So, you are organizing a sailing trip in Thailand, and you need to plan an itinerary to have a lifetime getaway, Right?
Well, in this article you will find all the information to help you plan a 7 Day sailing itinerary in Phuket.
To begin with, there are two itineraries to choose from, and a combination of two of them will allow you to enjoy your sailing holiday thoroughly!
1. The northern route through Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island to Krabi
2. The southern route through Phi Phi, Koh Lanta to Racha Island.
As I have mentioned above to get the most out of your trip, you’ll need to mix these two itineraries and make a big tour around Phang Nga up to Phuket. 7-day will provide you ample time to enjoy all kinds of watersports and picturesque sceneries in the region while taking advantages of both routes.
Day 1 – Phuket
Most of the marinas are located along the East Coast of this rain forested mountainous island. Given the smallness of the island, you may have some time to explore before getting on board.
A day sailing from Phuket will bring you to the famous Phang Nga Bay, one of the most captivating islands in Thailand. The sail provides some beautiful sights particularly the tall limestone cliffs and mysterious hongs a collapsed cave systems that make for a great start to your itinerary. Both stunning Koh Panyee and James Bond Island are great places to drop by for some sight-seeing.
James Bond …Of course, you know! The Man with the Golden Gun:)Well, this great movie was filmed on this island!
This place is surrounded by signature rocky pinnacles that offer spectacular views to enjoy before heading out for lunch at Koh Panyee. Koh Panyee is a remarkable fishing village built over water on stilts and backing out on a giant rock monolith. This is a great place to eat and purchase handicrafts for souvenirs.
The second day will bring you to Phang Nga Bay proper, which has hundreds of inlets, bays, caves, and small islands that will allow you to enjoy a delightful day of exploration in a small dinghy or kayak. Some of the most spectacular views of Phang Nga Bay are on Samet
Some of the most spectacular views of Phang Nga Bay are on Samet Nangshe Viewpoint. Half an hour drive from Phuket, it is located on a hilltop offering stunning views of the limestone islets of Phang Nga Bay.
Day 3 – Krabi
Heading South on the third day of your sail will bring you towards the stunning mountain scenery and fabulous beach of Krabi and Ao Nang Bay. With Rock walls protecting the beach from vehicular entry, Ao Nang has clear shallow waters with the bay providing secure anchorage about 5 meters offshore.
If you are up for some exertion, head to Laem Nang at the tip of Railay beach where you can revel in some rock climbing, or hire a boat for some snorkeling in the clear waters. For a more leisurely exploration, take a stroll on the headland at low tide for some spectacular views of overhangs, fissures, and caves.
Day 4 – Koh Lanta
If anything could drag you away from the delights of Railay Beach, it would be Koh Lanta. This charming group of 52 islands 70 km south of Krabi provides peace and quiet with its set of gorgeous attractions.
It abounds with verdant tropical forests, clear emerald waters, stunning coral reefs, sand and gravel beaches, and loads of spectacular marine life that make for some great snorkeling excursion. So far away from the main towns of Krabi and Phuket, these are one of the most peaceful and relaxed
So far away from the main towns of Krabi and Phuket, these are one of the most peaceful and relaxed destinations in your Thailand itinerary. In fact, you may need more than one day of these spots of unspoiled nature.
The setting for the film “The Beach” that starred Leonardo Di Caprio, the Phi Phi Islands may be the only reason for you to sail the Phuket Islands. The island’s sheer cliffs rise from the sea like a fortress then make way to a jungle fronting the beach. What more could you ask for?
Few places in the world are as laid back as Phi Phi Island with Phi Phi Leh near Krabi and Phuket completely uninhabited, while Phi Phi Don is devoid of roads. With no hustle and bustle, no schedule, and no reason to be in a hurry spend the day diving and snorkeling in the azure waters or scale the cliffs for some fantastic sunset views.
Day 6 – Racha Islands
12 km south of Phuket are the Racha islands also known as the Raya Islands. These provide for excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities. Racha Yai announces itself in grand fashion, and you will most likely land on Ao Bungalow, the U-shaped main bay that has some of the clearest water perfect for snorkeling and diving.
Day 7 – Back to Phuket
Sailing back north of Phuket there are several islands that you can visit off the East coast on the last day of your sailing trip. Here the best spots for some snorkeling at the world famous Coral Island or head to Kahai Nok to feed the fishes.
I would recommend you take the seven-day charter if you want to explore and enjoy Phuket in all its splendor. If you are short on time and would rather make the 5-day trip, I suggest that you cut out Racha Islands or Koh Lanta. You would still get to see the world-class Phi Phi Islands and the incredible limestone pinnacles, caves, and forested scenery north of Phang Nga Bay. The 7-day itinerary is perfect for a honeymoon charter or family trip where you just want to drink it all in with no hurry.
What about you? Do you have another route to add to the list? If so, feel free to share it in the comment below!