Eight new marinas designed to service large yachts are to be built in Thailand, with two planned for the emerging yachting hotspot of Phuket.
The marina development plan was announced by Thailand’s Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and is part of the government’s initiative to transform Thailand into the superyacht hub of South East Asia.
Four of the new marinas will be constructed along the coastline of the Andaman Sea, with the other four gracing the Gulf of Thailand.
Phuket is to welcome two new developments: the Asian Marina in Rassada and the Kung Bay Marina in Pa Khlok. The latter will be the larger of the two and deep enough to host superyachts. Construction is expected to begin on the Pa Khlok project in the first quarter of 2017.
The province of Phang Nga, located north of Phuket, is also set for two new marinas. The Aqua Star Marina and the Ban Bangchan Marina will both have berths measuring three to five metres in length.
Meanwhile, Koh Samui, one of the largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand, will offer two new marinas with shallower berths than their Andaman coast counterparts. However, the Laem Tien Port in Chonburi, situated 30 kilometres from Pattaya and 180 metres from Bangkok, will offer berths with a depth of five to six metres.
Berth depth for the final project in the Trat province is yet to be confirmed, but is expected to be the smallest of the eight new marinas.
The marina development plan is part of the government’s initiative to transform Thailand into the superyacht hub of South East Asia
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