Thailand is one of the most promising cruising grounds for visiting sailors who want to be immersed in a rich cultural landscape.
With more than 130 islands to explore, when sailing in Thailand you will discover a multitude of scenic and secure anchorages, pristine white-sand beaches, rugged uninhabited islands, and vibrant nightlife.
Sailing in Thailand provides rich rewards for the bold, and the number of similarities to sailing in the Med may just surprise you. Here’s everything you need to know before Sailing in Thailand.
It’s a common misconception that the humidity on a boat charter in Thailand will have your t-shirt clinging to your skin the whole time. That may be partly true during the wetter part of the year (May to October), but as the old saying goes, “If you can’t stand the heat, charter December through April.”
The air temperature will hold respectably between the mid-twenties and thirties all-year-round, meaning that if you don’t mind a little bit of the wet stuff (and you are sailing, after all!), then Thailand is a year-round option for you. The driest months are December, January and February, while April and May are the hottest months. Locals enjoy the climate in June, July and August, when things are a little quieter and the odd heavy downpour is buffered by plenty of sunshine.
Dominated by two monsoons, the dry season is fed by prevailing north easterlies that generally produce between 5 and 16 knots, very much within sailing range, with the occasional need to engage the diesel.
The south westerlies synonymous with the humid rainy season offer a little more chutzpah and can typically be expected to get up to around 27 knots on the windiest of days. This is not dissimilar to the famous meltemi in the Saronic Gulf and Cyclades.
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