The Best Yachting Destinations in South East Asia

South East Asia is fast becoming one of the world’s hottest yachting destinations. From untouched beaches to buzzing cities, this region has something to charm everyone. Offering the perfect blend of beautiful coastlines, unique cultures, delicious cuisine and an impressive 31 World Heritage Sites what’s not to like!

Alongside South East Asia’s mainland peninsular, approximately 20,000 islands stretch out across the Indian and Pacific Ocean to make up the region. As such there is so much to explore by water making it the perfect yachting getaway.

As leaders in global boat transport with offices throughout Asia and the rest of the world, our experts give their recommendations for top yachting destinations in the region. Once your decision is made on your destination, Peters & May’s team can offer expert advice on boat transportation to get your yacht there!

Check out Peters & May’s top picks for the best yachting destinations in South East Asia.

 

Thailand

A popular destination for backpackers worldwide, Thailand certainly packs a punch as a destination to remember. For those travelling in a little more luxury via yacht; Thailand has so much to see and experience. If it’s a great night out you are after, look no further than Phuket for its cool beach parties, international DJ’s and live music. If your idea of the perfect yachting getaway is however relaxing in beautiful surroundings on board your yacht, the many scenic islands off the coast of the mainland could be for you.

 

Currency: Thai baht

Language: Thai

MUST visits:

  • Phi Phi islands – 6 islands offering some of Thailand’s most breath-taking scenery.
  • Big Buddha of Chalong – When sailing past Phuket, keep your eyes peeled for the Big Buddha perked in the hills.
  • Elephant Sanctuary of Phuket Town – Get familiar with these beautiful beasts in an ethical environment.

Closest P&M Port – Charter Service: Phuket

 

 

 

 

 

Myanmar

Located in Myanmar close to Thailand, the Mergui Archipelago is one of South East Asia’s best spots, with over 800 islands to choose from. An expanse of forest and pristine waters offer plenty to explore and enjoy whilst visiting. The perfect getaway to escape modern-day life with no phone or Wi-Fi signal, though this destination is so exclusive visitors will need to arrange a permit.

 

Currency: Burmese kyat

Language: Burmese

MUST visits:

  • Lampi National Park – World renowned Marine National Park largely unexplored, home to indigenous Moken people.
  • Swim with Dolphins – With a diverse range of flora, fauna and underwater scenes this is a must for any visit.

Closest P&M Port – Charter Service: Phuket

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vietnam

Packed with unique beauty, rice paddies and dense tropical rainforests, Vietnam is a treat for those visiting. If natural beauty if what you are after Vietnam offer a great alternative to Thailand. With plenty of unforgettable islands and some of the worlds most biodiversity rich waters Vietnam offers something for everyone.

 

Currency: Vietnamese Dong

Language: Vietnamese

MUST visits:

  • Hoi An Cham Islands – UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
  • Ha Long Bay – Explore over 3000 limestone islands rising from the turquoise waters.
  • Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Ming City – Climb through the underground tunnel network used by soldiers in the Vietnamese War.

Closet P&M Port – Charter Service: Hong Kong & Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

Indonesia

With over 17,000 unique islands to explore Indonesia which spans the waters between Asia and Australia, is fast becoming an attractive destination for yachters in the South East Asia region. Alongside, some well known destinations such as Bali, there are many untouched gems to explore in the expansive network of islands. In recent years this region has become far more accessible to yachts with the expansion of 10 ports around the islands.

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah

Language: Indonesian

MUST visits:

  • Komodo National Park – UNESCO site, home to the famous Komodo dragon and brilliant for a spot of hiking if you venture on land.
  • Raja Ampat – The most well-known dive site in Indonesia, the ocean here is bursting with marine life.

Closet P&M Port – Charter Service: Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippines

With such a vast area to cover, sailing through the Philippines is the best way to explore all its islands, finding good anchorage each night. The best time to visit this region is generally considered November to April, before Typhoon season begins. During the dry season, even some of the most remote areas can be accessed easily, meaning you can explore to your heart’s desire.

 

Currency: Philippine peso

Language: Filipino or Tagalog

MUST visits:

  • Rock Formations off Biri town – Explore the cliff like formations and the powerful open ocean where it meets the land
  • Palawan province – Breath-taking beaches with white sand and turquoise water make this a favourite for visitors to the Philippines.

Closet P&M Port – Charter Service: Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can Peters & May help?

With so many destinations in South East Asia to choose from no doubt you will find it tricky to decide on your next trip. Once you have made your decision, Peters & May can arrange to get your yacht there.

Our Far East Charter shipments run seasonally with Eastbound sailings departing Europe between September and December, returning Westbound between February and May.  These sailings although less regular than liner alternatives, can offer a cheaper solution to shipping your yacht. On board Charter Sailings Peters & May’s teams make use of economies of scales combining shipments on board vessels with other clients. Alternatively, Liner Sailings run weekly, offering regular and fast shipping to most major ports throughout the region.  

Catering for anything from small yachts to Superyachts; our yacht shipping experts can transport your yacht to SE Asia. If you need any assistance whilst you are out there, Peters & May’s freight forwarding team can transport anything from spare parts to documentation. With all your logistic needs covered by Peters & May you can enjoy the fun stuff, exploring all that South East Asia has to offer!

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