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Thailand Cruising Guide

An online cruising guide for yachts sailing around Thailand.

Capitol: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Thai Baht
Thailand map courtesy of used with permission


Thailand is home to several distinct geographic regions, partly corresponding to the provincial groups. The north of the country is mountainous, with the highest point being Doi Inthanon at 2,565 metres above sea level (8,415 ft). The northeast, Isan, (see special section on this region) consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong river. The centre of the country is dominated by the predominantly flat Chao Phraya river valley, which runs into the Gulf of Thailand. The south consists of the narrow Kra Isthmus that widens into the Malay Peninsula.

Thailand has over a 1,000nm of mainland coastline bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand (Siam). With thousands of islands, there are many more miles of beaches, creeks and headlands meeting the sea. Lying between 5 and 13 degrees north, the climate is tropical, the beaches are palm fringed, with priste white sand,crystal waters and superb coral reefs.


Thailand is largely tropical, so it's hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F), a degree of relief provided only in the mountains in the far north of Thailand. The careful observer will, however, note three seasons:

  • Cool: From November to the end of February, it doesn't rain much and temperatures are at their lowest, although you will barely notice the difference in the south and will only need to pack a sweater if hiking in the northern mountains, where temperatures can fall as low as 5°C. This is the most popular time to visit and, especially around Christmas and New Year's, finding flights and accommodation can be expensive and difficult.
  • Hot: From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F). Pleasant enough when sitting on the beach with a drink in hand, but not the best time of year to go temple-tramping in Bangkok.
  • Rainy: From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country. This doesn't mean it rains non-stop, but when it does it pours and flooding is not uncommon.

There are local deviations to these general patterns. In particular, the south-east coast of Thailand (including Ko Samui) has the rains reversed, with the peak season being May-October and the rainy off season in November-February.

Weather Links

Special reference to Thailand's coastal areas


Submit details of the charts required for safe navigation of the area.

Special Navigation Notes

Any navigation notes here.

Local Radio Nets

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Submit details of Cruiser's Nets and VHF operating/calling channels here.

Arrival/Departure procedures

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Immigration Visas & Customs

See the Official Govt. Website for current details.

  • We have been in and out of Thailand many times and there is little cost except for weekend overtime at the Immigration places. Also unlike many other places the ship captain cannot check in or out passengers and Crew members. Places like Satun which as a strong river tidal currents should be avoided as all crew and passengers must attend the immigration. Also do not take your time from Langkawi to Phuket as the immigration want to charge a non recieted fee for any delays more than 3 days. You can sit and argue for an hour and get away with it sometimes.--Rossmonty 03:26, 15 June 2008 (MDT)


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Ports & Popular Stops

  • Peninsula West Coast
    • Phuket (Port of entry)(Has data)
    • Koh Lanta (Port of entry via road to Krabi)
    • Krabi (Port of entry) (anchor at Ao Nang)
  • Gulf of Thailand

Offshore Islands

Passages from Thailand

Cruiser's Friends & Supplies

Teak Supplies

  • Serm Wong Sawmill Company.Ltd. tel. 66 02 585 0238
  • S Sammakke timber Trade Limited- Part. tel. 66 02 587 3311 - 66 02 585 2440 - 66 02 585 8164 - 66 02 587 8748
  • Taveekit Timber trade Limited.Part. tel. 66 02 585 4077- 66 02 585 0330 - 66 02 585 4612


  • Sika(THailand) Limited. tel. 66 02 671 2764/9

Epoxy Glue

  • Thai Epoxy & Allied Products Company. tel. 66 02 253 5031/3

(Tel. Note: If phoning from outside Thailand drop the 0 before the"2")

References & Publications

Books, Guides, etc.

  • Andaman Sea Pilot: a very well documented sea pilot issued by Image Asia Events Co., Ltd in Phuket. Lots of anchorages reaching from Darwin to Andaman Islands, with detailed drawings of heaps of anchorages. More details on Andaman Sea Pilot's website ISBN 974-949998-08

Links to CruiserLog Forum discussions

Links to discussions on the CruiserLog Forum

External Links

Submit useful website links for the region

Personal Notes

Personal Experiences?


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