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Phuket to Phuket: 7 days

Day 1: Phuket to Phang Nga Bay

All the marinas are on the east coast of Phuket. The island is small, so transfers from your hotel or the airport will take less than 30 minutes. Join your yacht and settle in before heading out towards the splendor of Phang Nga Bay. The sheer limestone cliffs rising vertically from the sea provide a stunning start to your yacht charter. Two of the most famous places to visit at the north end of Phang Nga Bay are James Bond Island and Koh Panyee.

James Bond Island was made famous by appearing in the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. We suggest that you visit this at the start or end of the day in high season, since many speedboats from Phuket or the mainland will bring tourists there in the middle of the day. Koh Panyee is a fisherman's village built on stilts, and underneath a giant rock face. This is a fascinating place to have lunch and buy local handicrafts.

Day 2: Exploring Phang Nga Bay

The north of Phang Nga Bay is populated by hundreds of small islands, caves, bays and inlets, ideal for exploring by kayak of small dinghy. In fact, many of the best places to visit can only be reached this way. Some of the most spectacular caves are around Koh Hong, and they are best explored when the tide is low. Cruise slowly past the island of Khao Khien and see the ancient paintings of boats and animals on the rock walls. You could spend two weeks in this area and still not see everything.

Day 3: Phang Nga Bay to Krabi

Heading south, you approach Krabi and the beach at Ao Nang Bay. Many resorts, shops, restaurants and nightlife spots are dotted along this bay. Even more secluded just to the south is the world famous Railay Beach, protected from road access by rock walls on either side. Unlike the waters in the very north of Phang Nga Bay, the waters here are further south and offer very good diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Day 4: Krabi to Koh Lanta

If you can drag yourself away from the stunning Railay Beach, head south to the 70 small islands surrounding Koh Lanta. This area offers an abundance of white sandy beaches, with stunning forested coastlines, and loads of underwater marine life to explore. Lanta is far away from the main towns of Phuket and Krabi, and offers a far more peaceful version of Thailand. In fact, so peaceful that one day might not be enough here.

Day 5: Koh Lanta to Phi Phi Islands

Spectacular cliffs rising vertically out of the clear blue sea, idyllic tropical beaches, and lagoons surrounded by rock walls, have made Phi Phi Islands famous all over the world. This was the location for The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio. There is an abundance of snorkeling and diving opportunities around the islands, many of which are uninhabited. Also, many of the cliffs are scalable, and the views of the sunset from above and truly amazing. There is also a range of top class restaurants to choose from, and a very active nightlife scene.

Day 6: Phi Phi Islands to the Racha Islands

West of Phi Phi are the Racha Islands, a true tropical paradise 10 miles south of the main island of Phuket. The waters are crystal clear, and the sandy beaches are snowy white. The waters around the Racha Islands offer some great snorkeling and diving, and also offer the best fishing close to Phuket.

Day 7: Phuket

Heading north back to the main island of Phuket, there are numerous small islands off the east coast that can be explored on your final day. Maybe do some snorkeling at Coral Island, or feeding the fishes from the beach at Khai Nok. Clearly this area is a majestic wonderland filled with cultural and coastal beauty.