On December 20 we left for Phuket via Bangkok. We had rented a boat from Rob Williams’ YachtPro in Yacht Haven Marina, and were scheduled to leave for a 5 day trip starting Monday December 20. We stayed 2 nights in the Nai Yang Beach Resort, conveniently close to both the airport and the marina. We used the Sunday to relax and some last preparations. We had ordered our provisions in advance from YachtPro. As an ex-student of YachtPro, Rob gave me a good discount on the rental.
The first and longest leg of our trip led us from Yacht Haven Marina to a place called Tub Kaek. It’s on the Krabi side of Phang Nga Bay, opposite Koh Kaya. There’s a nice anchorage there in about 5 – 6 meters of water, and a good restaurant at the resort there. My two ladies were a bit seasick on this first day, and enjoyed the time spent ashore.
The next day we first sailed to an island called Koh Dam Khwan, also known as ‘Chicken head island’, because of a rock formation on the southern tip of the island which resembles a chicken head. We anchored in about 10 meters of water, right inbetween Ko Dam Khwan and the more northern island Koh Dam Hok. After lunch and some time at the little beach, we sailed the last leg to Railay in excellent wind conditions. Railay is also on the Krabi side, just around the corner from Ao Nang. It can not reached by road, and is famous for rock climbing. Good sheltered anchorage during the NE monsoon season, which runs from about October till April.
We decided to spend Christmas Eve on Koh Phi Phi. We were going to meet with Rob, who was just coming back from Langkawi. We all had a nice dinner together in a nice Italian restaurant. Phi Phi was a bit disappointing all in all. It’s over developed, with lots of resorts still under construction, and the place was swamped with hippies and Euro-trash when we were there. The anchorage is in relatively deep water (10 – 15 meters), and very crowded, also because a lot of dive operators and sightseeing boats have permanent moorings here. The second picture shows the boat Rob came with, anchored next to us, the ‘Rachawadee’, a 39 foot Beneteau.
On day 4 of our trip we sailed from Phi Phi to Koh Yao, opposite the East coast of Phuket. It was a great sail, with up to 20 kts winds, and our ‘Supanawadee’ doing easily 7 knots with one reef in.
The Koh Yao resort is very nice, and has been a stopover for me before. Good anchorage in 4 – 5 meters of water. We spent a nice afternoon and evening at the resort, and made use of the opportinity to have a long refreshing shower.
On Day number 5 we had little wind, and motored back to Yacht Haven Marina. Arrived just in time for lunch at the marina restaurant. We spent one night in Nai Yang Beach Resort again, before heading off for Bangkok to do some shopping and sightseeing. In Nai Yang Beach Resort they had a very nice way to present us with the hand towels.
One of the highlights of our trip, if not THE highlight, was seeing how my daughter Jennifer liked being on the boat and enjoyed the sailing. In spring when the weather gets warmer in Shanghai, I will teach her sailing on the lake for a start.