A maze of limestone cliffs and mangrove forests
A vision of gravity-defying limestone karsts jutting dramatically out of aqua waters and uninhabited islands shrouded in emerald-green jungle, Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay makes for a mesmerising addition to your yacht charter experience.
Tucked away between southern Thailand’s mainland and the north east shores of Phuket, this yacht charter hotspot is well sheltered from the elements, ensuring calm sailing conditions year-round.
Protection is also provided by the Thai government, which has designated much of the bay and many of its islands part of the Ao Phang-Nga National Park.
A day of cruising here on a South East Asia yacht charter presents no-end of opportunities for kayaking alongside luscious mangrove forests and into hidden lagoons and sea caves, entrances to which are only revealed at high tide.
There’s also a rich underworld offering many a snorkelling site, and footprint-free beaches hidden amid the scores of uninhabited islands entice yacht-goers ashore.
One of the most recognisable parts of the bay is Koh Ta-pu, which is more commonly known today as James Bond Island due to its starring role in the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun. But it’s international status also makes it one of the most frequently visited spots in the region.
Another highlight is Koh Panyee, a remarkable village built on stilts over the water and guarded by a giant rock monolith. It’s possible to meet the Muslim community who lives here and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch, caught and cooked by the villagers.
To start planning your yacht charter which includes this stunning pocket of South East Asia, you can view and compare all luxury charter yachts in Thailand.
Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga National Park)