Thailand - Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Chang

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The Kingdom of Thailand is an independent country that lies in the heart of Southeast Asia. Known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ this colourful and vibrant country is rich with history and home to a peaceful, hospitable and generous population. The culture of Thailand incorporates a great deal of influence from India, China, Cambodia, and the rest of Southeast Asia.

Thailand conjures up such exotic images and provides the visitor a feast for their senses full of eastern promise. With sunshine drenched beaches and Jungle-like hills softly humming with the mystical sounds of chanting Buddhist monks, and buzzing markets crammed full of aromatic food stalls this enchanting country entices and amazes you at every turn.

Thailand’s beaches are world famous and it’s no wonder. Fine sand and warm inviting water surrounded by stunning scenery. You'll experience paradise with an exotic twist, whether you want a lively resort environment with restaurants and bars, or a remote unspoiled and tranquil secluded beach fringed anchorage there's an ideal option for everyday.

The climate of Thailand is tropical, with an average annual temperature of 28°C and high humidity. It can get very hot in the Central Plains and south, but is cooler in the northern hills. Overall the best time to visit is November to March when days are mostly dry and the humidity lower, although Koh Samui is best from June to September.

Sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing along with various options for hiking and walking ashore provide everything you could hope for from a yacht charter in this amazing destination. There are three main destinations in the recommended charter areas.

Phuket

The waters surrounding Phuket offer ideal sailing conditions all year round. The peak season from November to April with winds from the NE offers champagne sailing conditions and during the green season from May to October the winds prevail from the SW. The famous Phang Nga Bay, the southern islands, Krabi, Phi Phi and Similans are simply wonderful to explore and discover the delights of the Andaman Sea. Phuket has direct flight connections to many international destinations and although Phuket itself is a lively haven of activity, beautiful beaches and wildlife are never more than a short passage away.

Koh Samui

Located in the western Gulf of Thailand just 50 miles off the coast of Suratthani and about 340 miles south of Bangkok the naturally beautiful and charming Koh Samui’s has a unique style that means it is rapidly becoming one of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations. In contrast to many other parts of Thailand and due to its surrounding islands this area offers fine and dry weather in the European Summer season of May to September.

Koh Chang

Located in the eastern Gulf of Thailand, this area offers amazing sailing throughout the Koh Chang archipelago. Koh Chang itself is surrounded by clear waters while a terrain of high peaks and steep cliffs provide a magnificent backdrop to its breathtaking coastline. It incorporates the Koh Chang National Park which makes it the second largest island in Thailand after Phuket. The recommended sailing period is from October to April.



» Picturesque harbours
» Diverse sailing options
» Stunning natural environment
» Explore countless islands
» Enjoy solitude in a quiet anchorage

Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for Thailand

The climate of Thailand is tropical, with an average annual temperature of 28°C and high humidity. It can get very hot in the Central Plains and south, but is cooler in the northern hills. Overall the best time to visit is November to March when days are mostly dry and the humidity lower, although Koh Samui is best from June to September.

Phuket

Phuket is a year round sailing destination with a tidal range of approximately two to three metres. From November to April the dry monsoon brings stable north-easterly winds ranging from 5 – 20 knots (5 – 23 Mph).

The weather is sunny and dry and the seas generally calm. The wet monsoon, from May to October, brings the occasional tropical shower and stronger, south-westerly winds, making for more exhilarating sailing.

Anchorages on Phuket’s west coast cannot be used during this period and there can be significant swell in exposed areas.

A Phuket bareboat yacht charter is suitable for sailors with a few years experience.

Koh Chang

From November to April, conditions for a Thai yacht charter are at their very best. The tidal range is from one to two metres, the weather is warm and dry, north-easterly winds are light to moderate, the seas are calm and the sun shines – perfect conditions for a Thai sailing holiday.

Scenic overnight anchorages are plentiful. Skippers need to keep an eye on the charts and watch out for coral reefs and the sand dunes that emerge during low tide. Koh Chang is a destination suited to confident sailors with a reasonable level of sailing expertise.

Koh Samui

During the dry season from May to October, there are good south-westerly winds and the sailing can be exciting. Despite the occasional tropical shower, the sailing area remains mainly sheltered.

The tidal range is between one and two metres. Skippers need to take care not to damage the reefs of live coral when dropping anchor in the near crystal clear waters.

An anchorage off one of the pristine islands of the Ang Thong National Park, with their towering Jurassic peaks and shallow emerald green water, is one of the highlights of a Koh Samui yacht charter, suitable for sailors with a reasonable level of previous experience.

Average Conditions - Phuket


  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature (c)

32

33

33

33

32

31

31

31

31

31

31

31

Low Temperature (c)

23

24

24

25

26

25

26

26

24

24

24

23

Precipitation (mm)

42

30

60

157

345

286

284

272

417

351

188

71

Average Sunshine Hours

9

9

9

8

6

5

6

6

5

6

7

8


Current Forecast:

Phuket
Day Temp Wind Wave Vis Weather
Thu
21st
31°C
W

19 kts

0.5 ft 10 km
Fri
22nd
29°C
W

18 kts

0.5 ft 9 km
Sat
23rd
30°C
W

18 kts

1.2 ft 9 km
Sun
24th
32°C
W

18 kts

1.3 ft 9 km
Mon
25th
31°C
WSW

17 kts

1.2 ft 9 km

General Information

Time difference
Thailand is +7 hours ahead of the UK

Airport
Bangkok’s Savarnabhumi Airport is approximately 16 miles east of the city centre.
From Savarnabhumi, you will require the Domestic Terminal for your connection to Phuket Airport.
Savarnabhumi Airport offers banking and a selection of bureau de change, bars, coffee shops and restaurants as well as duty free and souvenir shoping.
International departure taxes are now included in the price of the flight ticket.
Phuket Airport is approximately 30 minutes from the base.
Facilities at the airport include: bureau de change, duty free and merchandise shops, post office and restaurants.

Transfers
On arrival in Phuket, a transfer from the airport to the base can be arranged.
Transfers from Phuket Airport to the Base takes 30 minutes and can be arranged on request.
The approximate cost of a taxi for up to 4 people is £13 each way, a minibus for up to 9 people £18 each way.

Luggage
We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Passport and Visas
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
If your child is not already included on a valid British Passport they are required to hold their own passport.

Visas not required for British passport holders for visits less than 30 days. For longer duration holidays you should obtain a visa from the Thai Consulate. You should apply, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, to the Visa Dept, Royal Embassy, 29-30 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5JB.

Non-British passport holders, please contact your local consulate for advice on visa and passport requirements.

Customs and Immigration
Before leaving the airport, you will have to clear Immigration and Customs.
A landing card will be given to you on the plane, along with a Customs declaration form. Airlines will assume no liability for perishable articles, e.g. food, which may also be confiscated by Customs.

Briefings
These are carried out individually for each yacht and are mandatory for all clients. The chart brief describes the cruising area and any potential hazards. The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht and its systems and rigging. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood.

Sailing Information
Phuket has calmer conditions from November to April and more challenging from May to October

Sailing Licences
Although no sailing licences are required by the authorities, we strongly advise that you take any sailing certificates on holiday with you. This may be useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police. If you have not already done so then both the Skipper and 1st Mate will be required to fill in a Sailing CV to confirm that you have the necessary skills to sail in this region.

Formalities and Taxes
A valid passport & crew list is compulsory for clearance.
Crew list for clearance must show date of issue of passports.

Cruising Permits
The fee for clearing in and out between Malaysia and Thailand is 250 RM per person + 200 RM per yacht

Night Time Sailing
You are not permitted to sail at night unless it has been agreed with the base manager prior to departure.

Mooring Fees and Taxes
200 Baht per person per night when cruising in National Park Areas
400 Baht per person per night + 400 Baht per yacht per night when visiting the Similan or Surin islands National Park which are accessible only from November to April.
Overnight stops need to be at anchor as the mooring boys are not well maintained.

Charts & Pilot Book
Charts and pilot books can be purchased in advance by mail order from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting them direct on 02380 634911 or www.kelvinhughes.com.

Banks & Money Exchange

Currency
The unit of currency in Thailand is the Baht.
Money changing facilities are available at the airport and in most medium sized towns. We recommend that sufficient money is changed before departing into the cruising area. The average would be 1,000 baht per person per day.
The airport is easiest and there are banks and ATM machines at the Tesco supermarket. There are moneychangers at Ao Nang beach and on Phi-Phi, although the exchange rates may not be so good.

Credit Card Information
Credit cards are accepted only at larger restaurants and resorts.
 
General Information

Language
The official language is Thai, and English is widely spoken.

Cost of living in Thailand
Prices vary from restaurant to restaurant, however the following is a guide for your reference. A bottle of wine costs from about 500 baht in a supermarket and at least twice that in a restaurant. A bottle of beer costs about 35 to 45 baht in a supermarket and from 80 baht up to 150 baht in a restaurant. Good quality Thai food can cost as little as 200 baht per course in a local restaurant where a meal in a resort can cost anything from 1000 baht per person and more.

Eating Out
This can be extremely good value. If you eat at a local food stall you can get a meal for as little as 50 baht per person. Even eating in restaurants you generally pay less than 200 baht per course for delicious Thai food. Alcohol is generally more expensive than food. A small bottle of beer is about 80 baht and a reasonable bottle of wine about 1000 baht.

Thai food is all cooked to order using fresh ingredients and lots of chilli. It is quite easy to ask for the meal to be made a little less spicy for western tastes. Seafood features on every menu with chicken, pork and beef also available as well as great vegetarian food. Rice and noodles are also main staples but western food is also easily available.

Tipping
Tipping is not expected in restaurants and bars or for other services undertaken during your holiday. Should you wish to leave a tip, the rule of thumb is generally 10-15% of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill as a service charge.

Shopping
Jatujak Market The biggest market in Phuket, with over 1,000 stalls. On Chaofa West Road from Central Shopping Mall, heading south toward Chalong Bay direction; turn left at the first traffic light - Sat, Sun 16:30 - 20:30. This is a typical Thai bazaar, featuring all sorts of items from fish to clothing.

Thai silk is on the top of most visitors’ shopping lists. It is sold in a range of colours, and in various widths, lengths and thicknesses, or as bespoke products such as shirts, blouses, men's suits and ladies’ silk jackets, bedcovers and furnishings. Some of the most popular silk items in Phuket include handkerchiefs, scarves, pillow cases, photo frames, handbags, cosmetic bags and evening bags.
Jewellery, gold, Thai sapphires and pearls from local pearl farms are available everywhere.

Car Rental
At the airport you will find, David Car Rent www.davidcarrent.com and Andaman Car Rent www.andamancarrent.com  amongst others.

Electricity
The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220v you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.
It's possible to rent inverters at Phuket 100 Baht a day, in order to get 220V power under sail.

Mobile phones
Your mobile phone may work when in the Thailand but please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs. You will need to activate international roaming on your contract.

Buying a SIM card once you are in Thailand is an easier and cheaper option. A SIM card can be bought on a pay as you go basis for about 400 Thai Baht or £8. Calls are then cheap to make and free to receive.
The only thing you have to consider is whether your own mobile phone is locked. Many phone providers deliberately lock their phones to make it impossible to use on rival networks. This can be overcome however for a small price at any phone shop in Thailand.

Music/Ipods
All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your IPOD whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

Fishing
Fishing with rod and reel or hand lines is permitted in all of the cruising area and there have been no recorded instances of Ciguatera poisoning. Hand lines are available to buy from the office for 1000 baht. Spear fishing is not permitted.

Diving
The diving in Thailand is excellent. You must carry a PADI open water or equivalent qualification to be able to dive. Unqualified divers can do courses or resort dives. Prices range from centre to centre but it usually costs between 2500 Baht (£50) and 3500 Baht (£70) per person for two dives and lunch

The Similan Islands are a world class diving destination and are accessible between November and April, subject to weather conditions. These islands are situated 60 miles Northwest of Patong and would require minimum charter duration of 7 days for a visit. Diving equipment can be supplied if ordered in advance and you can arrange to meet up with a live aboard dive operator at one of the dive sites for tank refills. Further information is available from the base on request. The Surin islands are another 50 miles north of the Similans and also offer superb diving but fewer dive operators visit them. The Similan and Surin Islands are National Parks and are subject to a daily entry fee which will be collected on site.

Provisioning
Provisioning is available in this location. 

 

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