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Sailing in the “Land of Smiles”

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Day 1

Rendezvous is at 11am at Boat Lagoon – the main marina on Phuket. As soon as everyone is all aboard and boat briefings done - it’s off north to the weird and wonderful seascapes of Phang-Nga bay. It feels like sailing into some sci-fi movie set; the limestone formations are so sheer and gravity-defying. Our destination for the evening is Ko Hong ( “hong” = “sea cave”), where we can kayak and swim to explore before that most important evening ritual – Happy Hour! This will also be our first dinner aboard the yacht – with 360 water views and our own private chef, it’s not too bad a restaurant.. :>

Day 2

A relaxed morning’s cruise southwards again, past more impossibly-balanced rocks, cliffs & islands – lunchtime stop at Bamboo island. Swim, eat, swim (a familiar pattern-to-be! ) - then head off for an evening at the famous (and totally stunning) Railey Beach. Sheer, palm-covered mountains rising vertically from the ocean, it’s a well-known spot for those who like to scare themselves silly scaling these cliffs. There are even beginner’s rock-climbing opportunities, for any adrenalin-addicts amongst us! Dinner ashore, there’s dozens of fun little beach bars and restaurants.

Day 3

The next morning, there is chance to visit Tiger Cave and Temple, a 30 minute minibus ride inland. This place is not as overtly dramatic and ornate as some of the more well-known Thai wats; what attracts us is it’s deeply spiritual, calm Buddhist ambiance. This is not a “tourist destination” - it’s a place that the locals visit to pay their respects to the monk community there. For the energetic, there is a steep climb to a stunning viewpoint, a huge Buddha keeping an eye on us mere mortals below; for those who prefer to take it easier (and cooler!), there is a shady hike through an enormous and ancient forest. It’s also home to a troop of very mischievous monkeys, watch out for your drinks and snacks, they’re fast !

Just around the corner from Railey beach is the little town of Ao Nang – a great place to do a little shopping. There’ll be a couple of hours ashore here – then it’s a short hop to Chicken Island. A quiet, tranquil contrast to the day’s activities, and usually a beautiful sunset to accompany our infamous Pina Coladas! It’s also our first great snorkelling spot, lots of coral and tropical fish to swim amongst.

Day 4

A lovely downwind sail to Ko Lanta – a beautiful long, white sandy beach with which has happily not yet made it onto the main tourist map! Home of the infamous Why Not Bar, which somehow seems to exert an irresistible magnetic force on our seascape sailors… they seem unable to escape the decadent floor cushions and their interesting Thai version of reggae!

Being off the main tourist track, this is the best place we have found to go elephant trekking ! Heading way into the “jungle”, you even get chance to ride the elephants “bareback” – or bare-head, we should say ! - if you want.

Day 5

A leisurely start to the morning, as it’s a short trip to our next destination of Ko Muk. If the weather is sufficiently calm, there’s a great lunchtime snorkeling spot en route. By early afternoon, we’ll be anchored at “Charlie Beach” – another off-the-beaten track little spot, with a fantastic beach barbie right on the waterfront! A feast fit for a king or three, on a pauper’s budget… it’s pretty amazing fare. Also amazing are the sunsets over the water…. this is what tropical sailing is all about !

Day 6

A very early start – yes, we are talking sunrise here ! We have a truly stunning spot to visit; the Lost Lagoon of Ko Muk. To find it, we have to swim through a totally pitch-black sea tunnel (it’s ok, we do have flashlights!). It’s a spooky and thoroughly exciting feeling – especially when one emerges the other end into a ‘Lost World’ in the center of the island !

Unfortunately, the local daytrip boats from Phi Phi have now discovered this spot too - but we have it all to ourselves in the early morning hours before they arrive… !

As soon as they do – we’re off ! A beam reach to the Rok Nok islands – a national marine park, teeming with multi-coloured fish & coral gardens. This is one of the most amazing snorkelling grounds in the area; and for our experienced scuba divers, there are some impressive dropoffs too.

Once the main heat of the day dies down, there is great hike up to the island’s peak – and watch out, There Be Dragons !! OK, so not really….they are just monitor lizards, but pretty big and impressive-looking!

Day 7

Early start the next day to get to Phi Phi island – one of the livelier spots ! It’s a fun contrast to all those quiet tropical islands – chance to do some great bargain-hunting, another of those muscle-melting Thai massages, and lots of very decadent, fruit-filled cocktails! It’s also a top spot for a night on the town; great music and much dancing…

Day 8

We’ll be spending most of the next day in Phi Phi - time for more shopping or Thai massages to recover from the night’s celebrations. Then later in the afternoon, we’ll be setting sail for Phi Phi Li ( “Little Phi Phi”), whose recent claim-to-fame is the Leonardo di Caprio movie “The Beach” . It’s a spectacular little island - it’s dramatic limestone cliffs, pure white sands and unbelievably pale turquoise waters are made for picture postcards. And being there late in the afternoon/early next morning, we can totally escape the daytrippers, and have the place just about to ourselves…

Day 9

As soon as the day trip boats arrive – we’ll be off. “Pearl Island” is our destination; a tiny island surrounded with coral and those white sand beaches – and home to – yes, you guessed it – a pearl farm! Best to leave that plastic on the boat… J

Day 10

Our final destination will be either Boat Lagoon again if tides are favourable; if not, we will end in one of the bays on the south of Phuket. Neither place is very far from anywhere, Phuket not being exactly a large island!

Day 11

Disembark 9am Vacation ends.