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The best approach is from the southeast, inshore of Koh Samet. Anchor in 4-5 metres on a muddy bottom, clear of the traffic at the harbour entrance.

Unless you’re going to the yard, mooring inside this busy port is inadvisable.

The lighthouse on Koh Mattaphon has several red sectors marking the entrance, but it’s always advisable to follow a local boat in the channel in dayligsamht.

The harbour has all the amenities you’d expect of a local fishing port, but better provisioning is found at the main town, which is 20 kilometres from the harbour.

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Chumporn to the head of the Gulf

North of Chumporn there are a few small fishing ports, but there was nothing of much interest to cruising yachts until the opening of the new Racer Marina (see below).

[read more] The marina is just 20 kilometres south of the famous resort town of Hua Hin, where the main railway between Bangkok and Singapore runs parallel to the coast; there is a royal palace and some excellent resorts.

It is a favourite weekend destination from Bangkok and, while there are no real anchoring possibilities other than off the open beach in the right conditions at Hua Hin itself, this new marina does offer an alternative.

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