Crewed Private Charter
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.
Taylor Collins grew up sailing the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. He spent his childhood racing Lasers and crewing on Defiance, a C&C 35, and Scorpio, A Creekmore 36. After earning a Masters in City Planning from the University of Arizona, Taylor relocated to New York City and quickly immersed himself in the sailing scene. As as sailing instructor, Taylor has introduced many New Yorkers to the sport of sailing and regularly leads charters in the Caribbean. Taylor is one of the original Sailing Collective captains and has sailed with The Sailing Collective in many locations worldwide. He is a certified diver and a fantastic vacationer. When not sailing, Taylor tends bar at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Walter Foods and works on his trucks and motorcycles.
Sandy Ho grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney Australia and spent most of her time in the kitchen with her mum perfecting her Vietnamese culinary skills. Widely travelling at a young age, she found a great love for food from all over the world and has a ‘try anything once’ attitude. After finishing a BA in Fine Arts, Sandy relocated to Melbourne where she realised her hobby in the kitchen became a real life dream career and left the artist life to learn about food. She headed the kitchen team at Non for Profit bar Shebeen where her flair for menu and recipe planning also led her to move into private catering for many large and small scale events in the Melbourne area. Her interest lies in the use and care of local and sustainable produce which has given her the opportunity to travel, meet and collaborate with the makers of our food. Sandy joins The Sailing Collective with an agenda to spark positive sharing of flavour and food all around the world.
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 monohull and 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.
ABOUT THE PHUKET REGION
Phuket is an island in the south-west region of Thailand. It is located 480 miles (800 km) south of Bangkok & 600 miles (960 km) north of Singapore. We meet on northern end of the island close to the Phuket Airport at Yacht Haven Marina
Yacht Haven Marina
Dream Yacht Charter (Thailand) Co. Ltd – Phuket
Phuket Island Marina Co. Ltd. (Yacht Haven)
141/2 Moo 2, Tumbol Maikhao, Thalang
PHUKET 83 110
Tel base: 00 66 76 206 492
HOW TO GET THERE
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.
Public Transport from the airport
Unfortunately there are no reliable means of public transport to Yacht Haven Marina so if you’re not satisfied with a metered price, try your luck and bargain with the other taxis. Keep in mind its not always as easy as it looks nor is it always the cheapest option. As a novelty you might even want to catch a traditional Tuk Tuk
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.
Full Comprehensive Insurance is a must. 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.
AT YOUR ARRIVAL
We will meet by the swimming pool at Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket. Captains Ross and Dayyan will be wearing Sailing Collective shirts and sitting with a Sailing Collective banner that will be easy to spot. Meet up time is at 4 pm
If you arrive early and we are not set up just yet, you can leave your luggage at the office Dream Yacht office and explore marina. Alternatively, there is a beach and a swimming spot next the marina and you can change into your vacation clothes and start vacationing. There is a shower facility you can also use in case you have been traveling for a long time and need to rinse off.
Late arrivals should check in at the Dream Yacht Charters office and ask for Dayyan Armstrong, you will be directed to the boat.
From 5 to 7pm we will have a boat briefing followed by dinner and after sleeping in on board in the marina we set sail the next morning.
At the marina base there are a number of small shops where you can buy snacks and drinks as well as a restaurant offering casual dining and local food.
Nai yang beach is around 2 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the marina.
Dewa Phuket Resort 3 stars
Nai Yang Beach Resort 3 stars
Indigo Pearl 5 stars
Airport hotel 2 stars
Kasalong Hotel 2.5 stars
CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION
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.
BANKS & EXCHANGE
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.
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.
$1 USD ≈ 33 Baht
$3 USD ≈ 100 Baht
$10 USD ≈ 330 Baht
$50 USD ≈ 1,600 Baht
$100 USD ≈ 3,300 Baht
WHAT TO EXPECT ONBOARD
Each boat has between 4 to 8 guests aboard -some solo travelers, some couples, some friends, some groups, and some private boats. Each boat has a certified Sailing Collective captain and first mate will take care of all your needs throughout the week. Life aboard follows a family dynamic: we cook family style and we respect our fellow passengers as we would ourselves. A sailing vacation will change your outlook on life and expand your life experiences in a new unique and unforgettable way.
Although the accommodations differ from a hotel or a cruise ship you will quickly see the advantages of traveling on a sailing vessel as we visit hard to reach port towns and row ashore on abandoned beaches. Living space inside a sailboat is compact but comfortable. Cabins have small closets and cubbies for your belongings. Each boat has multiple heads (bathrooms) and showers. They are small, but you will be used to them shortly. Boats have a full galley (kitchen) and dining table below, but most meals will be set on a table in the cockpit on deck. The boats have refrigeration, 12 volt DC electricity (like in a car), stereos, and other amenities all fit together efficiently in the space available.
Trips are provisioned with 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 3 dinners. Additional provisions can be purchased before departure at the near by grocery store at passengers own cost. Cooking aboard is family style and passengers volunteer for cooking and preparing food daily. All beverages including booze should be purchased before departure and is at each passengers own cost (generally beverages and booze is purchased as a group and split amongst all the passengers).
IMPORTANT: Those with dietary restrictions must inform The Sailing Collective captains ahead of time.
ADDITIONAL COSTS AND EXPENSES
● $150 - $250 restaurants and outings
● 10% - 15% gratuity for your captain
● Alcohol, soft drinks, and additional snacks for the boat $30-$100 per person
● Airport taxi and other transpiration $5-$20
Payment for additional fees:
Paid in cash to your captain or via PayPal and your captain will give you the information. You can also send gratuity to your captain through PayPal, ask your captain for instructions.
Yacht Haven Marina
Meet your Sailing Collective crew and fellow passengers by the pool at our starting marina facility and get acquainted while settling into your new home for the week, we sail north the next morning.
Koh Hong, Phang Nga Bay
Departure from our base in Phuket to north Phang Nga Bay and spend the evening. This area is part of the Ao Phang-nga National Park, famous for it's serine uninhabited islands that rise like chimneys out of the relatively shallow waters. Our overnight stop is the Koh Hong group of islands, where we will anchor between towering limestone pinnacles, swim, and take the dinghy to explore the tunnel leading into an enclosed lagoon. In Thai, the word “hong” means room, and it refers to the enclosed lagoons that we will explore on these islands.
Koh Hong Krabi
Sail south along the eastern shores of Koh Yao Noi, with the coast of Krabi Province off to port passing dozens of stunning small islands as we go. Koh Hong Krabi archipelago, which lies in this strait is our stop for the night. These islands are incredibly beautiful, remote, and ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. Jackfish, Spanish mackerel, and rainbow runners are abundant in these crystal clear waters thanks to focused preservation efforts by the Thai government. As the name suggests, these islands are also home to some famous "hongs" or enclosed lagoons that are so fun to explore.
Rai Le Beach
In the morning we’ll embark on a short sail to the mainland. With its gorgeous beaches and secluded bays Krabi is world-famous for its beauty, and Rai Le Beach is a prime example of what makes this part of Thailand so popular. While numerous world famous resorts sit along this coastline Rai Le Beach offers a distinctly laid back vibe set aside from the hustle of it all. Rai Le offers excellent snorkeling on the coral reef and has a pristine white-sand beach lined with coconut palms for swimming and lounging. Mellow beachfront restaurants serve simple fare, and you can relax with a cool drink in the shade while you gaze at the Andaman Sea.
Phi Phi Islands
In the morning we sail nearly due south to the Phi Phi Islands. Phi Phi Don is famous for its restaurants and bars with lively nightlife. Laying to the south is Phi Phi Le, where pristine beaches, excellent snorkeling, and rugged high cliffs define the experience. These islands combined are renowned as the most beautiful in all of thailand.
Koh Nakha Yai
For our last night we will visit yet another small charming island and dine once again on amazing food. After a long day of sailing northwest past Koh Yao Yai we will anchor near the small and charming Koh Nakha Yai where the cocopalm lined beach will serve as a backdrop for our final feast.
The Lagoon 450 has everything you could want in a cruising boat: Incredible performance under sail, wide open deck space for lounging, and an incomparable comfort in the saloon and the cabins. The wide hulls of Lagoon 450 offer comfortable cabins with larger floor space than other catamarans of the size. An airy saloon contains an open concept modern galley (kitchen) and comfortable seating all with stunning panoramic visibility of the natural beauty that you came for. The aft deck is covered by a hard top bimini so that there is always plenty of breezy shaded space for lounging when you are taking a break from the sun drenched foredeck. Up front the netted "trampoline" between the hulls is the ultimate place to enjoy this boat under sail with the sun beaming down and the water rushing below you.