A Super Sailing Holiday in the Gulf of Thailand
The Samui archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand is home to over 50 gorgeous islands, many of which are uninhabited. Exploring this area by chartered yacht is an unsurpassed pleasure and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Disappear for days on end in this aquatic wonderland of turquoise seas and verdant limestone islands. A yacht charter from Koh Samui allows you to relax on secluded beaches, join into full moon parties, dive in crystal clear waters and dine on traditional Thai cuisine: the perfect way to experience the best of what this charter sailing holiday hotspot has to offer.
Koh Samui and her Sister Islands: a Charter Sailing Gem
The Samui islands have a fascinating geography with endless bays and coves to aid discovery and exploration from your water-based setting. Besides the main island of Koh Samui, popular itinerary hot spots are the beautiful sandy beaches to Koh Phangan and the exceptional diving and snorkelling around Koh Tao. Take time among the 42 islands of the Mu Ko Angthong National Marine Park to explore the stunning limestone atolls with their onshore walks and caves that can be accessed by kayak.
All these islands form a compact group just offshore the south-eastern Thai mainland, with direct flights between Samui International Airport and Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore amongst other major gateways. Bareboat charters start and finish at Fisherman's Village, Bophut, 15 minutes from the airport on the northern side of Koh Samui. Arrive a few days before your charter, get acclimatised and enjoy the jungle hikes, markets and nightlife of the area before setting sail to uncrowded islands as nature intended them, all within an easy sail of each other.
Sailing Conditions around Koh Samui
The Koh Samui boat charter season runs from May to August. While the western side of the Indo-Malayan peninsula is experiencing the southwest monsoon with its wet season and stronger winds, sheltered Samui is enjoys its best sailing holiday weather at that time of year. There is plentiful (but not too much) wind for good sailing in tropically warm temperatures with a comfortable sea state. This is a safe cruising ground with easy day sails between the islands and a choice of sheltered eastern-facing bays to overnight at anchor.
If you'd like to sail the Gulf of Thailand in the Koh Samui off-season, the Koh Chang Arichpelago is the perfect sister-location.