The sailing region in Thailand appeals with dreamlike beaches, great cuisine, hospitality of the local inhabitants and very high service quality. Popular yacht charter destinations are in the Phang Nga Bay around Phuket and the Similan Islands.
Arrival & Visa Requirements
Starting from 2007, Russian citizens
can enter Thailand without visa, if the purpose of the travel is tourism and the travel duration does not excess 30 days. When crossing the border (at the airport) you should fill in a migration card and present your valid passport with two blank pages for remarks of the Thai authorities.
The citizens of the following EU countries
require a tourist visa to enter Thailand: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Cyprus. The citizens of the other EU countries can enter Thailand without visa, presenting just their valid passport and a return ticket.
Regulations & Required Documents for Yacht Charter in Thailand
For yacht charter in Thailand the skipper has to possess a valid skipper licence, as required in his home country. Charters are also possible with a hired English speaking skipper. Many yacht charter guests also hire a cook to get familiar with the professionally made Thai food during their holidays.
Additional documents are not required for yacht charter.
Traditions & Gastronomy
The typical Thai art and architecture will impress each visitor. They reflect a mix of the cultures of India, China and Sri Lanka, which have been contributing to the Thai culture for seven centuries.
The Buddhism is the religion of the most inhabitants and a strong power in the Thai society. In most villages, the centre of social life is the local monastery. It is usual that each young man should spend some time in the monastery as part of his education. Apart of the religious activities, the monastery often plays the role of school, hospital and a place for rest. The Thai Buddhism has a syncretic character with the elements of Hinduism, Confucius, Daoism and Animism. There are Chinese and Hindi temples in the bigger towns in Thailand. In the southern part of the country, yacht charter guests will also encounter some mosques. The meditation is one of the most popular aspects of the Buddhism, which is regularly practiced in Thailand not only by monks, but also by “normal” people. The meditation should help to find the inner balance and the joy of life. Yacht charter guests who like to try out the Thai meditation method can do this in different monasteries and temples.
The traditional Thai massage is a product of the oriental medicine since more than 2500 years. It combines applications from yoga and acupressure with the purpose to stimulate the energy points of the body. The Thai massage shall be understood as a spiritual practice of the Buddhism. The patient shall be in a fully relaxed or even meditative condition to let the masseur feel and find all energy points of his body. Feeling the effect of the Thai massage after a long walk or an exhausting yacht charter journey is an ineffable pleasure.
Real gourmets among yacht charter guests will have to admit that the Thai cuisine is one of the best in the world. The main characteristic of the traditional Thai dishes is that they are very spicy. For European sailing tourists, it can be a real problem at the beginning. Therefore, our tip: do not try to drink water after you have eaten spicy food – this would not help! Just do it like the Thai themselves – eat a lot of rice. Apart of chili pepper, spicies like vinager, sugar and the traditional fish sauce are used in the Thai cuisine. The fish sauce is often used as a salt substitute. You will normally use chopsticks to eat, even for dishes like noodle soups.
Thailand is rich in exotic fruits. Apart of the well known fruits like pineapple, papaya and mango, there are also fruits unkown in the European countries. For instance, durian – the fruit has an oval form and hard sharp prickles. Its yellow body tastes like a mix of processed cheese and vanilla pudding. Mangosteen (also called mangkut) is another exotic fruit, which grows in Thailand, with violet peel and juicy white pulp. On the fruit markets yacht charter crews will find “lamuts” - their form and size are similar to kiwi; “luuk ngaw” – red fruits similar to plums with long white prickles; “lamuai” looking like small brown balls; “khanyn” – big green fruits with red seeds; white, green and red“chomphoo” looking and tasting like apples. The lighter the colour, the sweeter!
The Thai cooks are real artists. You will be impressed by the “art works” they are cutting out the fruits and vegetables. If you want to repeat this at home, you will have to buy a special fruit cutting knife.
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