One of the most captivating destinations in the world, southeast Asia is an exotic array of glittering, mysterious landscapes: Vibrant coastlines and breathtaking sites of ancient beauty are woven through with radiant mysticism and a Buddhist tranquility. Thick with dazzling, secluded islands only reachable by the sea, this is the ultimate yachting haven.
Genial inhabitants abound in every country within this glorious and mostly unspoiled region, and are one of the many treasures of the area: Thailand is known as the land of smiles, while the equally enigmatic Vietnam is bursting with life.
Cambodia is a patchwork of powerfully vibrant coastlines, while Malaysia, the deep heart of southeast Asia is a radiant fusion of Chinese, Indian and native cultures. Indonesia’s highlight is undoubtedly it’s spectacular diving and world-class surfing. Every area within this region is replete with a sumptuous feral beauty that is simultaneously breathtaking and heartrending.
Home to the premier Asian destination of Phuket, Thailand is an amazing patchwork of culture and adventure. Exclusive spas, top restaurants and championship golf courses mingle with translucent waters thriving with diverse marine life perfect for diving aficionados of all levels.
The beauty of the landscape is unforgettable: mangrove forests line deep jade lagoons and bare feet sink deep into powdery sand of the richest ivory. Bangkok is the culture-rich capital city, pulsing with life and luxurious opportunity. The country of Thailand is an electrifying meeting of tropical beaches and elegant sophistication.
The Andaman Islands
Floating in splendid isolation in the middle of the Bay of Bengal are the Andaman Islands. Administered by India, these 300 or so islands are the highest peaks of a submerged mountain range that stretches from Sumatra in the south to the Irawaddy delta in the north. The Andaman Islands have everything you could desire from an adventurous eco-tourism charter destination. There are literally hundreds of deserted islands to explore, each one seemingly more spectacular than the last. The beaches are magnificently pristine. The snorkeling and scuba diving are superb with an almost untouched marine ecosystem. There is a live volcano, thousands of square miles of untouched jungle, exotic and thriving wildlife and primitive hunter-gatherer tribes. The fishing (catch & release) is amongst the best in the world. The Andamans is also starting to develop a superb reputation as a frontier surfing destination where the reef breaks have never been surfed before.
Regarded as the latest Asian dragon to rouse itself, Vietnam is a vivid country that is much more than just a compelling historical backdrop. Seemingly blessed by nature, Vietnam is home to the imposing peaks of the Hoang Lien Mountains and alluring golden beaches, joined together by a verdant patchwork of lush rice paddies.
Packed with bustling villages that resonate with the growl of motorbikes and the sharp cries of street-vendors, Thailand is a seductive mix of cutting-edge Asia and remnants of the medieval. This is an exotic and enriching bastion of poignant beauty.
Cambodia is a land steeped in ancient myth and luxuriating in one of the world’s most exquisite landscapes. From the luminous Mekong River to the majestic mountain peaks where the Lost French City is nestled, this is a land of lush flora and stunning fauna.
Cambodia offers a wealth of opportunities: jungle expeditions to discover the deepest heart of the jungle, a river cruise of the ‘floating’ villages endemic to the area, an off-road journey to find the Javan rhinoceros or Indochinese tiger or a sojourn to witness the eight wonder of the world, Angkor Wot Temple. The gorgeous patchwork that is the country of Cambodia will thrill and astound you, as it rejuvenates your spirit and body.
Widely renowned as the jewel in southeast Asia’s crown, Malaysia is simply paradise: alabaster beaches, crystalline coastal waters and luxuriant scenery beneath a radiant sun. Home to chic Kuala Lumpur, this bustling epicentre offers every possible city-dwelling amenity and at a level of service unsurpassed in the East or West.
Just off Malaysia’s stunning west coast lays the Langkawi archipelago, a sumptuous bastion of diverse marine life and limestone caves. Black tip sharks, giant turtles and clown fish nose the shipwrecks and nestle among the bounteous coral reefs. Malaysia is a collision of towering skyscrapers and ancient temples: a civilization of intense diversity and welcoming inhabitants.
Indonesia can best be described as a sun-worshipper’s haven; attracting youthful surfers and luxury-lovers alike with its alluring blend of glowing beaches, tropical rainforest and addictive culture. With countless islands to explore, adventure-filled capitals and some of the world’s most enviable dive sites, Indonesia is a blessed destination on any Asian yachting voyage.