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3 Things to NEVER Do (and 1 to ALWAYS Do) During Thailand Yacht Charter Vacation

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Recently, we blogged about the Thai government’s efforts to lift the restrictions that kept superyacht charter vessels away from Thailand.  Now that the door has been opened for foreign-flagged yachts (and American charterers and tourists), let’s look at some cultural taboos that could save you from being branded an “Ugly American.”

Woman making shocked face - black and white

 

Keep in mind almost 95% of the Thai population is Buddhist. As in much of southeast Asia, there are cultural taboos that non-Buddhists would not know, some of which are considered religiously offensive.

 

Three things NOT to do on your yacht charter Thailand:

  • Avoid touching or passing any object over the top of anyone’s head, as a person’s head is viewed as the most sacred body part.  Related to this  – Do not touch anyone’s head.
  • Don’t point your foot at any person, and don’t use your foot to move anything, as the foot is viewed as the lowliest body part.  Remember to never put your feet up on a table or any furniture. [I thought my mother-in-law was Italian, but now I’m thinking she was Thai, as she always scolded her son for putting his feet on the coffee table while watching TV!!!]

Baby between two adult feet with traditional no symbols on the feet

  • Try never to point, especially with your index finger, as it is considered extremely rude. [Think of President Bill Clinton – he always used his thumb to point, never his index finger.  Funny, he doesn’t strike me as a Buddhist!]

 

Here’s one thing to ALWAYS do:

  • Always use your right hand to pass or receive an object.  [Sorry left-handed charterers.]

Right hand thumbs up

One of the great joys of a yachting vacation is the Superyacht Experience – the chance to embrace diversity, participate in unique cultural events, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.  By avoiding these taboos, think how much more enjoyable your Phuket yacht charter vacation will be.  You won’t offend the wonderful people of Thailand, and your mother won’t scold you for putting your feet up on the yacht’s furniture!

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AMAIA Catamaran Sailboat Thailand Bareboat

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Amaia catamaran sailboat. Photo taken in a quiet bay. She is at anchor with no sails.  There are 3 large boulder islands in the distance in front of her. She has a red sail cover over the boom, and it reads the boat name, Amaia in white letters.

 

AMAIA CATAMARAN SAILBOAT

For your next vacation, why not book a bareboat charter in Phuket, Thailand on sailing yacht Amaia?

ABOUT THE CATAMARAN

She is a luxurious 47 foot sailing cat that offers variety in charter.  For example, if you so desire, you can also have a crewed catamaran charter onboard, as well.

EXTERIOR DETAIL

Her abundantly-spacious exterior leads to a spacious cockpit which is perfect for enjoying a lazy lunch, relaxation, and some refreshing cocktails.  Lots of options exist for your relaxation enjoyment, for instance, catch up on some reading or sunbathing on the front deck, or even listen to some music under the dazzling cockpit lights.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Amaia can comfortably accommodate up to ten yacht charter guests for a bareboat charter, or 8 up to guests for a crewed catamaran charter.

 

HOW TO BOOK A SAILBOAT CHARTER

To book your private luxury yacht charter vacation, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Thailand Opens Door for Phuket Yacht Charter for Foreign Superyachts

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The restriction that kept superyacht charter vessels away from Thailand has officially been lifted, opening the door for more foreign-flagged yachts to offer vacation rentals in Thai waters.

In September, the Thai government issued a Royal Decree to allow yachts to apply for a Superyacht Charter License for Thailand. Until now, only Thai-flagged yachts were allowed to operate charters in the countries territorial waters, with foreign megayachts restricted from beginning and ending their trips in Thai waters (although temporary entry was allowed).

White sand beach in front of aqua water and 3 large rocks. 3 colorful wooden boats pulled up onto beach.

 

According to Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, the new license, in effect, has created a new destination for private yacht charter vacations. “We can now offer an exciting new cruising destination in Southeast Asia to our clients,” says Sheeder. “The decree will make it easier for charter yachts to relocate for the winter at the conclusion of the summer Mediterranean season.”

Thus far, 3 licenses were granted in Bangkok on the same day the decree was issued. The first license issued was granted to 41m OCEAN EMERALD, one of three identical charter yachts (OCEAN SAPPHIRE and OCEAN PEARL the others) well known in the Mediterranean.

In related news, Thailand’s Prime Minister has announced the new Thailand Yacht Show will take place at the Ao Po Grande Marina in Phuket in February 2016.  Located in Phang Nga Bay, the marina is undergoing major upgrades including berths for up to 200 yachts, a permanent breakwater, provisioning outlets (ideal for Thailand bareboat charter clients), and luxury condos overlooking the marina.

For information on arranging a charter vacation in Thailand, email your request to us at info@1800yachtcharters.com, call us at 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (1-800-922-4824), or use our convenient online form.  We look forward to working with you.

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Thailand Popular Luxury Yacht Charter Destination

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Aerial photograph of a beach in Bangkok, Thailand. There is a y-shaped sandbar connecting 2 islands.

Bangkok, Thailand beach

SURVEY REVEALS…

A recent survey confirms increasing popularity of Thailand. Respondents favor Thailand as an emerging destination for yachting vacations.

THAILAND AS YACHT CHARTER DESTINATION

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced a survey. This is by MasterCard Worldwide.  It names Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, as the third-most favorite global destination in 2012.

 

WHICH OTHER CITIES JOIN THE LIST?

According to the survey, Bangkok follows only London and Paris in the rankings and is expected to draw around 12.2 million visitors, who will spend about 19.2 million dollars this year.  Thailand was 4th in the rankings of tourist spending in 2011, with the record of 14.4 billion dollars, after first, the UK, second, the USA, and third, France.

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, states,
“We have definitely noticed a greater interest in Thailand as a charter destination, especially in our bareboat operation.  A Thailand luxury sailing charter is a superb option for those seeking adventure in an exotic, unique locale.”

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Top 3 Must-See Yacht Favorite Islands

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Dreaming of a blissful getaway?  Here are three breathtaking islands you’ll want to visit in your lifetime, preferably from the comfort of a your own private luxury chartered yacht.

1.  James Bond Island (Ko Phi Phi Don), Thailand

Photograph of Ko Phi Phi Don Island, Thailand, as seen from the land. Huge boulders in the water. Clean, clear green water. White sand beach. Palm tree.

Ko Phi Phi Don Island, Thailand

2.  Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – South America
Photograph of marine iguana standing on a rock in the foreground.  Blue footed booby bird feet can be seen in the background. There is a small shrub at the left side of the picture.

Galapagos Islands yacht charter wildlife

 3.  Ischia, Italy – Mediterranean 
Photograph of the island of Ischia, Italy. There is a large island with green trees at the top, homes at the bottom along the coastline,. Boats in the harbour. Blue sky with fluffy clouds. The island is on the left side of the photograph.  The ocean is on the right side of the photograph.

Ischia, Italy yacht charter

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

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