Sailing sailboats and yachts in Phuket Thailand

Posted: January 13, 2008 in boating, boats, sailing
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sailingPhuket Thailand’s picture perfect beaches have always welcoming to hippie backpackers, but now the island is rapidly turning into an upmarket holiday spot, becoming Asia’s premier sailing destination!

“The island has five marinas and a total of 800 berths, as well as nearly 200 specialist shops,” said Andy Dowden, founder of the Phuket International Marine Expo (Pimex). Andy Dowden arrived in Phuket over 20 years ago, when he sailed in on his sailboat and started his own chartering company.

He says, that in that time Thailand has become “the premier market for water sports in Asia, surpassing even Singapore”.

Thai authorities have actively encouraged that development, lowering taxes on imported yachts, Dowden said. As a result, Phuket now has 15 charter companies with a combined fleet of about 150 boats.  Phuket has some of the “most beautiful moorings in the world and optimal navigation conditions”, Dowden said, adding the island “has everything it needs to profit from nautical tourism”.

  1. evastyday says:

    this is very nice place for everyone

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