Thailand is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations. It’s a paradise filled with tranquil beaches, exotic cuisine, spectacular temples with interesting histories, and of course remote islands. Some of those islands are only accessible by boat, too. Therefore, a superyacht charter is the ideal way to do so. The best time to visit is between November and early April, since this is the driest and warmest time of year. You can enjoy up to nine hours of sunshine every day as well, plenty time for sunbathing or a variety of watersports. West Nautical’s charter brokers and fleet crew highly recommend these three experiences of island-hopping by superyacht in Thailand. Each island is a yacht-charter paradise, offering the perfect balance of relaxation and activity.
Koh Tao, which means Turtle Island, is the country’s best diving destination. This eight-square-mile (21-square-kilometer) island features white-sand beaches (above) and many hills for enjoying the views on a morning hike. When diving, you’ll enjoy colorful coral reefs and a spectacular range of sea creatures, including turtles, of course. Koh Tao is definitely one for the diving bucket list.
If you like pina coladas and consider yourself a foodie, the restaurants and nightlife on the island are ever growing. You’ll find a variety of cuisines and restaurant styles.
Furthermore, Koh Tao is only accessible by boat. So, why not cruise in to one of the many anchorages in style on your own private yacht?
Koh Pha Ngan
Island-hopping by superyacht in Thailand must include this unspoiled location (top), Thailand’s’ fifth-biggest island. Koh Pha Ngan is just 43½ miles (70 kilometers) from the mainland and 7½ miles (12 kilometers) from Koh Samui (see next island). You’ll experience lush tropical jungles and long, white-sand beaches. Additionally, similar to its neighboring island of Koh Tao to the north, you’ll enjoy any of 20 dive sites.
Additionally, the island is well known for its Full Moon parties, turning the beaches into open-air festivals to dance the night away. There is also a lovely strip of restaurants one street back from the beach, where you can enjoy a quieter evening sampling Thailand’s exciting cuisine.
Koh Pha Ngan’s must-do activities primarily involve the natural beauty of the island, though. From beaches to waterfalls to viewpoints at the top of its many hills, this piece of paradise is truly special, with unique natural beauty.
The best way to enjoy the crystal-clear water is to anchor in one of the many secluded bays. Then, spend the afternoon paddle boarding or sipping your favorite cocktail onboard.
Koh Samui is the biggest of the three islands. Explore it on a scooter, visit a coconut plantation, or enjoy an afternoon at an incredible elephant rehabilitation sanctuary.
Angthong National Marine Park is a must see. This untouched archipelago of 42 islands features limestone mountains, luscious jungle, pristine beaches, waterfalls, and hidden coves. You are sure to see exotic wildlife and sea creatures and enjoy a true “get away from it all” feeling on your yacht charter vacation.
If you’re more interested in history, you’ll appreciate a wide variety of activities and sights to see. These include mummified monks, for instance, and the famous Big Buddha (above), which is especially impressive at sunset.
Ultimately, island-hopping in Thailand should be high on anyone’s bucket list. The country is one of the world’s most striking and exciting locations.
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