Guide to Sailing in Thailand

Thailand has a long coastline so its suitable for sailing. Tourists can rent sail boats and go sailing along the coast. The length of the coastline of Thailand between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand is more than 1,000 miles. This is why its nicknamed the Caribbean of the East. The waters of the seas are crystal clear and warm. Thailand does not endure any dangerous weather such as typhoons. However, there are monsoon seasons in certain months. The average temperature is between 25 and 35 degree Celsius. While sailing on the sea, you will feel a much cooler temperature of around 28 degree Celsius.

Between May and October, there will be some strong winds on Thai costal waters. If you want to sail during these months, you should go to Phang Nga Bay. During November through April, the winds will be stronger again so its recommended that you don’t sail during this period. When you are traveling on a sail boat, you can visit many places such as Phuket and Ko Phi Phi. As you sail, you will be able to observe the smaller islands near the Myanmar and Malaysian borders. The mountainous regions near Ko Chang and Kut Archipelagos really are quite spectacular.

There are many places you can go sailing in Thailand including Phang Nga Bay, Koh Samui and the Similan Islands. Phuket and Phang Nga Bay are the largest boating centers in Thailand. There are two marinas in Phuket. Nearby Phuket, there is a small community with many restaurants and a yacht club. You can set sail from the beach at Phuket and head to the southwest coasts including Nai Harn. Phang Nga Bay is located a few miles from Phuket Island. Phang Nyga Bay has over 100 islands that you can visit and many low hills cover these islands. You can also observe the limestone sea mountains and can explore the mangrove swamps and sea caves while sailing in the Phang Nga Bay area. Every year in July, the Phuket Race Week is held at Phuket. Tourists flock from overseas at this time take advantage of this opportunity to sail during the peak green season.

The Similan Islands have many large granite boulders. The granite boulders are smooth and worn out due to the weather conditions. If you like diving, you can scuba dive in the water of the Similan Islands. At a depth of 35 meters, divers can observe the colorful coral reefs and schools of tropical fish. There are whales, sharks and black marlin present in the waters as well. From the Similan Islands, tourists can sail north to the Surin Islands. The Surin Islands are about 50 nautical miles from the Similan Islands.

By Tropical Island Holidays