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Family Sailing Thailand

Trip type: 
Family - Sailing
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
8
Avg user rating: 
5
Asia, Thailand | 11 days
Trip code: 
TTSFS
New
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
What's included: 

Transport - Yacht

Accommodation - Hotel (1nts) Yacht (6nts)

Meals - 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Sailing between paradise Islands
Snorkeling in warm clear waters
Swimming amongst incredible rock formations
Beach fun
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Thailand is a great family destination with golden beaches and a lively, happy vibe. Jump on-board our new family sailing adventure for a different perspective, explore hidden coves and snorkel and swim off the back of the boat.

Tim, Family Adventures Brand Manager

Helen Gale
10th Aug 2014
I rate this trip
5
Fantastic family sailing

Meeting Mike Forbes, Dodo and Mem, the fantastic crew who were, extremely hard working, resourceful and flexible. They told us something of their lives and we felt we learnt a lot from them - not just about sailing, conservation and marine life, but also about skills needed in life- eg problem solving and making choices

Sailing a beautiful 52 ft Catamaran

Snorkelling amongst the coral and tropical marine life, away from the crowds in utterly beautiful surroundings

The joys of paddleboarding and kayaking

The excellent caves and spectacular viewpoint over the Ang Thong Marine Park

The fabulous food on board  and in the local restaurants, including the baraccuda, caught for us by the skipper and barbecued on the boat.

The evocative sights and sounds of old Bangkok

The moments of utter happiness we saw in our children

We had complete confidence in Mike Forbes, our skipper. He was incredibly hard working, paid great attention to detail and had the respect not only of our family but also of the crew. It was a very happy, well-run boat. The crew were attentive to our safety and enjoyment, and were happy to teach us anything we wanted to know. We felt we were in the hands of an expert and a role model for our children.

Our guide in Bangkok was Gof, who we also enjoyed meeting . She was friendly, adaptable, knowledgeable, and was helpful in arranging a boat tour rather than a walking trip for our jet-lagged kids.

This trip was perfect for our age children (10 and 12) and I think it would suit teens very well. It is advertised for aged 5 and up, but unless the child was very experienced with sailing in large sailing boats I’d’ve been very nervous of taking a 5 year old. The layout of the boat (Simile) and the hazards on deck were more suited to older children. EG - cabins for parents and children were on opposite sides of the boat. If children became nervous or unwell in the night, parents wouldn't know unless the child left their cabin to come and find parents, which could be hazardous in the dark. Some of the cabins can be accessed only by hatches which are on the convex surface of the front deck. Not something you'd want a young child to do on their own in windy conditions or in the dark. The deck has inevitable trip hazards and it would be easy for a young child to injure themselves, or even to fall into the sea, particularly in high winds. The sea is the play space in this trip, and unless the child is confident in water they could find the boat confining. You'd need to be reasonably active to make the most of this holiday. It involves lots of water activities, and trips involving scrambling over rocks, and 640ft of steep climbing. I was surprised it was described as 'gentle' in the activity notes. The advert for this trip stated that this would be on a monohull boat - fortunately we hadn't read this properly or we wouldn't've booked! It turned out to be on a much more stable and suitable catamaran, which is important for family sailing. The tours around Bangkok on day 2 were lengthy for jet-lagged children.. The morning was excellent We were glad our guide agreed to arrange a long tail boat tour for us in the afternoon rather than walking. The tour could've ended at this point, going on into china town afterwards was tiring. We'd've paid for an extra night at the Viengtai hotel in Bangkok if it meant we could get into our room to sleep as soon as we arrived in Bangkok. The waiting around from 8.30 to 11 in the morning was uncomfortable as the staff (understandably) didn't want us all snoozing in their lobby! We were very glad we'd asked to have accommodation in Bangkok rather than Koh Samui on the last day - The Oakwood Residence Towers was excellent.
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