THAILAND is located in the centre of mainland South East Asia. It is bound by the Andaman Sea to the west, Myanmar to the west and northwest, Laos to the east and northeast, Cambodia to the east as well as Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand to the south. Its capital and largest city is Bangkok, one of the largest cities in the world.
The Kingdom of Thailand draws more visitors than any other country in southeast Asia with its irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine and ruins of fabulous ancient kingdoms. Few countries are so well endowed.
From the stupa-studded mountains of Mae Hong Son and the verdant limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, to the pulse-pounding dance clubs of Bangkok and the tranquil villages moored along the Mekong River, Thailand offers something for every type of traveller. By far the best time to visit is from February to March when the weather is stable and the beaches are at their best.
Thailand is visited yearly by a large number of superyachts. The country’s cruising attractions are many: its rich culture inland; secluded anchorages around Phuket Island and its many offshore islets, away from the crowded resorts. Many beautiful anchorages are to be found on the coast north from Malaysia.
Phuket Island is Thailand’s premier tourist destination and it is here that the largest concentration of hotels, restaurants, shops and nightlife are found. The island is connected to the Thai mainland by a bridge but has retained a distinct culture fused from Chinese and Portuguese influences. Phuket’s most beautiful beaches are situated on the west coast and consequently this is where the majority of the tourist facilities are.
With the idyllic tropical islands of Similan, Surin and Phi Phi and the world-class cruising areas of Phang Nga Bay and Krabi a few hours sail away, Phuket is a great base for visiting superyachts. There are two marinas and a well-serviced international airport on the island. Koh Samui, in East Thailand is also a very popular superyacht cruising destination.