Destination: Phuket West Coast

07.56 N 98.17 E

The west coast of Phuket has some fifteen anchorages suitable for overnight stays. That is: in the NE season only, the entire coast turns into a nasty lee shore with high waves during the SW season.

Those seeking solitude and quietness will discover that idyllic anchorages and empty beaches are somewhat rare in this area. Those who enjoy a night out ashore and who like to watch life on the beach go by from the comfortable vantage point of their yacht will find it perfect.

Yachts planning to sail to the Similan islands are wise to spend the night before the 55 mile crossing on Phuket's West coast so they can make landfall in the Similans by daylight.

Meals ashore can be had everywhere and provisions can always be bought nearby.

A few favorites: Nai Harn & Ao Sein is a popular anchorage for cruising yachts. Ao Nui just to the north is pretty and, for Phuket, totally uncrowded but very small. Kata Noi is a very popular beach and if you fancy a night out, Kata is a bit more civilized then Patong. Patong is ideal for the die-hard night crawler or for those who aspire to become one. In addition: excellent for provisioning (and fancy shopping) too.

What are perhaps Phuket most beautiful beaches are found north of Patong: Surin beach and Bang Tao. A series of upmarket resorts are found here.