Website of sailing yacht Tokomaru2's circumnavigation of the world
Crew: Nick Thomas and Liz Vernon
(Date of information Dec 2005)
The situation is quite
complicated and liable to change hopefully to make it less so. For stays of a
month no visa is required. A yacht can stay in
Most yachts check in (and
out) at the "one stop shop" situated at the base of the main pier in
Ao Chalong bay Phuket. This is more convenient than going directly to one of
the 3 marinas as you would be directed to go back here (in a taxi). Here can be seen immigration, customs, port
authority and local council. Numerous forms need to be filled in plus
photocopies of various documents such as the data page of the skippers
passport. This can be conveniently done in the kiosk beside the port office.
Many yachts island hop from Langkawi. Strictly speaking this is not kosher and
one should check in at Satun first but this is up a shallow river for which
good charts are not easily available. As long as you don't stop on the mainland
no one seems to mind. As far as duty free from Langkawi is
concerned if it is declared and not brought ashore customs seem ok.
See list for
1, Ao Sone. This is a
2, Ao Talo Wao. This is on
the west east side but the anchorage is sheltered by small off lying islands.
Anchor in 6m north of the jetty. You can take the dinghy to the base of the
jetty where there are nice walks.
Spectacular anchorage but there is no beach. This anchorage is used by fishing boats and there are huts used by the guardians of the sea swift caves. The anchorage is quite deep at 10m either on the west or SE sides.
There are many fish traps marked by floats and flags all around this island.
Ko Rok Nok/Noi
This anchorage had the clearest water since the GBR.
The depths shelved very quickly from 40m to 10m by which time you are almost amongst the coral. It is best to pick up a mooring but some are too close to the shore. It is rolly even in the NE season.
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