Frequently Asked Questions

How to get to/from Langkawi/Phuket

How are the costs and expenses calculated?

What do I need to pack?

Weather

How to get to/from Langkawi/Phuket

Most guests fly into Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, or Singapore for their international leg. They then buy two single tickets on a low-cost regional airlines to/from Langkawi and Phuket. It's very quick and straightforwards.

It is also more exciting also to spend a few days in each location (Phuket, Langkawi, Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur) before and after their cruise. We offer some combined charter/villa rental packages in Phuket for you to look at.

For your international leg many airlines fly into Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur - British Airways, Air France, Quantas, Ethiad, Thai Airways, Air Asia X, Emirates, JAL, Singapore Airlines, Air Malaysia, Eva Air, Cathy Pacific, to name a few.

There are more and more options directly into Phuket, and via Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi from the new routes found at www.airasia.com also.

We recommend www.trailfinders.com, www.statravel.com for discount travel, plus the online sites such as www.ebookers.com, www.travelsupermarket.com for UK customers and www.expedia.com are all also very good.

Recommended Flight Options From Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.
A single flight to/from:
Bangkok to Phuket (60 mins)

Plus, another single flight to/from:
Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur (80 mins), then onto Langkawi (60 mins)

Book all local flights on-line at www.airasia.com

Recommended Flight Options From Kuala Lumpur*
A single flight to/from:
Kuala Lumpur to Phuket (80 mins)

Plus, another single flight to/from:
Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi (60 mins)

Book all local flights on-line at www.airasia.com
*Air Asia use Kuala Lumpur low cost terminal (a 20 minute ride from the main Kuala Lumpur International Airport)

Recommended Flight Options From Singapore.
A single flight to/from:
Singapore to Phuket (105 mins)

Plus, another single flight to/from:
Singapore to Langkawi (85 mins), or
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (80 mins), then onto Langkawi (60 mins)

Book all local flights on-line at www.airasia.com

We recommend Air Asia as all your local travel can be quickly and easily booked on-line. You can also book your flights on-line between Singapore and Langkawi, and Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi using both Malaysia Airlines or Silk Air. Please also look at the options of other regional airlines:- Tiger Airlines, Jet Star Asia, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines. Other airlines and routes are also opening up all the time so please check thoroughly at the time of booking for you best options.

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How are the costs and expenses calculated?

Your total charter costs is calculated by adding the charter rate (which includes the cost of the boat, crew and all facilities on board), to the expenses or provisioning costs (which includes food, drinks, port and fuel costs).

In Asia provisioning fees usually amount to between 15% and 20% of the base charter rate.

In Europe provisioning fees usually amount to between 30% and 40% of the base charter rate.

For this reason charters in Asia are amongst the lowest priced in the world. If you also consider the seas are the most beautiful we have ever cruised and that you can still find yourself to be the only yacht moored off the most spectacular islands with clear blue waters and white sand beaches it is a situation that will not last for long.  You better hurry, as in 10 years time Asian waters will also have many yachts as Europe or the Caribbean does today.

In fact one of the reasons we moved from Europe was we often found ourselves jostling with a hundred other yachts for a mooring space. Factor in the lack of beautiful palm-fringed islands and the huge cost of fuel in Europe, and you can see why cruising in the Indian Ocean and Andaman Seas is now considered to offer you the most exclusive, beautiful and exciting cruising areas in the world.

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What do I need to pack?

As with most holidays or vacations the general rule is: the least baggage you have the better. This truism is no different for yacht chartering vacations or holidays. To help you pack just imagine what it is that you are going to be doing while on your particular charter. Some of the time you may be swimming or sunbathing - other times you might be dinning in a great seafood restaurant, or eating on board relaxing with friends and family.

Some items which are worth considering are: light summer clothing such as shorts, tops, skirts, sun hats or caps, sandals, trainers or sneakers or soft soled athletic shoes, bathing and swim suites and one or two pieces of warmer clothing for night wear such as sweatshirt, sweater, windbreaker, jeans, light pants – although these items are likely to be used very rarely. You may want to go out dinning and socializing in the evening so some more "smart casual", such as long pants and collared shirts. Jackets, ties and evening dresses are not normally required.

Remember to bring any personal items such as passports and visas as well as medication or personal sport equipment. Softer luggage is ideal for fitting into cabin lockers and is generally more practical on a yacht.

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Weather

We enjoy year-round chartering in the 12,000 square miles of Andaman Seas from Langkawi to Phuket. It is one of the most beautiful cruising areas in the world, and blessed with a mild weather system. We do not get monsoons, typhoons, or strong wind systems like the Mistral in the Mediterranean.

There are hundreds of secluded islands, with white sand beach, surrounded by with clear seas and many coral formations.

The north-east wind season is from November to April. It is fine and clear with flat seas sheltered by the Thailand and Malaysian peninsular.
The south-west wind season from end May to beginning of October has occasional rain with long sunny periods. May and October is the transitional time when the weather is more unsettled.

The sea temperature is lovely 28 degrees warm year-round.

The climate is tropical with average temperatures of 30C (86F) Highs and 24C (75F) Lows

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What does Sanook mean?

Sanook is one of the oldest and most special words in the Thai Language. It literally means "To live life to the full, to be happy and light-hearted". Thai people will ask you the question "Sanook mai?" which means "Are you happy, did you have fun?".

Motor Yacht Sanook has this very special name as the main purpose of the yacht is to give it's guests good times, a lot of joy, fun and to allow them to forget the rest of the world and so become light-hearted.

We are sure when you return from your charter, and when asked "Sanook mai?", you will reply "Chai, sanook mak mak".