Sail through the idyllic islands of Thailand and enjoy a perfect island getaway
Just imagine 7 fabulous days enjoying sublime seascapes of shimmering turquoise water, white sandy beaches and craggy limestone peaks. That's just what you get on this sailing jaunt in the beautiful Andaman Sea – a chance to experience the region with the wind in your hair, while still having plenty of time to swim, snorkel, explore or simply chill out on deck. What a great way to travel!
- Phuket, Thailand
- Phuket, Thailand
- Physical rating
- Min 15
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 14
Why we love this trip
Leave behind the vibrant, modern pizazz of Phuket and set sail on the beautifully calm waters of the Andaman Sea
There are few things more relaxing than sleeping out beneath the stars, rocked by the gentle pitch of a yacht
Slip into the indulgent beach-loving life with walks on the finest white sand, and swims and snorkels in the inviting azure waters of Thailand’s best beaches
Feast on delicious food with no effort at all, with the on-board chef whipping up Thai favourites
Luxuriate in the biggest decision of a day being whether to paddleboard or kayak
Is this trip right for you?
As the majority of this trip takes place on a sailing boat, you’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the vessel, including the use of stairs. With that said, sea legs come naturally to some but not so much for others. Your friendly crew will be able to help with the effects of sea sickness if needed.
A zodiac is used to transport passengers from the boat to the mainland, with landings taking place at piers (dry landings) as well as on beaches (wet landings). Zodiacs can sometimes be awkward to climb in and out of, but a sense of humour and can-do attitude is all you need.
This is an adventure on board a real yacht, which means living spaces, cabins, bathrooms and showers need to be shared with other passengers. Sleeping quarters can be quite compact, but you will be spending the majority of your time above board in the open air.
Time on the water also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, such as sun screen and a hat, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. See ‘Essential Trip Information’ below for a full packing list.
Please note that smooth sailing is dependent on the weather, so itinerary changes may occur at the last minute if the weather becomes unfavourable. If any changes are made, you can trust in your knowledgeable skipper to choose an alternative route or activity.
Due to the size of the yachts, sound carries easily from one side to the other and can wake your fellow travellers. If you’re planning to have a late night, it’s a good idea to head into town and experience the local night life.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 November 2016 to 30 April 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 November 2017 - 30 April 2018
Notes: The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on weather and berth availability. Your skipper will make the final call to ensure your safety at all times.
- Overnight boat (1 night)
Meals IncludedThere are no meals included on this day.
Set sail this morning towards the lonely island of Ko Hong. Half way between the island of Ko Yao Noi and Krabi, Ko Hong is truly desert island destination, uninhabited except for gibbons, birds, and lizards, where two powdery white sand beaches line twin bays. The name translates to ‘Room’, and this might refer to the tranquil lagoon hidden inside the island. Here you’ll take out the dinghy and explore the sea caves before stopping on the quintessential image of a tropical beach for swimming and snorkelling. Strap on a mask or perhaps chill out on deck with a good book and a bowl of fresh fruit. Your sailing day ends in Railay, a paradise for rock climbers with sheer-sided limestone mountains around the beach. If you’re feeling adventurous, and whether you're a novice or a pro, being securely tied high up a limestone cliff-face looking down on jungle and crystalline seas is unforgettable. After viewing a stunning sunset, have dinner ashore amid the cluster of lively restaurants and bars. Back on the boat you can choose to spend another night of this fabulously relaxing Thailand sailing adventure sleeping out on the deck under the stars.
Spend an early morning on Railay Beach (before everyone arrives), then sail to the most talked about place in Thailand – the island group of Ko Phi Phi. For many, this is the iconic image of the country – two islands connected by a great arc of pure white sand, striking limestone cliffs, and water that’s an unbelievably inviting shade of turquoise green. The island draws people through its fame as the location of Leonardo Di Caprio’s ‘The Beach’, but also for its colourful marine life, shops, bars, restaurants and fire spectacles on the beach. Try to spot schools of brightly coloured fish off the coast of Phi Phi before sailing on to Phi Phi Don. In free time, hike to Phi Phi viewpoint, go fishing, rock climbing, or just enjoy the beaches and buzzing nightlife.
Pull up the anchor early this morning and sail north, before stopping at Monkey Bay for some snorkelling. Just outside Loh Dalum Bay to the west, Monkey Bay’s beach is one of the most beautiful in the whole of Thailand, not just Phi Phi, which is really saying something in a country blessed with endless gorgeous sands. The bay gets its name from the monkeys who cavort around on the beach – keep an eye on any of your possessions as they are pretty cheeky! The water is clear and the coral is just below the surface – brightly coloured fish dart here and there, inches from your mask. After lunch, in the afternoon continue northwest to the undeveloped, unspoilt island of Ko Yao Yai. Here you’ll find lovely lonely beaches surrounded by mangroves. Around the beautiful bays there’s excellent snorkelling, leafy forest trails and sea kayaking to choose from. It’s a great place to relax away from the tourist trail and absorb the natural wonders, somewhere where glimpses of traditional island culture are still seen. Later this evening, head out to the beach to cap off another unforgettable day with a night beach BBQ, maybe grilling up some fresh caught earlier today. Relax the night away beside a fire pit, and watch the sun sink beneath the waves.
Set sail across a postcard landscape of shimmering azure waters and island-studded bays southwest to Ko Racha. Known for the clearest blue water in the area, these islands are a great destination for snorkelling, and are mainly home to farmers and fishermen. Enjoy these fine powder white sandy beaches, get active in the warm and inviting water with activities like kayaking or paddle boarding, or head ashore to take a walk across the island, passing coconut groves and the occasional water buffalo grazing, and be treated to some spectacular views. Maybe strap on a mask and head underwater with great visibility and clarity, where you can mingle with a wealth of curious marine life in a protected cove, or perhaps simply chill out on deck and enjoy the view. Spend your last evening on the boat soaking up this unique location and view. Don’t forget to make the most of your wonderful surroundings by choosing to sleep out on deck under the stars.
- Overnight boat (5 nights)
- Breakfast (5)
- Lunch (4)
- Dinner (4)
- Overnight boat (1 night)
Meals6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
AccommodationOvernight boat (6 nights)
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1. The tour commences from Phuket on day 1 at 1pm and finishes on arrival into Phuket on day 7 at approximately 12pm depending on weather conditions.
2. All travellers must pay National Park fees locally. Please allow US$20 for these fees.
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Our Phuket Sailing Adventure trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 15 reviews in the last year.
Phuket Sailing Adventure, March 2017
As a first time solo traveler I was incredibly nervous about committing to such an exotic destination but I'm so incredibly glad I did. Everything I looked was was literally the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. This trip has awakened an incredible wanderlust that I can't wait to fulfill. Biggest tip I have: pack lightly! There's no need for so much stuff! Anyone is guaranteed to love it.
Review submitted 22 Mar 2017
Phuket Sailing Adventure, March 2017
This sailing trip was a trip of a lifetime (and I've sailed many times before) because of the relaxed group atmosphere and excellent itinerary. Definitely intended for seasoned travelers who do not require high end accommodations and who have a sense of adventure.
Review submitted 12 Mar 2017