If you are tired of western traditional destinations and as your next destination you are looking for something more exotic and oriental, in this article we will sail with our charter yacht among some of the most beautiful beaches in the world located between Thailand and Malaysia. Let’s follow us!
The Andaman Sea laps the western coasts of Thailand and Malaysia up to the Strait of Malacca. The peninsula that is bathed by its waters, a long and narrow strip of land divided between these two nations, is scattered with islands, islets, and cliffs that offer visitors unique and typical landscapes of these lands. Here the sea blends with the beaches and the surrounding nature to create breathtaking views worthy of the best cover photos.
Our itinerary will cover this stretch of sea and coast from north to south. The journey will start from the famous Thailand island of Phuket covering 12 stages on our route that will finally lead us to one of the most famous Malaysian tourist destinations, namely Langkawi.
What is the best period for a yacht tour in the Andaman Sea?
Choosing the right time to visit these places is not an aspect to be underestimated.
Due to the frequent monsoons that hit the Andaman Sea in the summer months, we advise you not to leave in the months between May and September. A holiday here is instead ideal for escaping the cold winter months.
How to get to Phuket?
Getting to Phuket is very simple thanks to an efficient international airport that connects it with the rest of Thailand and with various international destinations.
It is one of the most famous destinations worldwide and is the most touristic island in the whole of Thailand. It is located in the west of the country, in the Andaman archipelago
Once you pass the passport control, you have the feeling of having arrived in a place where time has stopped, surrounded by lush nature you can admire everyday life scenarios.
Once on the island, it’s time to set sail in the Andaman Sea
Your charter yacht awaits you in Ao Chalong, the largest port in Phuket for all types of boats, including yachts and speedboats.
Don’t forget that, whatever your destination, for this kind of travel it is always good to rely on specialized rental companies. Our advice in this regard is Your Boat Holiday, a serious and responsible company to entrust with the complete management of your trip.
Here is our sailing itinerary around the Andaman Sea
Day 1: from Phuket to the Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are located in the Andaman Sea and are about 80 kilometers from Phuket; They are well known and appreciated for the hidden wonders on the seabed, in fact, they are often included in the list of the 10 most beautiful and interesting diving areas in the world and it is also for this reason that the archipelago has become, in recent years, a destination for yachts and boats.
The name Similan derives from the Malay language and means “nine”, like the number of islands that are part of this archipelago.
Before booking a trip to these places, it is good to know that on some islands access is prohibited because sea turtles lay their eggs here.
Day 2: from the Similan islands to the Koh Yao islands
The island of Koh Yao Yai together with Koh Yao Noi, makes up the archipelago of Koh Yao.
This archipelago is located between Phuket and the Krabi Province and covers an area of 137 square kilometers. Visitors and tourists who arrive here are offered a natural spectacle of rare beauty.
In Thai Ko Yao Yai means big long island and, instead, Ko Yao Noi means small long island.
It is a very quiet and private environment highly recommended for those looking for natural beauty and silence that only an environment like this can offer.
Day 3: from Koh Yao islands to Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is located between Phuket and Krabi. It is a series of rock formations that populate postcards and images of Thailand on the Internet.
The main feature of this area is its limestone caves that seem to fly over the turquoise blue water, a tropical landscape where you can get a breath of fresh air.
Among the best-known destinations in this area, we find James Bond Island. This famous place has earned its fame by appearing as the set of one of the James Bond movies.
For this reason, it appears in almost all organized excursions for tourists and sometimes can be very crowded
Day 4: from Phang Nga to Krabi province
Among the must-see destinations, the beaches of Krabi province are absolutely in the first places. Among the most spectacular beaches is Ao Nang Beach, one of the largest and most easily accessible but which nevertheless remains uncrowded and very quiet, ideal for those looking for total relaxation.
The beach view is breathtaking: limestone rocks emerge from the waters that create unique plays of light and shadows. The water is shallow and is also great for bringing children.
If you prefer a bit of adventure, there are many possible excursions to choose from such as jungle trekking, elephant trekking, visits to waterfalls and temples.
Day 5: Raleigh Beach
Speaking of beaches, Raleigh Beach is among those that most identify Thailand in the world and certainly deserves a whole day dedicated to it.
Surrounded by cliffs and accessible only from the sea, it offers the possibility of kayaking and above all it is a place known for rock climbing. Here, in fact, the cliffs rise vertically from the sea. Beginners can sign up for an introduction to this sport and, under the guidance of an instructor, climb walls safely and securely.
Day 6: from Krabi to Koh Gai
The neighboring island of Koh Gai, otherwise known as Chicken Island due to the protruding rock formation that resembles a chicken’s head, is an easily accessible destination from Krabi.
At low tide, it is possible to walk along a long white sandbar that connects various islands. It is also an excellent place for diving in waters home to many corals and tropical fish.
Day 7 – Day 8: the Phi Phi islands
Phi Phi island is probably one of Thailand’s most popular destinations. These are two spectacular islands of the archipelago consisting of 6 islands and islets, which only Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh are inhabited.
They are located 40 km south of Krabi and 48 km east of Phuket and have become extremely famous since 1999 when they appeared in the movie The Beach with Leonardo Di Caprio.
Today Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh have become, respectively, a thriving center of Thai tourism and a pristine national marine park, overlooked by the magnificent Maya Beach and Lagoon Bay.
Koh Phi Phi Don, the island on which tourists disembark, is actually made up of two distinct islands connected by a small strip of sand and palm trees. This sand strip creates a splendid double bay, perfectly symmetrical.
Day 9: from Phi Phi islands to Koh Lanta
Today we sail to Koh Lanta where we find an abundance of wildlife in the mangroves and rainforest. The beaches are surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, ideal for further underwater exploration.
If you’re in the mood for an inland adventure instead, head to Khlong Chak Waterfall on a rainforest hike.
Day 10: from Koh Lanta to Koh Rok
Koh Rok, located about 45 minutes from Koh Lanta Yai, is a true tropical paradise and one of the most beautiful and unspoiled Thailand island pairs.
The two small islands called respectively Koh Rok Nai and Koh Rok Nok, are separated by a narrow stretch of sea protected by the establishment of a marine national park. The islands are absolutely virgin: No accommodation or camp is possible here.
From 11: From Koh Rok to Tarutao National Park
Included in the homonymous National Park, Koh Tarutao is the largest island within the protected area. A strip of land just 26 km long, surrounded by crystal clear waters, and characterized by an incredible variety of natural environments
Koh Tarutao is an island of unique beauty and biodiversity. The hinterland has hills of modest height (maximum 700 meters) and evergreen rainforests, while the coast is made up of dense mangroves, limestone caves, lagoons, and enchanting beaches.
Koh Tarutao is accessed from the north-west side where Ao Pante is located and where the ferries land.
If you want to go inside the island, you can do it with a boat trip along a navigable channel that winds its way through impressive mangrove roots and fronds. In a short time, you will find yourself immersed in the songs of tropical birds, which will accompany you to the crocodile cave.
Day 12: Langkawi
Langkawi Island is one of Malaysia’s top tourist destinations. One of those places where the name already brings to mind images of tropical paradises and carefree days spent in the shade of beautiful coconut palms moved by a light sea breeze.
In Pulau Langkawi, the landscape is characterized by long sandy beaches and hills covered with jungle. Inland, however, you will find picturesque villages and green rice fields.
Langkawi is also one of the most advertised destinations in all of Malaysia due to the fact that it is a duty-free island, an undisputed paradise for shoppers!
Despite this, Langkawi remains a typically Malaysian rural island, made up of small villages, rice fields, and many natural beauties.
The port of Kuah is the most important town on the island and the reference point for visiting the many beaches in the area.
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