Southeast Asia Pilot by Andy Dowden & Bill O’Leary

Incorporating the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia… and more

Southeast Asia Pilot by Andy Dowden & Bill O’Leary

Thailand

Thailand has over 1,000 miles of mainland coastline bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. With thousands of islands, there are many more miles of beaches, creeks and headlands meeting the sea. Lying between 50 and 130 north, the climate is tropical and the beaches are palm fringed, with pristine white sand, crystal waters and superb coral reefs.

Thailand Map

Add to that the renowned friendliness of the Thai people, their magnificent cuisine and culture − and Thailand has deservedly become Asia’s premier cruising destination.

Neither coastline is in a hazardous weather zone; there are no typhoons and even the seasonal monsoons are gentle. Temperatures are 250-320C and the sea rarely varies from 280. Comfortable cruising is possible all year round, even on the Andaman Sea coast, with its strong southwest monsoon breezes. Thai waters have long been an essential stopover for world cruisers; many never leave.

Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay - Photo by helicam.asia
Anchorages in Thailand
Below, we list the main anchorage locations for Thailand that are featured in the book – together with one sample anchorage. For a complete list of all 533 anchorage locations, go to Southeast Asia Pilot index
Phang Nga BayPhoto by Grenville Fordham

Phang Nga Bay

The area bounded by Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces forms Phang Nga Bay. There are over 100 islands...

  • EAST COAST PHUKET & ITS ISLANDS
  • NORTH PHANG NGA BAY
  • KOH YAO ARCHIPELAGO
  • KOH CHONG LAT & KOH KHLUI CHANNEL
See sample Thailand anchorage
Koh Khai Nok
Krabi & Phi Phi IslandsPhoto by Bill O’Leary

Krabi & Phi Phi

The stunning beach and sea-mountain scenery of Krabi is now famous, many visitors extolling some of the beaches...

  • Krabi
  • Phi Phi Islands
  • Bamboo island group
Phuket to RanongPhoto by Bill O’Leary

Phuket to Ranong

This chapter covers the 2 degrees of latitude on the Thai coast from just south of Phuket to the border town of Ranong...

  • WEST COAST PHUKET
  • BAN THAP LAMU & NORTH TO KHAO LAK
  • THE SIMILAN & SURIN ISLANDS
Koh Lanta to TarutaoPhoto by Bill O’Leary

Koh Lanta to Tarutao

From Koh Lanta to Tarutao covers 110 miles of coastline and islands, encompassing the three mainland provinces of Krabi, Trang and Satun at the Malaysian border...

  • Koh Lanta to Koh Phetra
  • The Bulon Group to the Butangs
  • Koh Tarutao
Samui & The Western GulfPhoto by Per Meistrup

Samui & The Western Gulf

North of the Malaysian border, the first main Thai ports are Narathiwat and Pattani, both commercial fishing harbours...

  • KOH SAMUI & KOH PHANGAN
  • KOH TAO & THE ANG THONG ISLANDS
  • CHUMPORN TO THE CHAO PHRAYA RIVER
Pattaya & The Eastern GulfPhoto by © VascoPlanet.com, http://vascoplanet.com

Pattaya & The Eastern Gulf

Pattaya is 147 km southeast of Bangkok and faces the Gulf of Thailand. The only place of note between Bangkok and Pattaya is...

  • ISLANDS OFF PATTAYA
  • OCEAN MARINA TO KOH SAMET
  • KOH CHANG NATIONAL PARK & KOH KUT
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While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.

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