Top 10 Sailing and Yachting Vacations in Asia and the Far East
Sailing trips with a touch of the Orient touch on the wonders of Halong Bay in Vietnam, the distinct beauty of Phuket in Thailand and the remote wonders of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. The old adage of going with the flow will strike you here amongst incredibly laid back seaside communities.
- Phuket, Thailand
This island is known as the "pearl of Thailand" for good reason and sailors will soon discover why. Most people find the tropical, clear waters and superb conditions completely memorable. Brilliant white sand beaches and coral islands, sheer limestone cliffs and forested inlets make up the perfect sailing package.
- Nha Trang, Vietnam
This is Vietnam’s most popular beach and not surprisingly the place to go sailing also. Wander out to the islands (Mun, Mieu, Tam and Mot) stopping to snorkel and fish and enjoy the pure white beaches.
- Halong Bay, Vietnam
The ethereal karst limestone islands in this archipelago off the country’s north coast are a breathtaking backdrop for sailing trips.
- Langkawi, Malaysia
This is one of the best of Malaysia’s coral outcrops with beautiful scenery, warm waters and sandy beaches. Charter a boat or try out the traditional longtail fishing boat.
- Krabi, Thailand
Well and truly cemented on the must-do list to Thailand, the sailing here is still out of this world. The stunning beach and sea-mountain scenery is famous and there are amazingly clear waters for fine snorkeling and diving.
- Kerala, India
There’s a real romance in sailing your own houseboat down these backwaters. Choose from 560 miles of interconnected waterways, rivers, lakes and inlets prolific with birdlife and small villages.
- Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
The 800 islands of the Mergui Archipelago lie to the north of Phuket and are densely forested and mountainous with impenetrable jungle meeting white silica sand beaches. Natural harbors provide plenty of anchorages for cruising yachts. Scuba diving and snorkeling are simply superb with plentiful fish life and undamaged corals.
The Indonesian archipelago is ideal for sailing. There are a vast number of islands and the waters teem with life and coral reefs. Sail around Flores or Lombok for amazing surfing, diving and snorkeling spots, go to Sumatra for surfing or to Komodo to see the famous Komodo dragons.
The 7000 Filipino islands have been a popular sailing destination for years. Journey to Cebu and its surrounding islands for some of the best anchorages and beaches like at Puerto Galera.
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands
These remote archipelagos in the Bay of Benegal lie largely undisturbed by tourists except for the odd passing cruise ship. The islands have prolific aquatic life and some of the best diving and fishing in the world.