitely exceeded out expectations. We had never sailed on a catamaran before so we were all thrilled with how smooth she was and how much space and comfortable we were. Captain Ning knew where to take us to and timed it to ensure we avoided the busy tourist times and best of all was when we got the sail up, turned the engine off and went with the wind…. ”
We know that you will love your time around Phuket and would really recommend taking your family and friends on a Thailand adventure over the winter months. Let the Boatbookings Broker Team help you today!
We think our yachts, destinations and crew are all fantastic! But you may think we are biased… so here is feedback from a guest who chartered in Southeast Asia recently so you can hear it from someone that’s not us!
Thailand is an iconic picture-postcard destination, offering the finest gastronomic delights, culture, history and breathtaking vistas no matter where you sail. From the iconic limestone cliffs and emerald waters surrounding Phang Nga Bay to the untouched tranquil waters of the Similan islands, there really is something for everyone. We have put together some of our top tips to avoid tourists and day-trippers, so you get an authentic and luxurious journey through South East Asia.