To the SW of our base Phuket you find open water with a few dotted islands such as Ko Racha and Ko Rok Nok. In the SW monsoon (May - October) sailing can be quite exhilarating here, In the NE monsoon (November - April) there is usually a steady moderate breeze.
12 miles south of Phuket
A very popular anchorage with an excellent beach, crystal clear water and a new resort with restaurants. Racha is also a popular snorkel, kayak and dive destination near Phuket.
48 miles South of Phuket
These twin islands are separated by narrow channel. Anchorage is in the channel with gin-clear clear water, good snorkeling, plenty of beaches to explore by kayak, a trek ashore to a lookout and diving. There is a shrine on the shore surrounded by phallus effigies. You will find minimal facilities at the National Parks station. Expect to see some day tourist boats with the place to yourselves early morning and later afternoon and over night. Pure Relaxation.
28 miles ESE of Phuket
Koh Phi Phi Lee
Here we find Maya Bay made famous by the movie "The Beach". Phi Phi Le lays 20 miles east of Phuket Island. Maya Bay is a picturesque bay with majestic limestone cliffs. Phi Phi Lee makes a pleasant stopover before Phi Phi Don. Phi Phi is a great place to partake in a traditional Thai massage
Is an excellent anchorage in most if not all conditions and is protected by huge limestone cliffs. Facilities ashore include numerous restaurants catering for all tastes, low- key nightclubs and the mandatory clothes and souvenir shops. There are an abundance of activities ashore to keep one occupied. One of the most pleasant walks in the area can be found here, to a lookout above the two bays, Tonsai Bay and Yongkasem Bay. Picture postcard quality photos can be taken here.
East and S.East of Phuket Island - Phang Nga East and S.East of Phuket Island - Phang Nga One could cruise here for many months exploring the creeks, going up the rivers and drying out in the mangrove swamps. A typical feature are the hongs, high limestone islands which have collapsed in the middle leaving a landlocked lagoon. Several of these lagoons are accessible by dinghy or kayak at low tide via a cave.
Phang Nga Bay is 30 miles NE of Phuket with 220sq miles of breathtaking surroundings. Here you will find numerous limestone formations rising vertically up from the seabed to as high as 350 m (1150 ft) make up scenery that is unique in the world. Several of the pinnacles shaped islands feature hongs (Thai for room). A Hong is a large space inside, such an island with a chimney -like opening to the sky. Try to imagine being inside the crater of a long-dead volcano. Access to hongs is mostly by kayak or dinghy at certain heights of the tide. The atmosphere inside a Hong is one of a strange tranquility and sheer beauty Phang Nga Bay's limestone islands and cliffs are riddled with caves, many of which can be safely explored on foot or again by kayak or dinghy. On the shores you'll find prolific flora and fauna. In the late afternoons you will often see and hear crab-eating macaques (monkeys) on the beaches hunting their favourite prey.
Here one finds the off shore Similan- and Surin Islands, the latter close to the Burmese border. They offer the best diving and snorkeling in Thailand.
55 miles NW of Phuket
An archipelago of nine islands. One of which has a tiny settlement and a small
restaurant. Typical for these islands are the abundance of huge boulders, which make up weird and spectacular formations. Good snorkeling and kayaking. The Similans are considered to be Thailand's best diving area.
Virtually on Thai/Burmese (Myanmar) border.
Breathtakingly beautiful with mostly deserted beaches and lush rainforest. You will find a small colony of Sea Gypsies here and a national parks office along with a small group of bungalows.
The Sea Gypsy village is sensibly located near a stream that provides fresh water in abundance. They make their living by fishing and collecting sea cucumbers. Nowadays tourism is also providing extra income, as they offer their longtail boats for guided snorkelling trips.
To the South of Phuket there is a 100 nautical miles string of inshore islands, stretching from Ko Phi Phi to the Malaysian border. They offer tranquility and many opportunities for exploring.
Is a short sail from Phi Phi Don. Here is found a much more relaxed, layback atmosphere without the bustle of the heavily traveled tourist path. A waterfall can be found about 15 minutes walk from the anchorage passing through a tropical rainforest. Koh Lanta provides a secure anchorage for the night with restaurants ashore for eating out.
Is an interesting island with its fabulous inland lagoon (Hong) known locally as "The Emerald Cave". A Hong is a hollow center to an island or room in Thai. Swim through a cave and find your own private oasis with a beach and shear cliffs protruding from all sides. Koh Muk is a unique experience and not to be missed. Koh Muk has a protected coastline for exploration by kayak with typical bays, caves and sandy beaches
In Thai "Ha" means five islands. It is a good day stopover with a small beach and a shallow bay facilitating easy snorkeling and kayaking in crystal clear waters with excellent coral formations.
Is a group of two islands within easy sailing distance of Koh Ha Yai. A number of excellent beaches with crystal clear waters are found here in a protected channel between the islands. Rok Nok is a great place for drift dive or snorkel in the protected channel between the islands. A local ranger station occupies a small area on Koh Rok Nai otherwise there are no occupants other than other visiting yachts and Thai fishing boats
On Thai/Malaysian border
This group of islands forms part of the Tarutao National Park and is the most southern group of Thai islands just on the border of Thailand and Malaysia.The Butang Group of islands lay southwest of Rok Nok some 40 nautical miles. Most of the islands are uninhabited. Koh Lipe has a small Sea Gypsy fishing village on its northeastern side and a few low-key resorts and restaurants on its southern side. A mountain stream that is feed by mountain run off provides crystal clear drinking water for most of the year on Koh Adang. The Butang Islands are a picturesque and tranquil location to spend a day or two. An interesting walks ashore on Koh Lipe. There is a local dive shop Canadian owned and run. Barry the owner is famous on the islands not only for diving but his freshly baked Brownies cooked at their island bakery. If you wish a dive can be organized here with Barry.
On the Malaysian border. On the Malaysian border about 30 miles east north east of the Butang Islands. Koh Tarutao has a distant history as pirate's nest, later penal colony from World War Two of which remains can still be found. Koh Tarutao now forms part of the Tarutao National Park. In the north a river can be navigated upstream by dinghy deep into the mangrove forest. You will find several hiking trails, a chance to bathe under a waterfall, a number of excellent anchorages, one small restaurant at the national parks station. Koh Tarutao recently hosted the "Survivor" series.
Langkawi is part of an archipelago of 99 islands. Arriving at the capital Kuah Town with a population of a small town you are now in Malaysia. Langkawi is called the island of mysteries. Many myths relate to the forming of the islands. Only recently a curse for 100 years has ended. Masuri, a woman who was wrongfully condemned to death, put the curse upon the island. The island is duty free. Religion on the island is mainly Moslem so a conservative dress code should be adhered to.
Penang is historically interesting unlike many SE Asian towns where historical buildings and narrow alleys have largely given way to concrete towers and motorways, this town of 400.000 inhabitants is still very much the Chinatown that Singapore once was, time seems to be 50 years behind. Georgetown is renowned for it's excellent Chinese and Indian restaurants. Rickshaws still ply their trade carrying their customers at a leisurely pace amongs