Sailing Collective's Phuket, Thailand Journey is an experience no vacationer and explorer should miss. The itinerary takes us to some of Thailand's hidden secrets and dives deep into the beauty of the region. Explore the Andaman Sea; it is a cultural and culinary wonderland in a setting unmatched by any other worldwide. Sailing 40 ft catamaran sailboats with up to 8 Collective explorers per boat, this is one vacation not to miss. Gather a few friends and join the Sailing Collective in the Andaman Sea.
October through January
Entering the river delta area in the north of Phang Nga Bay you will find the island of Ko Panyi where a densely populated small village is built on stilts sitting above the water. This is referred to as the “floating village”, but only the boats ride up and down with the tide, houses sit on stilts over the sea.
Two large islands sit in the middle of the bay: Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai, separated by a shallow passageway. Although a number of modern resorts have recently been developed here, these islands remain rural and traditional. The two islands are lush and geographically appear more similar to Phuket than the nearby hong islands, even if they are a world apart culturally. Going ashore will take you back in time to where the island of Phuket was before it became a major tourist destination.
Across the bay from Phuket towards the east is Krabi province, a mountainous part of mainland Thailand known for their steep and towering cliffs that stand tall over the sea below. Railay beach is on a mainland peninsula but not accessible by roads because of the impenetrable mountains that block land travel to Krabi town. The beaches are lined by hotels and tourists brought in by longtail boats flood the white sand beaches.
Not far from the hustle of Railay beach is a group of islands with great snorkeling, idyllic beaches and world class deep water solo rock climbing. Arriving at these islands from Railay will remind you why sailboats are the absolute best way to see the world.
Busy during the day with boats taking tourists back and forth from Phuket, parts of this sparsely inhabited island can become overwhelmed by daytripper tourists. Fortunately, for sailors, we spend our day sailing the seas. Tour boats leave Patok Beach in late afternoon as we arrive and by early evening the island is quiet and serene. Going ashore on a walk towards the village where the islanders live, you will pass by water buffalo grazing in fields along the dirt roads and islanders tilling the land.
Sail here for the raucous good times and the perspective that it lends you. The Phi Phi Islands over the years have become a beacon for backpackers wondering this part of the world, and during a trip ashore, their slightly rambunctious lifestyle is beyond evident. This activity contrasts greatly with the experience a sailor will have just around the corner anchored off a jungle cove with monkeys on the cliffs high above your mast top.
A Sailing Collective chef embodies our philosophy of travel, storytelling, learning, and sharing. We use local ingredients to create a unique culinary experience for each voyage. This is unlike any food adventure you've ever been on.
Your professional crew are talented explorers who combine their love of sailing with personalized hospitality. Each captain is professionally certified and able to lead your one of a kind experience at sea.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective chef/crew is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Included in provisioning package:
3 Dinners (or similar)
Coffee & Tea
Dietary Restrictions: We can accommodate as long as we know in advance! It is important to notify us of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and include full details in the Guest Form that you will fill out prior to the start of the trip.
We recommend planning on having at least $300 – $600 in spending money depending on spending habits. You will be responsible for paying for:
All expenses on shore including meals and drinks
Flights and transportation to and from the marina location
Gratuity (a 10% to 20% offering)
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. It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.
Tipping your captain and crew is welcomed. If you are satisfied with your service, the industry standard for yacht charters ranges from 10-20% of the cost of the charter. Gratuity is split evenly between the crew and can be paid via cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal. Please contact your Sailing Collective Journey Coordinator if you have any questions.
We require purchasing a travel insurance policy that protects you in case of general and covid-related trip interruptions. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance, you forfeit the right to a refund or credit in the event you have to cancel your trip with Sailing Collective.
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes such as flip-flops that you can get wet if we are landing on a beach.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements - bring a light raincoat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a warm layer. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring an outfit looks nice and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy on beaches can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
We also encourage that people bring ecologically appropriate products into ocean environments. You can read more about those recommendations on the Sailing Collective Journal here: Packing for a Healthy Ocean
Camera or sketchpad - a dry bag or waterproof case for your phone and camera is highly recommended
A hat - something with a little sun protection
Sunscreen - preferably reef safe
A light raincoat/wind jacket
Boat shoes or non-slip shoes such as sneakers or tennis shoes
Shoes you don’t mind getting wet such as flip-flops
Any special dietary foods
Beach towel, Turkish towel, or Sarong (1 bath towel is provided with linens)
A handful of bathing suits
A USB charing cord - the most universal way to charge a phone
Printouts or notes of important info such as meeting details and travel documents
a really great playlist
A journal or sketchpad (more on that at the Sailing Collective Journal: 7 Tips to Keep a Travel Journal)
Travelers are required to review and agree to our Sailing Collective Pandemic Guest Agreement. All travelers are required to be vaccinated on our group journeys. Please email email@example.com with any questions or if you believe you qualify for a health-related exception.
Marina: to be confirmed upon booking
Charter Company: to be confirmed upon booking
Embarking: We will meet at the marina at 4 p.m. on Saturday. If you arrive early, there is a lounge that service food and cold beer and boasts a beautiful view - you can keep your luggage at the front desk at the charter company office and enjoy the marina amenities. Look for the Sailing Collective logo on our captain, crew and boat flag - we will be waiting for you. After everyone settles in aboard, we dine ashore for our first outing of the journey and stay at the marina overnight.
Disembarking: We will disembark back at the Marina at 10 a.m. on the final Saturday. If you plan on flying out of Phuket on that same day, we recommend booking your flight for 3:00pm or later, just in case!
By Plane: International Airport of Phuket (Airport Code HKT) is located on the northern end of the Island.
Taxi from the Airport: At the Airport taxis are readily available upon arrival and transfer will take between 20 and 30 minutes. Walk out of the arrivals hall and immediately turn right and walk about 40-50 meters. You will see the metered taxi stand straight ahead labeled clearly with a large sign.
You should expect an immediate fee of $3 (฿100) airport tax. Transportation to everywhere on the island will be cheaper with these taxis. In total your taxi fare should not exceed $15 (฿550).
Rental Car: There are three reputable car rental companies in Phuket and although driving there is easy, there are guidelines to follow to stay safe; they are as follows:
In Thailand driving is on the left side of the road.
Seat belt wearing and drunk driving laws apply, and are enforced.
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Beware of street side vendors with signs saying "With Insurance"- usually the level of insurance is very basic and would not cover the car, or passengers - just third party injuries or damage.
The Northeast monsoon season is October through May -- the weather is dry and sunny with north east wind 5 to 20 knts. June until October is the south west monsoon season, which brings humid and rainy weather and south west wind 5 to 30knt.
Local currency is the Thai baht (THB) although euros and USD are accepted in some placed. There is a Currency Exchange Office located directly after the baggage claim where you can acquire Thai Baht (฿) if you haven't previously done so. Taxis occasionally accept Euros or Dollars but buses won't. In Thailand, cash is king and always preferred although Mastercard & Visa is accepted in some places.
Luxurious and contemporary, noble and luxurious materials, with soft shades for a harmonious interior continuous horizontal and fluent lines give the interior open and generous spaces continuity between exterior and interior life a slender exterior design for a boat with a strong character.
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