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Phuket Chosen for Thailand Yacht Show

Thailand’s premier island destination is set to host a new yacht show this year, news which will come as music to the ears of sailing enthusiasts across Southeast Asia. The show, which will take place in Phuket at the end of the year, aims to boost tourism in the region and kindle the local marine and tourist economy.

News of the yacht show was announced earlier this month by the Kingdom’s deputy minister of transport, Akom Termpittayapisit, who announced that the decision to host the show in Phuket originated from Thailand’s prime minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha. The prime minister envisions that the yacht show will attract as much attention as the annual Motor Expo and help promote marine tourism in the Kingdom.

Phuket is already one of Southeast Asia’s premier island destinations for yachting; yacht owners and casual sailing enthusiasts have for years chosen the island as a launch pad to explore the idyllic array of islands off Phuket’s coast. Home to four marinas in total – the Royal Phuket Marina, Boat Lagoon, Yacht Haven and Ao Po Grand – the island has already made a name for itself on the global yachting scene, and attracts sea-going travellers from around the globe. The King’s Cup Regatta, held in December every year and one of the largest event on the yachting calendar, attracts a number of world-class competitors.

The island’s Royal Phuket Marina is an attraction itself, for both sailors and marine lifestyle enthusiasts. The marina is nestled in a prime position along the centre of Phuket’s eastern shores and marks the gateway to Thailand’s fabulous Phang Nga Bay, which offers some of the most serene cruising in Southeast Asia. Renowned as Thailand’s first ‘luxury and lifestyle marina’, RPM boasts 250 berths for yachts of up to 35m in length. The marina also features a non-tidal deep water basin and exclusive moorings on the doorstep of 400 opulent waterfront villas and condominiums.

Just next door is Boat Lagoon Phuket, the island’s first marina complex. Home to shops, restaurants, serviced apartments and condominiums, the marina is also an atmospheric destination to enjoy a pleasant brunch or a gourmet evening meal looking out over the moored yachts. Popular eateries in the complex include La Taverna, Watermark, The Baker, The Gallery, Le Winch and Spice Island.

Phuket’s Ao Po Marina, one of two marinas on the island with dedicated superyacht facilities, is currently undergoing extensive construction work to accommodate private villas, an up-scale hotel and two man-made lagoons. The marina, also located along the eastern coast of the island, is also situated strategically for sailing enthusiasts that want to explore Phang Nga Bay, and has zero tide restrictions. Ao Po comprises 200 berths, can accommodate yachts measuring up to 80 metres.

Another marina with superyacht facilities is Yacht Haven. Situated at Laem Phrao, the marina is home to 150 berths for crafts measuring up to 60 metres in length. One advantage of Yacht Haven is its proximity to the airport for those who want to head straight out to sea after arriving on the island. The marina offers fuel, water and provisioning services.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has been tasked with organising the yacht show, which is likely to be held in November at the start of Thailand’s peak tourism season.




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