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.
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.
Christmas for many families means hoping for snow, indulging on Christmas Pudding and watching Love Actually on repeat…Why not shake things up this Christmas? Christmas in Thailand would mean waking up to gorgeous heat, spending the day on the luxurious beach, swimming in the dazzling sea. Surely an island paradise sounds more pleasurable than wrapping up warmly and having the same routine year on year?
Thailand is undoubtedly a country of raw natural beauty – whether it is the palm-lined beaches, exotic cuisine or the starry skies of floating lanterns, a Thai yacht charteris bound to awaken all your senses. From twinkling light ceremonies to whitewater rafting, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Thailand over the next few months…
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…Continue reading →
The Kings Cup Regatta in Phuket is Asia’s biggest regatta, and has just completed its annual event in Phuket. The event really marks the start of high season for sailing around Phuket, with many Phuket charter yachts either watching or competing, and then being heavily booked on charters until the end of April.
Around this time each year, as high season in Thailand kicks into action, a selection of superyachts from the Med and Indonesia head to Phuket to cruise the stunning sailing grounds of Phang Nga Bay, Krabi, the Similan and Phi Phi Islands, and to visit the Andaman Sea destinations of Langkawi, Myanmarand the Andaman Islands.This year is no exception, and in this article we highlight a few of these amazing luxury yachts that are available for a Phuket boat rentalin the coming months.
The east coast of Phuket offers all year round sailing, with the stunning scenery of Phang Nga Bay being protected by land masses on both sides. May to October is southwest monsoon winds so the waters west of Phuket, exposed to the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, and with no protected anchorages, are off limits during that time. From the 1st November, the Similan Islands, Surin Islands and the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar are officially open for business.
One of the biggest impediments to the growth of the market for luxury yacht charter Phuket has now been removed, with the recent announcement that foreign flagged yachts can now apply for a Superyacht Charter License for Thailand. This is exciting and beneficial news for us as well as you, our clients!