Hiring a Catamaran or Yacht on Koh Chang
Sailing around Koh Chang is increasingly popular. Every year there’s a noticeable increase in the number of yachts visiting the island and I often get emails from people asking about chartering a boat for a few days. The archipelago is gradually getting a name for itself as a great place to go sailing if you want to avoid sharing an overnight mooring with dozens of other yachts.
Unlike the south of Thailand, you’ll be able to sail all day and just see a handful of other yachts. And at night, moor off a sleepy deserted island. Yet you’re never more than a short sail from a resort on Koh Chang, Koh Wai or Koh Mak or Koh Kood or a Marine National Park base on Koh Rang or Koh Bai Daeng
Gulf Charters have been chartering yachts out of their base at Salakphet Seafood Restaurant pier, Salakphet, in the far southeast of the island, for many years and mainly focus on catamarans and premium monohulls. They have also put together a useful guide to sailing in this corner of Thailand. This is free to download – even if you aren’t sailing with them. Get the Sailing Guide PDF here
Also in Salakphet, many private owners moor at Island View pier or the small marina near the head of the bay. Dieter, the owner of Island View, first arrived on Koh Chang, by yacht over 25 years ago and knows pretty much everything there is to know about sailing in this area of Thailand.
|For more information about what to expect if you charter a boat from Koh Chang, check out this extensive article from SEA Yachting’s January – February 2020 edition. It’s written by Captain Mark who has 40 years sailing experience and now spends the year on Koh Chang.
You can also contact him through his new Fb page: facebook.com/Kohchangyachtclub This page is designed to promote sailing in the Koh Chang Archipelago. You’ll find promotions from yacht and boat charter companies, plus tips and information from the community.
Skippered Day Trip
Steve from Mandala Sailing is a long time visitor to Koh Chang. During the high season he runs skippered day trips to the islands south of Koh Chang for families or small groups. The maximum group size is 6 people. Figure on just 6,000 Baht for a full day out on his yacht. ( Why so cheap? Because usual rates are 12,000 Baht / day but due to covid-19 Steve has reduced rates to make sailing accessible to more people. ) More photos and information here.
Skippered Catamaran Charter
Unless you are specifically planning a sailing holiday, you’re probably more interested on a day out on a boat with a captain and crew doing the work rather than a week or two out on the ocean. As of mid-2018, Koh Chang SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Station also has an lovely Athena 38 catamaran for charter. It is only available for skippered trips and can take up to 8 passengers.
Full Day Yacht Cruise
From 09:00 – 16:00. A full day aboard this stylish catamaran. You’ll cruise south along the west coast of Koh Chang before heading down to Koh Wai, which is a great spot for snorkelling. You can also go ashore and laze on the beach. Then you’ll sail north to Koh Laoya, a beautiful private island at the mouth of Salakphet Bay in the south east of Koh Chang. It’s famous for it’s picturesque beach. Then it’s time to head along the south coast of Koh Chang and back to base in the Kong Prao estuary.
Price: 22,000 Baht
Half Day Yacht Cruise
From 09.00-12.00 or 13.00-16.00. You’ll head out to the islands of Koh Yuak and Koh Suwan, located off the west coast of Koh Chang. From here you can enjoy the views of Koh Chang, do some good snorkeling, relax on a quiet beach or explore the small islands by SUP.
Price 15,000 Baht
From 17:00 – 18:30. Enjoy a relaxed evening onboard sailing off Klong Prao beach as the sun goes down. A nice way to relax with friends or family or celebrate a special occasion before heading out to dinner.
Price 9,000 Baht
– Transfer to/from from your hotel on White Sand Beach, Klong Prao Beach or Kai Bae Beach. Other locations are possible for an additional charge
– Meals. Lunch – for the full day trip, Drinks, Snacks & Fruit
– All equipment – Dinghy, SUP boards, Snorkeling equipment, Towels
To book contact:
By Line : @sxclub
FB : https://www.facebook.com/supstationkohchang/
Bareboat Yacht Charter
In mid 2015, AV Ocean started up operations out of the Siam Royal View marina in the northwest of the island. In 2017 they relocated, also to Island View pier, Salakphet. As this location is ideally suited for anyone wanting to sail to the islands south of Koh Chang. Access to the islands is easy and the water is much deeper. With no problems getting boats out at low tide.
They have just completed work on their office and lounge area and have four yachts available for charter. More will be added during the coming High Season, including a 47ft ketch that is currently being restored in Phuket. More details on sailingkohchang.com
Jenneau Sun Odyssey 35 – 89,000 Baht / Week
Jenneau Sun Odyssey 43 – 99,000 Baht per week
Hunter 310 – 69,000 Baht per week
Lagoon 380 catamaran, brand new vessel. 39,000 Baht per day. 3 Day minimum hire. Skippered charter only.
MacGregor26 – 55,000 Baht per week ( coming soon )
All monohull yachts can be chartered with a certified skipper for an additional 3,000 Baht per day.
For more details, please contact Denis from AV Ocean direct using the form below