As you may expect, in a country, famed for its stunning islands, there is a bounty of waterways to explore too. A flop-and-drop on Thailand’s jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches is a fabulous way to experience the Land of Smiles.
We show you how to push the boat out on your Thailand holiday and schedule some time on the water too.
While plenty of Asian cruises include a short stay in Thailand, only Royal Caribbean has dedicated itineraries. The 4-night Phuket Getaway sails through the Malacca Strait to mesmerising Phuket. Lush mountains, craggy rocks, pristine beaches, and water the colour of Bradley Cooper’s eyes greet you. Offshore excursions include cultural sights, island hopping or even a 6-hour slosh-fest on the Fullmoon Brew Bar tour.
The 5-night Bangkok Cruise reveals what makes this vibrant city tick. Marvel at magnificent temples, explore by tuk-tuk or tuck in street-side to sample all kinds of Thai treats.
Have you ever seen a friend post their Thailand holiday snaps and scoffed at their #nofilter hashtag? Pfff. Of course they’ve used a filter, right? Wrong! If you explore the coast and islands, you absolutely get turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and soaring palm trees. And sailing gives you the ultimate freedom.
As famous as Thailand is above water, underwater it is as impressive. Get double the Thailand magic by combining sailing and diving on a liveaboard trip. You’ll reside aboard a boat or yacht with regular anchor drops to some of Thailand’s best dive locations. Witness sharks, turtles, caverns, shipwrecks, and rainbow-coloured reefs. Not a diver? Check out these sailing cruises.
If you’re a money-is-no-object holidaymaker (not loaded, you just travel in style) then charter a Sweet Dreamers crewed luxury yacht. They even have optional extras, like kayaks, paddleboards, and water skis. We’re down if you are?
WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT
Land lovers rejoice – you don’t need a multi-day adventure to get all up in Thailand’s waterways. In fact, you’d be missing out if you only explored the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand.
Even with your camera that you’ve had since you went backpacking in 1998, epic shots are guaranteed at any of Bangkok’s floating markets. Rise early so you can barter with boat traders for their tropical fruits, unusual snacks, and cooked-on-the-boat Thai dishes.
For more rural Bangkok, board a long tail boat trip to Nonthaburi. You can even reach Thailand’s ancient capital, Ayutthaya, along the Chao Praya River.
If you prefer the wind in your hair, speedboats can whisk you between or around most of Thailand’s 1,400+ islands. A speedboat feels particularly appropriate when making your way to James Bond Island (Khao Ping Kan).
If the famous Koh Phangan Full Moon party has always seemed a bit tame, It’s the Ship provides the ultimate 4-day rager. This festival-at-sea to Phuket redefines cruise travel. Forget having to join Aunty Marge for that cabaret show before bed, instead you’ll be dancing to international DJs and going to bed after the sun comes up.