First there was Bali and now it is Thailand. These are the two countries from the Asian continent that we have so much to tell you about. In a few lines we already shared our experience from Bali and I am convinced that we made at least some of you wonder about the amazing Island of Gods.
Now let’s just take one boat, the best crew you can imagine and sail through these gorgeous small islands of Thailand. They say you can enjoy the most wonderful see-through waters in the South and swim with fish of so many colours and shapes, it’s incredible.
Starting from Phuket towards Koh Rang Noi do not let yourselves fooled by the first impression. It isn’t going to be like you’ve seen in pictures or movies in the first few hours of sailing. Even though you will be tired and jet legged and dreaming about this scenery that I have described earlier, Thailand will not give you all of her best just like that! Maybe this is something that I like about the country I was just introduced to. She is revealing to you little by little, moment by moment.
Our dreamed vacation started when we reached the island of Koh Khai Nok. That emerald water, white send, this rainbow like coloured fish combined with the local culture will give you the feeling this is the best holiday you will ever have. When you reach this island do not hesitate to drop the anchor and enjoy a mojito at the Rocky Bar on the beach. In case your taste is not so much into sweet drinks, don’t forget to ask the lady on the bar not to put sugar into your drink. Whatever chair you will choose you will be so enchanted and sometimes amused by the scenery.
Tourists brought to the beach with these powerful small motorboats that are parked by the locals like they are the most experimented drivers in the world. Or you can just forget to take the look off of those nice long tail boats that are used by the locals for fishing. After spending some time at the bar you will definitely need a swim and there is no other place than just in front of you…white sandy beach and crystal clear water. Isn’t it just the perfect day?
What will you do in the evening after being so spoiled a whole daylong? You will sail out and find a nice place where you spend the evening. Dinner on board or dinner out, this is the only question remained. We choose dinner out for that evening. And now I am almost sure that your question will be how do we cope with the Thai food? Well, some of us can eat the chilliest things you can ever imagine without any grimace on their faces. This will easily fool you and make you believe you can at least taste it. Well, that is not a good idea, at least for me. But well, I won’t let you the impression that when you decided to come sailing or visit Thailand you will starve. That is not true. You will find plenty of other dishes to eat, so no worries. Our tip, when it comes to lunch, dinner or whatever, try to stay with small local restaurants, because they will definitely fulfill the taste of Thailand.
Even though you are not sailing but staying in one of these beautiful heavenly resorts do not hesitate to have dinner out. I am sure I don’t have to tell now what kind of food will you eat in Thailand. The islands are known worldwide for chilly, sweet and sour spices that are always used for cooking fish, seafood or chicken and meat. What else? I almost forgot my friend’s favorite cold drinks. They use all kind of fruits that will enchant your taste and just let you choose the combination. You should see the joy in my friend’s face when choosing the fruits and then being impatient until the very nice decorated glass of smoothies or juice is served. That is very fresh on my mind because we just made a pit stop to the very tiny small island where there is a terrace called “Choko”, known by the local as the “The German place”.
We dropped the anchor and took a nice swim to the place, enjoying a couple of minutes admiring the fish and a cold drink after. When you come to the terrace they first offer you these small white cold and so nice smelling towels that will refresh your face and senses. Our route continued after that because we decided to reach another place until sunset. But don’t forget that, in case there is no wind or strong current, Koh Khai Noi (the “German place”) and Koh Khai Nok Island which is just across, could be a good idea for spending the night. Our tip when sailing in Thailand: always check several times when dropping the anchor and be 100% sure you found the proper place. It is most unlikely you will find an anchor buoy on these islands and in case you don’t want to spend the night in a marina best thing you can do is be well anchored.
Third tip and the last one for our first article about sailing in Thailand is that weather could always play tricks. They say there is no strong wind, at least on this period of the year in Thailand. Well, we had some wind, but not as strong that it could affect your amazing Thai experience. I’ll just let the pictures talk for me and I really hope we at least made you think about planning a sailing trip to Thailand. It is an experience you will enjoy because it is not comparable to others. “Guilty“ for our sailing trip to Thailand are our dear friends from Croatia and Navigare Yachting, the charter company. With just a simple click on their Internet page www.navigare-yachting.com you can be so close to the most amazing holidays you can ever imagine. We’ll soon be back with more about Thailand!