Chartering on the rise in the Gulf of Thailand

The Gulf of Thailand is a relatively undiscovered cruising region. While Phuket and the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s west coast has been famous for many years, Pattaya and the Gulf of Thailand is only recently being discovered.

Forty-three islands are within one hour by boat from Ocean Marina, putting the marina at the heart of this growth in the region’s marine tourism popularity, and with 187 islands dotted along the Gulf of Thailand’s coastline there are plenty of opportunities to explore and find a spot to call your own.

News of the region’s beauty is now spreading as is the growth of chartering in the region.

“The Gulf of Thailand has in the past been overlooked by cruising yachts and charterers but that is now changing. The region has lots to offer. There are hundreds of quiet coves and bays, stunning islands and beaches. The cruising potential is endless and the charter opportunities are only now being realised,” commented Mr. Scott Finsten, Harbour Master, Ocean Marina.

Six charter companies base themselves at Ocean Marina – the largest marina in South East Asia – and offer everything from one day island trips to multi-day crewed and bareboat charters. In addition there are many other charter operators that keep boats at the marina and use it as the launch pad for exploring the surrounding region. From 25-foot sailing yachts upto 100-foot-plus motor yachts, the choice of charter vessel is diverse with the largest charter yacht currently at Ocean Marina being the 41-metre futuristic-looking superyacht, Ocean Emerald.

“We expect to see the region’s popularity as a cruising and charter destination continue to grow. As well as more international visitors and boat owners getting out on the water and enjoying the above water and underwater beauty of the area, more Thai people are also appreciating their natural assets and enjoying time out at sea.”