Many of the best activities in Thailand revolve around the water, and whether you envision yourself sailing on a luxury liner or island-hopping with a friendly captain, there are Thailand cruises to fulfill your vacation dreams. Some travelers decide to cruise to Thailand as part of a larger tour, including other areas of Southeast Asia, Australia, and even on to Los Angeles. If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, these types of Thailand cruises are how you’ll delve into Thai culture and leave feeling like you’ve experienced something authentic.
Small boats, yachts, and charter cruises are a popular way to explore Thailand. A Phuket cruise will bring visitors to cliffs, sea caves, and serene waters. The beautiful beach resort of Phuket is the perfect place to get out on the water and explore neighboring rock formations and beaches, such as Patong Beach and Karon Beach. For the adventurous traveler, a Phuket cruise may also include snorkeling, which, along with scuba diving, is one of the most popular activities during any trip to Thailand. Shallow waters and great reefs make for a rewarding dip in the sea. This area of Thailand is unusual as well because boating is available year round and not affected by either monsoon season.
A cruise to Thailand can remove some of the transportation hassle other travelers will experience. While the airports do have good facilities, lines at immigration, especially during peak travel periods, will often leave visitors with lengthy waits to enter the country. Domestic flights make exploring different areas of the country an affordable possibility, but obstacles such as immigration can add a frustrating note to the journey. These types of logistical obstacles are often taken care of by cruise companies, allowing you to relax even further.
Thailand cruises can be arranged according to your interests. Whether your hobby is scuba diving, snorkeling, or fishing, local experts can design a cruise to highlight Thailand’s offerings and suit your preferred activities. If you’re more interested in entertainment and film, take a sail to the beach where the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach was shot, at Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi. For many visitors to the country, a Phuket cruise is an unforgettable experience. An abundance of marine life, the accessibility of sea caves, and the friendliness of local fishermen will most likely have you planning another trip back to southeast Asia sooner than you thought.
Cruises to Phuket also include opportunities to enjoy the country's nightlife. As a popular backpacking and holiday destination, the main town provides many bars and nonstop activity. While Thailand is known as a generally safe destination, visitors also want to take precautions when enjoying nights out. A cruise to Thailand can also be a romantic vacation, and many visitors take advantage of affordable prices to plan a luxury honeymoon that guarantees good quality for their money, but regardless of what first brings you to Thailand, the undisturbed landscapes, fresh cuisine, and interesting culture will keep you talking about this trip for years to come.