The stunning, white sand beaches; snorkelling amidst a myriad of tropical fish; discovering the "Lost World" of the Emerald Cave - these are the highlights of our 5 night, 6 day trip around the islands south of Phuket.
This trip is a mix of "modern day" Thailand (with a stop at the famous Phi Phi island); but mostly, doing what sailboats do best - escaping the crowds and going where most "tourists" can't!
Southern Ko Lanta, with it's gorgeously long sandy beach - even at Christmas, we've never seen it crowded here. And Ko Muk, generally only found by the more adventurous backpackers; massages on the beach are a must! Rok Nok; the marine national park with amazing snorkelling.
The huge variety of this itinerary gives you a little taste of everything!
This is an example of a typical itinerary on one of our sailing trips in Thailand - of course, no two trips are ever exactly the same.
Day One - Transfer from the airport or from your hotel to Chalong, where our yacht "Amadeus" is moored. You'll be welcomed aboard at around 11am, and after a boat briefing from your captain, we'll set sail for our first lunch stop - Mai Thon (aka "Dolphin island".
Your first taste of some great snorkelling, and also our amazing Thai crew's cooking !
After lunch, we will set sail again, this time for the famous island of Phi Phi Don ("big" Phi Phi). It's a stunningly beautiful island, with a bustling little town built along the long, flat sandbar. Towering either side, are the awesome limestone cliffs which this area is famous for.
There'll be time to wander through the streets and take in the lively ambiance; or perhaps grab one of your first Thai massages (it probably won't be your last :>). Great place to do some shopping, stock up on gorgeous sarongs for the girls or cool and colourful shirts for the guys.
Dinner will be back on the boat, time to chill out away from the crowds.
Day Two We set sail for Kantiang Beach, at the southern end of Ko Lanta. Being at the opposite end from the main town and ferry port, it's not exactly busy; even at Christmas, we've never seen this gorgeous, long sandy beach get anywhere near crowded.
It's still lively enough to have some fun places to hang out though; watch out especially for the "Why Not" Bar; the answer to "Would you like another one?" is...well, guess :).
For those feeling energetic, there's also a great hike to a waterfall (good water shoes needed, as you'll be partly walking through a small stream, through the tropical forest).
After you return, we sail a short distance further south to a secluded anchorage and here we have a great small restaurant with excellent Thai cuisine. This will give you the chance to eat out for a change and experience real Thai hospitality. (Dinner and drinks on shore are not included in the price)
We'll be setting off early this morning, with breakfast en route. We'll be heading for Ko Muk, where the most stunning hong of the entire area awaits. Officially named Emerald Cave, we often call it the "Lost World"; it feels like the perfect backdrop for a Michael Crichton movie. To find it, we swim through a dark tunnel (DisneyLand has nothing on this experience!), which opens up into a hong; kind of like a huge cave, open to the sky.
Back from the hong, we'll hoist our big sails, and hoping the wind gods are in our favour - we should reach Ko Rok Nok Island in about two hours. This area is a protected Marine Park, world-famous for it's pristine clear waters and coral reefs. Far out of range of most "tourist" boats from Phuket, there's usually only us and a few other sailboats there overnight.
In the evening, we’ll set up a barbecue on the white sand beach, where you can go visit the "Rok Nok Dragons" (okay, they're just monitor lizards really, and very mellow :>), and watch the carpet of hermit crabs scuttle across the sand at sunset.
There's also great hike up to the top of the hill; not for the faint-hearted nor weak-kneed, but the views once up there are incredible!
Day Four There'll be one last chance for a quick swim or snorkel in the morning, before we leave the amazing Rok Nok. En route to Phi Phi Li, we'll do another snorkelling stop at Ko Ha; the only other spot which can possibly rival Rok Nok for it's stunning marine life and clear waters.
We aim to arrive in Phi Phi Li late in the afternoon. This is where the Leonardo movie "The Beach" was filmed; and it is a mind-blowingly stunning spot. However, it's fame has made it a complete zoo during the day - one can hardly see the beach for all the tourist boats! Hence we arrive just as they are leaving :) - and just in time for an often spectacular sunset also.
Day Five Early morning in Maya Bay - it's worth being up with the dawn, to see The Beach as it should be; before the crazy daytrip boats start turning up.
As soon as that happens - we'll be off ! Ko Racha is our final night's destination. With any luck, we'll see a pod of bottle-nose dolphins on the way. The beach there is so fine and white, the sand almost squeaks as you walk along it !
There is a "posh" resort on Ko Racha, but the bay where we'll spend the night is very secluded, with water clear as glass. Empty the remains of your rice overboard, and you'll instantly be surrounded by an array of colourful fish!
Day Six After breakfast, we'll head back to our starting point of Phuket’s Chalong Bay. We will arrive around 11 am. We can help with transfers to your hotel or the airport. You'll be leaving with life-long memories of amazing places and people; most of which you could only experience from the freedom of a sailboat.
Sounds like the way you'd like to travel? Drop us a line and we can tell you lots more!
Please keep in mind that this is a provisional itinerary only. One of the greatest things about being on a sailing boat is the flexibility to change our minds and our route to suit personal preferences, prevailing wind conditions, etc. The start and finish points are fixed, of course - but all else is changeable according to the whims of the wind gods and those on board!
Cabin options and prices
|Double cabin en-suite||1,295 Euro per person / single person 1685 Euro|
|Double cabin shared bathroom||1195 Euro per person/ single person 1540 Euro|
|Children : must be at least 12 years old|
|Prices include:||Prices do NOT include:|
|5 nights on the yacht||Airline flights, transfers or hotels|
|Full board including 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners, as well as fruit and snacks, coffee, tea, and drinking water.||National park fees (about 30 €)|
|Snorkeling and fishing equipment||Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks|
|Bed linen and bath towels||Meals or drinks in restaurants|
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