From the beautiful Gulf of Thailand in the east to the tranquil waters of the Andaman Sea to the west, Thailand serves up a veritable treasure trove of yachting destinations for well-heeled jetsetters seeking a tropical paradise getaway from the stresses of everyday life. Indeed, the Land of Smiles is punctuated with countless hotspot locales serving up azure oceans and postcard-perfect sandy white beaches. It’s no wonder, then, that this South East Asian nation has become one of the go-to destinations for the discerning yachting aficionado.
Indeed, for those with a bent for a Thai nautical adventure, several names automatically spring to mind – including the likes of Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi, to name but three. If, however, you’d like to venture slightly further off the beaten path, there’s no shortage of choice either. After all, Thailand is home to some 1,430 islands. A good starting point, though, is Koh Hong.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Phang Nga Bay in Krabi province, the Koh Hong archipelago comprises a string of four islands liberally dotted with exotic wildlife, verdant greenery and, of course, pristine beaches. The main island of Koh Hong – a key draw here – is largely uninhabited by humans. It does, however, boast a sundry collection of indigenous species including white-faced gibbons, monitor lizards and an array of birds. A study in contrasts, its white-sand beaches are juxtaposed with vertiginous cliffs, affording lucky visitors an amalgam of sights to explore.
While there are a number of ways to reach Koh Hong, among the most lavish ways to explore these pristine seas is aboard your own personal luxury yacht, such as the all-new Prestige 420. Measuring 42ft in length, the Prestige 420 serves as the perfect nautical base from which to explore the beauties of Koh Hong archipelago and its surrounds. The latest creation from French luxury yachtmaker Prestige, it represents the culmination of 30 years of ship-building savoir-faire, deftly blending beautiful form with high-performance function.
Painstaking care has been paid to the exteriors and interiors to ensure maximum comfort and ease-of-use. Outside, the jewel in its crown is undoubtedly the flybridge. Fully decked out with a sunpad mattress with adjustable headrests and L-shaped bench seating, it offers a perfect vantage point to take in the unfolding panoramas ahead. Heading indoors, sleek sophistication is evident in every corner, be it the sumptuously appointed master bedroom to the capacious wrap-around galley with its own dedicated cockpit bar – a deft touch allowing boat owners to live on board they explore the island’s sights.
A new benchmark of ocean-going luxury, the Prestige 420 debuted at the Thailand Yacht Show earlier this year. Speaking of the growing interest in Thai destinations like Koh Hong at the event, Olivier Besson, CEO of Asia Yachting – the representatives of Prestige yachts across Asia – said: “We are excited to be soon opening a new office in Phuket which will enable us to focus on sales growth opportunity in Southeast Asia, where we firmly believe in Thailand as the main hub for high-spending yacht tourism and for the international yachting industry in Asia. As a long-term yachting aficionado, I am deeply in love with the beautiful shores of Thailand and its islands for leisure boating.”
Asia Yachting is a leading boat dealership and yacht brokerage in Hong Kong and South East Asia, offering a full range of customised services dedicated to yachting enthusiasts – from sales of new and second-hand boats, to management, maintenance, crew support, berth arrangement and insurance & financing solutions. Founded in 2007, Asia Yachting represents world-class boating brands from across the world, which in addition to Prestige include Monte Carlo Yachts, Beneteau Swift Trawler, Fountaine Pajot, Nautique and Scarab.
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