Our Thailand anchorages
Here is a list of our anchorages and our comments about each. We hope they are useful.
* our favourites
Koh Lipe N
Koh Phi Phi
Ao Loh Moo Dee
Sand, open anchorage but verycalm when we were there. Little protection
from weather and has potential
to be rolly.
Didn't go ashore. Pleasant looking sandy
beach with small resorts.
small islands off Koh Butang near light. Picked up one of a few moorings there,
but crusty with growth. Chipped paint
Quite strong current pushed us
onto buoy but fantastic snorkelling. Water very clear.
close to reef. Very clear water, excellent
snorkelling. In front of ranger station
uninhabited when we were there. Ranger present in NE monsoon we understand
Mud, stunning 377ft limestone ridge, anchored on E side.
Very calm. Also used by local
.fishermen. Easily circumnavigated in dinghy.
sandy beaches on E side. Rocky on W with bird nester huts visible
Quite uncomfortable on W side
sw corner of island, near plantation and gardens. shallower toward sand spit and resort.
Island badly devastated by 2004 tsunami. Large jetty on N side of island for commuting to mainland.
good to walk in village. can get Thai sim cards from village.
south west and North east
very busy anchorage and not many places to anchor. Can leave dinghy at jetty at head of bay for land exploration...too many tourists and
1.2nm from Ton Sai Bay (main bay) and a bit quieter, especially in the evening
snorkelling not as good here as Koh Butang but not bad, be careful of fast longtails though
Don't know what all the fuss is about.
v shallow bay. Moorings put down early Dec.2012 beginning to fail in 2 weeks has made anchoring there tricky. Moorings for rent from PCYC or ACYC. tide an issue for dinghying to
beach at either of these venues. Can take dinghy to pier/”marina” and tie up there. Check in/out facilities at top of wharf. Customs Immigration and Harbour Master. Very convenient. Can be very uncomfortable in NE monsoon when a breeze gets up.
not very sheltered for us. Wind blowing straight into the bay. Busy with tour boats on beach and anchorage full of tour boats, snorkellers and revellers.
calm and isolated. No tour boats, local huts on white beach. Very peaceful and sheltered late in the afternoon
very pretty beach. Busy with tour boats from 2-4pm on way back form Phang na Bay tours. Then isolated. Couple of beach bars serve cocktails when busy.
Outside Yacht Haven Marina, on shallow flats. Seems to be good holding. Friendly staff at marina welcomed us – gave us keypass for jetty. Good local restaurants nearby within walking distance. But rather isolated.
anchoring near any beach on the western side of island is quite safe. Quiet pretty beach near southern tip. Shelter form storm.
south west and North east
*Koh Naka Yai
Koh Yao Yai
Krabi Boat Lagoon
Very beautiful and calm. Stunning scenery close to Ao Nang, Railay and Krabi. Good place to wait for tide to get to Krabi Boat Lagoon ( only a few miles away)
Tidal channel but very sheltered and plenty of water once through. Waypoints given by marina staff when organising. Very new and clean facility haul out to 50 tonnes. Nice marina a long way from anywhere though. Hire cars and motorbikes available from marina. Small shop and cafe there. Good local market about 7km away on highway.
slight swell in NE season but big in SW season. Hard to get ashore in dinghy because of surf. best landing spot far SW corner. Prepare to get wet. Dinghy seemed to be safe on the beach but this was during Kings Cup week.
A good alternative when Chalong gets very choppy in NE season.
Beach bars good. food at beach restaurants good. Bike hire from road but no shopping facilities nearby. Only resorts
Anchored off a little sandy beach. Near to inlet which is good for dinghying –
fish farms up there. Lovely in creek
mangrove territory. Kingfishers and other birds.
west side of island. Impressive – better late in pm after tour boats bringing lots of tourists for canoeing in
hong have gone home. Dark tunnel to get in. Use torch at mid-tide to paddle in. Stunning scenery.
v quiet after all tour boats have gone. Sheltered between islands. Hong IMPRESSIVE. Good kayaking or dinghying. Water not very clear for swimming. strong current
Muslim stilt village. Anchor in river nearby. Extremely busy at lunchtime. thousands visit for lunch. but lovely for late afternoon stroll to meet locals. Souvenir vendors shut up when restaurants close
Cave paintings on cave wall upstream, possible neanderthal. Lovely here at top of the bay.Caves and creeks to explore.
Furthest north for us
very pretty opposite beach. Little hong can be accessed from N beach – dinghy in at half tide.
Calm and sheltered in NE season.
very pretty, busy with tourists, evidence of tsunami. nice forest walk. Water clear here.
south west and North east
E Chalong Panwa
Koh Yao Yai (West)
Koh Hong (Phang Na)
Koh Hong (Krabi)
Nai Harn Bay
stunning cliffs . 3 little Beaches – jungle walks – heard wild gibbons
resorts on beach.
large wide open bay – good holding. snorkelling
very calm but busy with tour boats. Floating jetty during peak times. Very clear water – diving and snorkelling
anywhere along coast of Lanta Ok for anchoring. We didn't go in. looked like resort/restaurant ashore – more rustic look.
west side of island.very rolly – possibly backwash off wall. Won't do that again!!