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Phuket International airport is located on the north part of the island approximately 15-20 minutes from Yacht Haven Marina. The office for check-in is in the condomimium area overhanging the channel of Phang Nga Bay - close to the swimming pool and fitness centre.
Bangkok to Phuket: Arriving from outside Thailand you may have arrived in Bangkok. There are many flights daily to and from Bangkok to Phuket.
Upon arrival at Phuket airport it is a short taxi ride to the marina, a well-signed taxi stand is located just outside, to the right of the main building. The taxis are red and yellow and should use their meters but you will probably have to insist that the driver turns his meter on instead of bargaining and haggling for a price. A limousine service is also available (purchase tickets from the first floor of the terminal). The silver-grey limousine vehicles are parked en masse directly opposite the terminal's main doors.
The warm climate maintains even temperatures throughout the year, ranging from 31°C to 35°C during the day and 20°C to 25°C at night.
The hot climate keeps the turquoise waters warm year round, ranging from 27°C in February to 30°C in August.
There are only two seasons in Thailand, summer and rainy season. The best time to visit Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi is between mid November and April to avoid the monsoon rains that occur May to October. Areas such as Koh Samui and Hat Yai are best visited from December to June. If you are planning to visit both sides of Thailand, December to April would be the best time.
Southeast Asia destinations are great for beginner to experienced level sailors. Experience in similar sailing and anchoring conditions is advisable. A sailing license/certificate is not required for bareboat yacht charter but you will be asked to provide a sailing resume.
Phuket offers great year round sailing with line of sight navigation from one anchorage to the next. Care is needed to navigate through the reefs.
The weather in Southeast Asian charter regions is generally sunny, dry and the seas calm. The wet monsoon season is May to October and can bring tropical showers.
Phuket, Thailand: Protected by the waters of Phang-Nga Bay in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is a year round sailing destination. From November to April expect stable northeasterly winds ranging from 5-20mph. The southwest monsoon season runs from May to October where winds are stronger and you can encounter occasional squalls that last for about 10 to 30 minutes. A one-meter short chop is the typical wave height, but three to five-meter swells can develop during the monsoon season. The tidal range is 2-3 meters.
In Thailand there are many well-organized marinas offering berths and services ashore for yachtsman. There are also thousands of anchorages. In order to protect the marine environment from anchors, in some areas there are mooring balls provided by the local authorities designed for different sized yachts. Sailors can tie off to the mooring ball and often they are free.
Southeast Asia operates under region A of the international navigational system - red right leaving.
No trip to Thailand would be complete without a trip to Bangkok as your international flight will more than likely arrive in Bangkok it's worth spending a night or two exploring the city. Be dazzled by the temples, spectacular palaces, and the world-famous floating market or colourful Chinatown, each of these famous places has an intriguing story to tell.
There's always something to see or do come rain or shine in Phuket. From temples, giant Buddhas, nightlight and great shopping Phuket has a range of sublime to surreal attractions.
Close to Phuket is Phang Nga Bay, a phenomenal inlet with sheer limestone cliffs shooting vertically out of the emerald green sea. It is the location of James Bond Island, from the film The Man with the Golden Gun. Nearby beautiful Maya Bay was the shooting location for the film The Beach. These two incredible beautiful locations along with Koh Pannyi, a village on stilts above the water, are just some of the must see places.