The beauty, charm and the very tropical and sunny weather of Southeast Asia makes it very popular with tourists from every part of the world. Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines have some of the best and most amazing sailing experiences in the world. Add the very colorful cultures and arts each nation offers and you get the best possible tropical trip you can find.
Southeast Asia is truly a sailing destination you should not miss – pristine waters, extensive tropical coastlines, amazing cities, breathtaking beaches and a very diverse marine life. Southeast Asia can truly offer every sailing enthusiast a very curated selection of diverse cultures, history and areas the likes of which cannot be seen in any other part of the world.
Thailand is one of the best and the most exotic yachting and sailing destinations in the world. Its very long coastline of over 3000 kilometers is filled with breathtaking beaches, amazing rock formations, astounding diving and snorkeling sites and the smiling faces of the Thai people. Best places to sail in Thailand include Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Chang, to name a few.
Malaysia is truly an underrated sailing destination in the world, that is why people should be more curious in sailing there. The best place to sail in Malaysia is in Langkawi with its archipelago that is composed of 99 islands. Langkawi also offers endless fun and adventures – don’t miss the food!
A lot of islands in the Philippines offer a breathtaking and exciting experience for the visiting sailor. First on the list is the island of Palawan, where the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park, one of the UNESCO world heritage sites, and the majestic beaches of El Nido and Cuyo is located. You can also have fun on the beach at day and party at night at the pristine island of Boracay. Other sailing and yachting places in the Philippines include Siargao Island, Siquijor, Cebu (particularly in Oslob, Moalboal and Santander), the Island Garden City of Samal, and Panglao Island in Bohol.
The mysterious and mystical island of Bali has many volcanoes, mountains and beaches to offer to their guests and visitors. Aside from that, you can also indulge in Bali’s very diverse culture, arts, temples as well as their very modern western architecture such as the Denpasar International Airport, some of the five star hotels, and also the excellent food and night life. It is also a great way to commence your tour among the 17000 islands of Indonesia, wherein you can also explore Lombok, Komodo National Park and the Banda Sea and Raja Ampat. Have a rest and tranquility you deserve with the very simple lifestyle, waterfalls and rivers all around Bali.
One of the best ways to explore this amazing region is by chartering a private or even a liveaboard boat from Indonesian liveaboards. They offer a large selection of fully crewed luxurious boats with all the comforts one might want. Liveaboard is particularly popular around Komodo and Raja Ampat, and of course you can opt for private charter around Bali and other islands.
If you are more of an urban tourist or traveler, then Singapore will be the ideal place for you. Be astounded with Singapore’s well planned and intensive city skylines, island hopping, experiencing Resorts World and Universal Studios in Sentosa Island, and even extending your trips to the coast of Malaysia or Indonesia. With the diversity and the modern environment of Singapore, you will surely attest to what tourists call Singapore as “travelling the world without leaving the city.”
The quaint and quiet environment of Myanmar is also an underrated sailing destination that unlocks amazing opportunities for sailors. Its vast coastline starting from the Andaman Sea to the border with Bangladesh will surely relieve your thirst for coast hopping and beach hopping. Start your Myanmar yacht adventures by doing a tour of the Mergui Archipelago, which is composed of 800 beautiful islands – the amazing coral reefs and crystal clear waters will surely leave you astounded.
Southeast Asia is truly a haven for yachters and sailors alike. Sailing half-way across the world is not for everyone, so find a local charter and the most of your time on the water.