Ranked among Asia’s top sailing destinations, seasoned water sports enthusiasts deem Thailand’s Koh Samui the country’s premier hub for water-based activity with good reason. Blessed with vast expanses of emerald hued oceans dotted with paradise islands, sailing fans will hardly find a finer venue to engage in their favourite pastime. Whether catamarans, speed boats or yachts are your preferred vessel, local boat charter operators will provide avid sailing fans a wide variety of cruise options to choose from. Visitors can select either a fully crewed or bare boat sailing excursion across magnificent landscapes blessed with sunny skies, crystal clear waters and breathtaking scenery that is only found in this idyllic holiday hideaway in Thailand. Ideal for boating all year round, visitors can sail and discover the Koh Samui Archipelago which spreads out over 50 square miles of open seas with more than 80 stunning islands dotting the landscape.
The area offers slightly challenging sailing conditions during the day, while night time conditions are largely calm. As an “off the sailing radar” venue, Koh Samui sail excursions are unhindered and un-congested unlike other popular sailing destinations around the world; this lets visitors castaway at all times of the day to diverse locations such as Ang Thong Marine Park, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
The Malay Peninsula in southwest Koh Samui is a popular mountainous region that is perfect for leisurely sailing excursions as it is shielded from harsh wind conditions that sometimes plague other coastal areas of the region. One can explore the ‘Five Islands’ off the south-western shorelines or step over to Koh Taen coral island where seclusion and privacy are found in abundance. The island is also a snorkelling hotspot while sunbathing and swimming are other popular activities available to sailing tours dropping in for an afternoon. The breathtaking beaches of Koh Madsum are another hotspot and the area is renowned for vibrant marine life and corals and pristine coastlines where picnicking is an absolute must.