Our Asian sailing trips follow a simple recipe. Start with a generous scoop of aquamarine water and secret strips of golden sand (remember to remove all traces of tourist crowds). Throw in a handful of rare corals and tropical fish, then add a dash of nautical navigating. Leave to simmer while you nap and work on that Thailand tan, then take off the heat and slow it right down with a guided trek to some jungle-covered ruins. Serve with a sizzling stir-fry courtesy of your on-board chef and a jaw-dropping island sunset for good measure. Want to try the recipe for yourself? We’ve got just the sailing tour for you…
See what it is like to go sailing with Intrepid in Myanmar (Burma)
Our Asia Sailing trips
Life on the boat
When cruising the waters of the Andaman Sea, a twin-hulled catamaran is our vessel of choice. The size of the yacht may vary depending on the group, but the boat will usually have four twin-share cabins, 1-4 shared bathrooms, hot water showers and flushable toilets. Most meals, including lunches and dinners, are included on our Asia sailing trips, prepared by our resident chef on-board. Life on the boat is designed to be flexible: take a turn as skipper or kick back with a mai tai and a island sunset – it’s up to you.
Port stops on Asia sailing trips
Explore the caves of Ko Hong
Ko Hong is regarded by those in the know as the most beautiful island on the Andaman Coast. And that’s a big call. Most tourists need to organise day trips from Krabi to visit Ko Hong’s limestone cave system and secluded beaches, but not you. Pull up the catamaran and go for a swim right off the deck, or wander ashore and start exploring.
Explore on the Phuket Sailing Adventure
Hang with Moken fisherman on Bo Cho island
If you want to picture Burma’s Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago, try to think of Thailand about 150 years ago. Well away from the tourist trail, islands like the beautiful Bo Cho are time capsules inhabited by the Moken – a tribe of free-diving fisherman who live off the land (no phones, power or internet required). You won’t find a port like this anywhere else.
Explore on the Myanmar (Burma) Sailing Expedition
Hike to a waterfall on Ko Phangan
Ko Phangan is one of our favourite Thai islands, and Than Sadet one of our favourite waterfalls (you know you’re doing well when generations of Thai royalty have visited you for a dip). Hop off your catamaran and hike along lush river trails on your way to Than Sadet. Cool off in the falls, then relax at sunset with a beachside barbecue on Ko Phangan.
Explore on the Sail Ko Phi Phi to Phuket
Best time to travel
Thailand is lucky in that it’s very close to the equator and outside the cyclone zone of the Pacific and Indian Ocean, which means calm waters and idyllic sailing almost all the year round. The dry season (November to April) is generally the best choice however: there’s less chance of monsoonal rain and the balmy 30 degree days make for some wonderfully refreshing swims off the back of the boat. During the wet season (May to October), winds are better for sailing, but heavy rains can often blow in unpredictably. We run two sailing trips: on the west coast Nov through April, and on the east coast May through October.
Michael James Forbes, Myanmar (Burma)
“I’ve been skippering boats since I was 21. I’ve sailed the Indian and Atlantic oceans, the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas, and now the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Sailing has to be one of the most peaceful forms of transport on the planet. If you have not experienced it, you’ll never know how incredible this feeling is. I see sailing as a great adventure. No two days are ever the same. You become acutely aware of your surroundings and the calming effect of the ocean.”
Burma (Myanmar) Sailing Adventure ex Phuket, February 2017
Great sailing trip though the wind was unseasonably soft during Feb 2017. Vessel very well maintained and safe. Thinking of doing a fortnight trip on Simile at some stage.
Review submitted 19 Apr 2017
Burma (Myanmar) Sailing Adventure ex Phuket, April 2017
An Intrepid adventure I met Mike and Marie, On a Myanmar sailing trip far out to sea! Needed to get away and detox my brain, With heaps of sun, sea water and rain! With Lwin and Arkar I didn’t have a care, The captain and cook were a breath of fresh air! Sarah from England, how nice was she, Took one look at Juan, he’s cute as could be! Didn’t understand a word he said, But beautiful hair he had on his head! Klaudija and Barbara, a pleasure to have around, That tall guy Johann, hardly made a sound! But a professional photographer he captured a lot, Always getting the very best shot! Lastly Yulia, took me forever to say her name, But always trying anything, she was game! She’s one of the most caring people I’ve met, Seriously this is one of my best trips yet! Thanks to you all, a joy to have you all around, But we’re all home now safe and sound! Great memories and adventures, how lucky am I, See you later, but it’s NEVER GOODBYE!
Review submitted 16 Apr 2017
Sail Phuket to Ko Phi Phi, March 2017
I highly recommend sailing any Island in the World with Intrepid. From The Captin to the crew to the Boat, everything was fantastic. The Boat did not have AC, it was hot at times. A small price to pay to sail The Phi Phi Islands. For the price, it is the best way to see the Islands without all the crowds.
Review submitted 14 Apr 2017
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