Cruising in South East Asia is known for tropical seas, easy sailing, amazing scenery,welcoming local people and delicious food. Cruising in Thailand is a well trodden path, but Myanmar has only been open for tourism for a few years.
Thailand is known as the land of smiles and with justification. Arrive in Thailand and immediately the warmth of the people envelopes you. Yacht charters normally start in Phuket on the east coast, providing access to famous Phang Nga and the limestone karsts soaring out of the sea. It’s easy sailing through spectacular scenery. Dip into Phuket for nightlife and gourmet food and then retreat to your yacht for seclusion in your favorite bay.
Myanmar was formerly known as Burma and is bordered by Thailand in the east. Myanmar has been off the tourist map for years because in 1996 the
National League for Democracy (NLD) asked for a tourism boycott of Myanmar in protest at the military government. In 2010 the NLD lifted its boycott and with a peacefully elected government in 2015 it looked like Myanmar was going from strength to strength. Sadly, there is still significant ethnic unrest in remote areas of the country, but fortunately the beautiful, unspoilt cruising areas are unaffected.
Because it has only been a few years since Myanmar has opened up to tourism, a yacht charter in this area is for people looking for an adventure.
The best time to visit Thailand and Myanmar is during the dry season, from the end of October until the end of February, when there is significantly less rain and temperatures are not so extreme.
As you would expect, as an established tourist destination, Phuket has the most events and festivals. Top Phuket events and festivals are:
Myanmar has many festivals but often they are specific to a particular village or area. Find out from the locals what is going on whilst you are there, like all countries it’s the best way to better understand the local culture. The larger festivals are the Thingyan Water Festival celebrating the Myanmar New Year and the Tazaungdaing Festival.