When what you want is to enjoy a yacht trip with your partner you will certainly be looking for destinations that can accord you luxury, privacy and fun at your pleasure. Thankfully, Thailand has plenty of options that you can add to your itinerary in making your tour a truly romantic getaway. With the option of bareboat or crewed private yachts, couples have much flexibility of choice when it comes to how intimate or catered to an experience they can make of such a trip. Let’s look at some of the best spots to explore with your lover.
Quite close to Phuket, this is a good first stop on your tour of the islands. The seclusion of Krabi makes it an excellent location for romance away from prying eyes. Less popular than Koh Samui and Phuket, you will compete with far fewer couples for beach space that is well shaded by looming palms and overlooked by dramatic cliffs.
There are lots of fun activities you can enjoy in the outdoors including swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and rock climbing. After a long day, you can retreat to your yacht or spend the night at one of the luxurious freestanding bungalows of the premium resort, the Rayavadee.
Further away, some 120 kilometres northwest of Phuket is this delightful group of nine islands that are famous for not just being off the beaten path but also for their stunning landscape made up of fantastic beaches set against a backdrop of luscious mangrove forests and stunning rock formations. Easily one of the best places in Thailand to capture some memories of celluloid.
The clear blue waters are perfect for dropping anchor and diving in for a lovely swim or snorkelling. The waters are always warm and you can see through to beautiful corals and schools of colourful fish and sea turtles. You can spend the night on your boat or book one of the island’s private cottages. With fewer travellers making it this far, you can enjoy much privacy here, especially on the more remote islands.
Also referred to as Turtle Island, this is a must-visit if you love to immerse yourselves in nature. Located on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand, the island has multiple beautiful and secluded bays and beaches where you can take time to relax and explore. As the name suggests, it is inhabited by a healthy population of hawksbill and green turtles in its shallow coral reefs.
The clear warm and calm waters are enjoyable for swimming, snorkelling and diving. To avoid the crowds and enjoy some more privacy, try to make your way to Mango Bay, Hin Wong Bay, Laem Thian, Sai Daeng, Freedom Beach, or Koh Nang Yuan. These are all very picturesque locations with far fewer tourists to contend with. Koh Tao is also home to a thriving spa services industry. Enjoy a couple’s massage and other treatments at any of the spa resorts or private family-owned businesses.
One of the most serene Thai islands must be Koh Kut, also referred to as Koh Kood. Located to the far east in the Trat Sea, it is the fourth largest Thai island and has done exceedingly well in conserving the natural environment thanks to its remoteness which has discouraged too many visitors.
It has many beautiful and unspoiled beaches with coral-coloured sands lined by verdant palms. Some are so secluded you can only access them from the seaside, perfect for couples looking for privacy. Check out some of the most private choices like Yai Kee, Ngamko, or Sai Daeng. Even the more popular Bangbao and Klong Chao beaches still see limited footfall during peak tourist seasons and are definitely worth a visit.
Further inland amongst the hills you can find several stunning waterfalls and plenty of rich dense jungle vegetation. The crystal clear blue waters are great for all kinds of water activities. There are several resorts on Koh Kut that offer private villa accommodation, ideal for couples looking for seclusion.
Though more cosmopolitan and among the key Thai tourist destinations, Hua Hin is still worth visiting for couples, if only for the varied entertainment. The seaside resort community is just a two and a half hour’s drive from Bangkok and is popular amongst locals and visitors as a vacation spot, so you may want to avoid it during holiday periods and long weekends.
It is home to several sprawling night markets where lovers can stroll through the lanes enjoying live entertainment and considering the various wares as souvenirs to take home. It also hosts many fine dining establishments which would make for a delightful change of pace if you have been sailing for a while. Consider making a booking at highly rated restaurants like Brasserie De Paris, Carlo Ristorante, or Big Fish & Bar at the Marriott resort.
If you are a bit tired of sleeping on your yacht, there are a wide range of hotels and resorts to choose from, many of which have sea-facing rooms and luxury private villas. You can also find plenty of spas in the area in resorts and outside. A good place to try some romantic couples’ treatments and massages. Also, consider taking a short drive to the Monsoon Valley Vineyard which is a quiet sanctuary set against a picturesque landscape of rolling hills and vines. Enjoy some wine tasting paired with delicious food at the bistro or take a tour by an elephant.
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