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The Wellness expedition explores exotic waters of the Andaman Sea wonders via one of the most spectacular water routes along the Thailand coast starting in Phuket and sailing the stunning Phang Nga Bay. Beginning our voyage at Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket, we will make our first sail north through Phang Nga Bay to the floating village...onward past the archipelago of Yao Yai, a group of several islands which lay claim to some of Thailand's best-kept natural secrets. After several stops throughout Krabi, we'll head on to explore the infamous Ko Phi Phi islands, with an evening exploring the local nightlife ashore. Then it's off to dine at the island of Ko Racha looking over a secluded white sand beach.
- What's Included -
• 6 nights' accommodation aboard 40' catamaran
• Sailing Collective Captain and Private Chef
• Daily Program of Movement Classes
• Wellness and Culinary discussions by London based chef Katja Tausig
• Marina and Dockage Fee's
• Town Visits, Local Hikes, Snorkeling
• Local Restaurant Experiences
• 6 breakfasts / 6 lunches / 3 dinners
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Lilly is a lifelong sailor and lover of the sea. As a new member of the Sailing Collective team, she brings many miles of experience on the ocean and an enthusiasm for exploration.
Katja Tausig grew up in London - a city whose rich cultural and culinary diversity inspired her to become a chef. After graduating culinary school she worked in several restaurants, learning from some of London’s best chefs. Katja's work as a chef enabled her to explore and refine diverse cuisines from Italian to Japanese and Classic British. Katja also devises menus for parties and events and is passionate about using food to connect people and create new experiences. After taking some time off to explore South America, she decided to make her dream of combining her love of cooking and travel come true. Katja is excited to journey to new corners of the World with the Sailing Collective, drawing on new experiences and old to create honest and seasonal menus to share with others.
Sailing Collective's Phuket, Thailand Journey is an experience no vacationer and explorer should miss. With an itinerary that takes us to some of Thailand's hidden secrets and dives deep into the beauty of the region. The Andaman Sea is a cultural and culinary wonderland in a setting unmatched by any other world wide. Sailing on 45 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. In the heart of Southeast Asia Phuket nestles in balmy Andaman Sea on Thailand's Indian Ocean. These waters are endowed with unparalleled biodiversity and tropical beauty. Cruising sailors have long been drawn to the east coast of Phuket, this region was once one of the major trading routes between India and China and was frequently mentioned in foreign trader’s ship logs. Today the Andaman Sea is a cultural melting pot of indigenous Thais, Thai-Chinese, ethnic Malays and even Moken sea nomads. Diversity leads to unparalleled cuisine and an amazing travel experience that sets the Phuket area apart from other regions. Starting north in Phang-nga Bay, towering pinnacles of limestone make castle like island formations that rise majestically from the uniquely emerald colored water. As we sail to the south, the famous Phi Phi Islands are famous around the world for crystal clear water and laid back ambiance. The Phuket Journey will take you past literally hundreds of gorgeous islands throughout the week all while living in the comfort of your very own sailing vessel.
Yacht Haven Phuket Marina
By Plane: International Airport of Phuket (Airport Code HKT) is located on the northern end of the Island close to Yacht Haven Marina.
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 – 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) to Yacht Haven Marina.
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:
Tuesday January 23rd - 9 to 11 am, meeting location: "The Deck Restaurant" at Yacht Haven Marina. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the Sailing Collective crew and you can board your new home. Once everyone arrives, your captain will conduct an itinerary briefing and then you'll be off for the 6 night journey.
Upon your arrival, we will return to port around 11 am on Monday January 30th. Taxis can be arranged in advance to the airport or anywhere on Phuket Island.
Nai yang beach is around 2 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the marina.
Phuket Town is farther from the marina (about an hour drive) but it we think it's worth checking out the city before spending a week on the beaches.
A valid passport for each passenger and a crew list are compulsory for clearance.
Expiration date must be no earlier than 6 months after your planned return.
Local currency is "Baht"; euros & US $ are accepted in some places. 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 and in Thailand cash is king and always preferred although Mastercard & Visa is accepted in some places.
For a rough idea of conversion rates to U.S. Dollars remembering these approximate conversions may be helpful.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective 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.
Please note, soft drinks, alcohol, wine, beer, etc. are not included in the provisioning package, but your crew can assist you in purchasing your desired beverages for your group.
Dietary Restrictions: It is important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
In addition to exploring Thailand under sail, the following list may prove helpful in planning other aspects of your time with us. We're happy to arrange any extra activities for you at the base.
Snorkeling & Diving: The diving in Thailand is excellent. Clients must carry a PADI open water or equivalent qualification to be able to dive. Unqualified divers can do courses or resort dives. Prices range from center to center, but it usually costs between 2,500 Baht and 3,500 Baht per person for two dives and lunch. If a client wishes to dive while chartering with The Moorings, we recommend two good dive centers by our base -- Raya Divers on Koh Racha Yai and Barracuda Diving on Koh Phi Phi. The Similan Islands are a world-class diving destination and are accessible between November and April, subject to weather conditions. These islands are situated 60 miles Northwest of Patong and require a minimum charter duration of 7 days for a visit. Diving equipment can be supplied, if ordered in advance, and clients can arrange to meet up with a live-aboard dive operator at one of the dive sites for tank refills. Further information is available from the base on request. The Surin Islands are another 50 miles north of the Similans and also offer superb diving, but fewer dive operators visit them. The Similan and Surin Islands are National Parks and are subject to a daily entry fee, which will be collected on site. You will be asked to complete a waiver of responsibility form prior to departure from the base, if intending to cruise to the Similan or Surin Islands.
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat.
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 rain coat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a set of warm clothing. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring gear that you’ll look nice in and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
January 23rd - Meeting location is at "The Deck Restaurant & Lounge" at Yacht Maven Marina between 9:00 to 11:00 am. Upon arrival, travelers will board the catamaran and settle into the new home for the week. Your captain and chef will conduct a safety and itinerary before we depart the marina.
Situated on the Northeast coast of Asia’s premier island retreat, a mere 15 minutes to the airport, Yacht Haven Marina - Phuket is an ideal location for travelers and sailors seeking the perfect port-of-call, as a base to enjoy the island of Phuket, or as a starting point to explore the wonders of Phang Nga Bay. Yacht Haven Marina, with its proximity to Phang Nga Bay and the surrounding majestic limestone islands, is Phuket’s only deep water access marina allowing maneuvering in most states of tides. Craft capacity at the Yacht Haven Marina is 80 metres with a maximum of a 5-metre draft. The marina comfortably accommodates over 200 vessels and features newly renovated docks, boardwalk and full hook-ups including phone, electricity, water and WiFi access. Onsite amenities include newly installed showers and laundry service. Yacht Haven Marina overlooks the stunning Phang Nga Bay and enjoys a constant flow of fresh breezes at all times of the year. The surrounding peace and tranquility makes the Yacht Haven Marina of choice when traveling to Phuket.
Before heading south we will venture north into the silty dark waters of Phang Nga Bay where we will spend the first two nights of the journey. Here we'll explore magical secret lagoons and possibly venture into the winding streets of the world famous floating village at the river mouth of the Phang Nga river deep into the national park. Calm waters, local fishing villages, and towering limestone islands make this area unlike anywhere else. We will explore the various hidden caves within the 'hong' islands with one night spent at anchor at Ko Hong and the second night anchored off the Muslim floating village where we will explore the little town, take a longtail tour of the mangroves and have a great local dinner ashore.
On our sail south we will wind through the Koh Hong Krabi archipelago. Krabi is world-famous for its beauty, and these islands are a perfect example of why this part of Thailand is so popular. Catering to more laid-back visitors, Rai Le Beach offers excellent dining and the opportunity to get a massage in the shade on a pristine white-sand beach lined with coconut palms. There is a beautiful beach nearby to do activities.
Sailing nearly due south takes you to the Phi Phi Islands, one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Thailand. Phi Phi Don is the largest island in the group and has the best anchorage and facilities at Ton Sai Bay, where you’ll find restaurants and bars with lively nightlife. To the south is Phi Phi Le, known for its pristine beaches, excellent snorkeling, and rugged high cliffs. The movie The Beach, with Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed at Maya Bay on Phi Phi Le.
Knowing that around the corner from you is the perfection of a white sand beach on the island of Poda, the real glory lies in an unassuming rocky pocket beach on the other side of Koh Poda. If you are an elite rock climber you’ve been made aware of this rock-like island, but the appeal holds for us lesser accomplished adventurers also. The past-vertical rock hanging over the sea has some surprisingly fun and approachable little climbs that let you to simply kick off into the ocean when you start to feel like you have enough exposure. Beyond the adrenaline thrill of overhanging cliffs and rock walls that jet vertical out of the water, there is superb snorkeling and a little shady alcove ashore with a beach wedged in between rock walls.
After a morning on the popular Koh Phi Phi Le we will set sails for a small island surrounded by excellent snorkeling in crystal clear water. Dinner here is served in a little local fish restaurant perched on the rocks above the cove.
Our last evening will be spent at a nearby island where there is a local massage and spa for travelers to explore and enjoy. Ashore is a local beachside restaurant with a local vibe with tables and chairs on the beach near the sea. The following morning, we will depart the anchorage early and sail back to Yacht Haven Marina where we will be back at the dock around 11:00 am.
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