Phuket is undoubtedly one of those places that everyone should visit once in a lifetime. From its countryside to the extraordinary coastlines and islands, you will see all the best of Thailand: Buddhist temples, fishing villages, stunning vegetation, and much more!
The area of Phuket, as well as that of Phang Nga Bay and other gems of the Andaman sea, features some of the best wonders of the whole country. Most of them are accessible only by boat and offer a really unique experience. Lots of areas are excellent for snorkelling and diving, while others boast beautiful stretches of sand where you can lie down and relax without thinking about anything other than what exists around you.
Let’s discover the beauties that hide in this small corner of the Andaman sea with our Phuket sailing itinerary!
Phuket Sailing Itinerary
Day 1: Phuket – Phang Nga Bay
All marinas are located to the east of Phuket, around the magnificent area Phang Nga Bay. One of the best-known places if you navigate to the north is the James Bond Island, famous for the film “The Man with the Golden Gun”. We recommend visiting it either in the early morning or at dusk, as it is full of tourists during the day. Whereas, Koh Panyee, that you can find nearby, is a fishing village built on stilts under a giant cliff and a fascinating place to eat and buy beautiful local crafts.
Day 2: Phang Nga Bay – Koh Hong – Krabi
The most spectacular caves are located in Koh Hong and the best way to explore them is at low tide. If you sail slowly to step Khao Island Khien, you can appreciate the old paintings of ships and animals in the stone walls. Take course towards the south, to Krabi and Ao Nang Beach Bay. The bay is dotted with resorts, shops, restaurants and nightlife. If you prefer something more secluded go to Railay Beach, only accessible by boat.
Day 3: Krabi – Koh Lanta
From Railay Beach, sail south along the 70 small islands around Koh Lanta. This area offers an abundant supply of white sand beaches, sensational wooded shores and a fantastic ocean floor to explore. Koh Lanta is far from Phuket and Krabi but it provides the most peaceful version of Thailand. Discover the spectacular limestone mountains that extend south or take a dip in the clear waters that surround the Coral Island.
Day 4: Koh Lanta – Phi Phi Islands
The spectacular vertical cliffs that slope beyond the clear blue sea lead us to the idyllic beaches and tropical lagoons that have made the famous Phi Phi Islands among the most popular islands worldwide, especially after being the location of the film The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio. The opportunities for snorkelling and diving are countless. Also, many of the cliffs are climbable, and sunset views from the top are truly amazing!
Day 5: Phi Phi Islands – Racha Islands
Let’s continue our Phuket sailing itinerary towards the east of the Phi Phi Islands! Here we will find the Racha Islands, 10 miles of tropical paradise. Snow-white sand and crystal clear waters where the best fishing and diving of Phuket area converge. This is the ideal time to unplug from everything for a while and go with the sound of the waves.
Day 6: Phi Phi Islands – Koh Mai Thon
The small island of Koh Mai Thon has a beach with an underwater paradise of coral reefs and a beautiful marine life. Koh Rang Yai is a lovely beach with a small restaurant but despite many daily visitors, it still maintains a pleasant, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Koh Kai Nok, on the other hand, is the perfect sandy islet. Pretty as a postcard and surrounded by coral, it is a must for all snorkellers.
Day 7: Phuket
End of our Phuket sailing itinerary! Sailing back to the marina, we will find all the islands from which we started. Indeed, if there is time for something else, try to feed the fish of Khai Nok Beach!