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9th June 2021

What to consider when chartering yachts in Asia and how to select your perfect charter yacht

A charter vacation in South East Asia is about as close to paradise as you can get. An unforgettable break filled with crystal waters, dreamlike coves and delicious cuisine is guaranteed, but there are a few important things to consider when choosing your charter to ensure it is perfect for you. Of course, the Simpson Yacht Charter team is always on hand to advise you, answer any questions and help match you with your perfect charter yacht.


All of the charter destinations in South East Asia are stunning, with each area offering something unique. The exquisite beaches, sparkling nightlife, delicious cuisine and established tourist infrastructure in Thailand make it Simpson Yacht Charter’s most popular cruising destination. Malaysia’s Langkawi archipelago offers a slightly more sedate but equally beautiful charter destination, with the striking limestone islands, protected marine sites and, of course, duty free status to enjoy. For the perfect city escape, or just a shorter charter, cruise out of Hong Kong or Singapore to enjoy a day on the nearby paradise islands and sunset views of the city skylines. If you prefer to stay in the city, take a trip in Shanghai to enjoy the city’s Bund promenade. For the more intrepid consider Myanmar, East Malaysia or West Indonesia, all recent additions to the yachting scene, where you can encounter sea gypsies and explore street markets or ancient monuments, or for a truly bespoke charter, discover the diverse beauty and unique cultures found on the islands of Indonesia.



Although all of Asia boasts warm weather and waters year round, as a rough guide, the Andaman seas, including many of the cruising grounds of Thailand and Myanmar are best visited from November to April to avoid the monsoon season that brings with it higher chances of rain. Equally, sitting so close to the equator, the weather in Singapore is fairly constant, and it is always a good time to escape the heat of the city on a charter break, while the hot summer months are the time to enjoy a beach break in Hong Kong. Indonesia can offer good cruising conditions year round, depending on location, but the best time to enjoy the main areas of exploration, including Komodo National Park, is from May to October, and November to April in Raja Ampat.


Vacation Type

The type of vacation you are planning will also influence your choice of boat. For a family holiday, a Lagoon catamaran may be best for its space and stability, while a fast yacht or day cruiser will allow you to make the most of a city escape. For an authentic sailing experience, charter one of the stunning Lagoon sailing fleet or our selection of Indonesian Phinisi. Of course, if pure luxury is what you are looking for, only a superyacht will do, with all of our luxury fleet boasting ample entertainment spaces, the finest finishes, elegantly decorated staterooms, a range of water toys, and a number of lavish extras which can include jacuzzis, spa rooms and a gym.


Charter Type

Simpson Yacht Charter offers three different ‘types’ of charter holiday: Bareboat, Crewed Yacht and Superyacht, each one suiting different levels of experience and budget. If, when dreaming of your ideal holiday, you are wearing a captain’s hat, a bareboat charter is for you. If you are an experienced sailor or qualified skipper, we can provide you with a high quality yacht and on the ground support, whilst giving you complete freedom to explore on your own terms.

However, if your idea of a holiday is kicking back, worry free, then a crewed yacht is the perfect charter option for you. Our expert charter team can match you with the exact crew you need – be that the skipper, chef, stewardess, deckhand or all four, to make sure your Asian charter holiday is exactly as you dreamed of. But, for a truly luxurious experience, a superyacht charter is the real deal. Expect the impressive features of a superyacht along with a crew highly trained in the art of luxury hospitality. Explore in complete privacy, enjoying secluded coves and uninterrupted views from the luxurious comfort of your private superyacht.

The team at Simpson Yacht Charter are experts at creating the ‘perfect’ charter and can advise you on all the different location, season, holiday type and charter options. Whatever elements make up your perfect charter, we will be there to provide on the ground support before and during your charter, ensuring everything is smooth sailing!


Book with us today at [email protected].

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