Sail Thailand & Burma
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…
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.
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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 Burma Sailing Adventure
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 Ko Samui Sailing Adventure
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, 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.”
Sail Ko Tao to Ko Samui, June 2015
Great experience of Koh Tao and Koh Phanang. I would not think twice in booking another trip with the crew. The food was amazing and nothing was too hard for them.
Review submitted 20 Jun 2015
Sail Ko Samui to Ko Tao, June 2015
Mike was a superb captain, his crew the best, & the ship as smooth as butter! 1 of the best sailing trips ever!!
Review submitted 20 Jun 2015
Sail Ko Samui to Ko Tao, May 2015
I had such a great time on this trip! The staff were welcoming and very capable of providing all of the ingredients to a memorable adventure of a life time in regards to knowledge, attitudes and skills! Positive vibes the whole way! The food was great, The location was fantastic and I would recommend this to anyone that wants an authentic sailing experience. Great work Intrepid!
Review submitted 09 Jun 2015
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