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Yachting in the Azure Waters Around Phuket

Phuket is the base for sailing the Andaman Sea, and there are few places on earth that compare to its waters when it comes to sailing. The Andaman, with Phuket as its hub, will always be Thailand’s reigning maritime jewel. Here you will find some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in the region, crystal clear waters and stunning geography.

Over the years Phuket has emerged as the star performer in Thailand’s thriving tourism industry. Its beautiful beaches, warm winter climate and isolated islands are some of its most alluring qualities. And it is precisely these core attractions that are best enjoyed from the comfort and convenience of a boat, preferably a yacht.

With towering limestone peaks, offshore marine preserves, world-class diving and excellent sailing, a Phuket yacht charter ticks all the boxes for a memorable day trip.  A typical tour would have you visiting Koh Phing Kan, aka ‘James Bond Island’ where they shot ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’; Maya Bay, the movie location for ‘The Beach’; stopping off along the way at enchanting local restaurants with delicious food; and dropping anchor at rugged uninhabited islands for some peace and tranquillity.  It’s really up to you what you want to do on your dream sailing holiday in Phuket as most tour companies are happy to customise the itinerary.

If you are planning a Phuket tip and love to sail, then you really must take into consideration the island’s multiple famous international yachting events, but primarily The King’s Cup Regatta. This event returns to the azure waters of the Andaman Ocean every December (3-10, 2016), for a week of partying, sailing, friendly people and great fun. The event was launched in 1987 to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday on December 5. A yachting enthusiast himself, His Majesty King Bhumibol also happens to be the patron of the King’s Cup, making it a regal event in every sense of the word.

The event’s popularity has gained significant momentum on the international yachting scene, while media attention has grown steadily over the years. The King’s Cup Regatta attracts some of the world’s best yachtsmen, yachtswomen and their expensive boats to the waters of Kata Beach, off the island’s west coast, where these local and visiting sailors vie for the coveted trophy, creating a truly spectacular sight of sails and spinnakers in the process.