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Koh Samui Update

By Bec of SV Infinity V — last modified May 22, 2013 11:50 AM

Published: 2013-05-21 23:00:00
Countries: Thailand

Anchoring on Samui

There still is no marina in Koh Samui suitable for visiting yachts.

Anchoring options depending on season are as per the SE Asia Cruising Guide.

Our preferred anchorage during the southwest season was off Chaweng Noi, near the Imperial Resort.

John from Tradewinds Resort further north near Chaweng central is a keen sailor and very helpful in regards to water and information.  However the noise factor from nearby beach bars detracts from this location.  Holding is good along this coast in sand, around 6m.

An alternative that we tried is at Bo Phut on the north of the island, which has a more boutique feel but is quite shallow and poor holding. We dragged whilst here in a strong wind.  We did not anchor elsewhere on Samui.

Other Anchorages

There are many options at Koh Phangan home of the Full Moon Party, but be warned noise is incredibly loud when anchored in the party bay, therefore the best solution is to go and join the festivities and get back to the boat at 10am when the noise subsides.  We did and had a great time, paying for it the next day in terms of headache!  You can easily spend a few days sailing round the island and again consult the guide.

Ang Thong National Park is a beautiful location offering protected anchorages but minimal faculties and a small fee for landing.

Further north is Koh Tao, which is very dive centric but now has schools teaching freediving, a very useful skill for freeing anchors and within one day you will be at 20m on a breath, not kidding.

Formalities

Check in/out at Customs, Harbour Master and Immigration is relatively straightforward, the first two located near the jetty at Ao Nathon, Samui and the latter more in the town itself on the main road. Our experience only involved one non receipted “fee” of 200BT each at Immigration check in, but was demanded with a smile so apparently that’s all that counts.  All are easy to find using the tourist map and by going to the jetty.

One thing of note at Customs is be very aware of the date you are given for your boat, as depending on staff you may get 60 days being the legislated initial period, see separate report for more on Thai Customs.  Also boat value may need to be discussed as staff are out of touch with these figures potentially over valuing vessels which may cause complications down the track.

Supplies and Services

There are a few boat supply shops on the island but very limited to motor boat accessories.

Fuel can be purchased at Petcharat Pier, near Bo Phut by arrangement, and is reasonably priced - but using the pier is recommended at high tide only.  They also charge a 500BT tie up fee and fuel is delivered by drum and pumped aboard.

Supermarkets are very good and exceptionally well stocked along with other retail in shopping centres.

Laundry and scooter hire is plentiful at both Bo Phut and Chaweng, restaurants are prolific and cater for all budgets and tastes.

We did a great cooking course at the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts, which sounds very formal but was a highlight of our time there and in fact we went back....twice....and got certificates to prove it.

Bec
SY Infinity V

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