When you plan for nothing and receive everything…
The illusion of sailing around a beautiful Island such as Thailand was something in the past we could only have imagined. With no prior expectations or knowledge of life on a yacht or of the gorgeous Thailand itself. Mee & Mi boarded the yacht “Mango” from the golden shores of Phuket, Thailand. Alongside 10 unfamiliar faces from across the globe, it was within moments that friendly connections were made and we all knew we were in for a week full of adventures. A week known as… The Yacht Week.
The Yacht Week brings together people from all over the world to experience a sailing adventure unlike any other. 16 yachts set sail together through the islands of Thailand with numerous stops to observe iconic landmarks, islands and beaches that Thailand has to offer. Hidden treasures that can only be seen by the knowledgeable and accessed by a yacht.
Greeted by our chef and skipper with large warm smiles the yacht was fully prepared with everything needed for the week ahead and boy what a week it was! Our days would start at 7am to the smell of our chef O’s cooking. O was a Thai chef who soon became our friend and a local knowledge. O certainly brought the traditional Thai cuisine on board the yacht and gave us the opportunity to experience a true sense of real Thai culture and cuisine through his cooking. His aromatic Thai spices and chilli dishes were not for the faint hearted, but when in “Rome” or shall we say “Thailand”.
Our first days were spent sailing across the gorgeous blue Andaman Sea. Exploring new locations that The Yacht Week had planned. Our skipper Marcus navigated our boat as we relaxed along the deck, sun baking and admiring the beautiful view whilst sharing stories with our newly made friends. One of the first places we visited was the island Koh Kai, also named Chicken Island as the rock formation looks like the head of a chicken. At low tide a thin channel of sand forms joining the two islands together and making it easy to walk across. We spent the day swinging on the tree swings as well as snorkelling around the beautiful coral reefs. Chicken Island is definitely a must see.
Each day we would arrive at a new spot and there was always new sites to see and activities to be done. It was day three that we arrived at Pangea beach. We enjoyed a relaxing Thai massage as we watched the sun set. It was what came next that we will never forget. As all 16 yachts moored and all of our fellow Yacht Week companions gathered at Pangea Beach Bar in the dark of the night, we were given Lanterns to wish upon. It was after the wish that we sent the lanterns high into the sky. As we started to light our lantern together we shared a smile as we reflected on the year we were leaving behind us. We made our wish and set the lantern free to fly into the world of dreams. The site of hundreds of lanterns being set free was truly a memory that will live on in our minds forever.
Next came the Emerald Caves found in Koh Muk. This was an experience unlike any other. When our skipper told us we would be swimming through an 80 metre cave in pitch black, the heart rate increased and panic mode started to kick in. Nevena in particular is petrified of deep water and the fear of not knowing what is underneath, however we took on the challenge. With our snorkel gear and flippers on hand we dived and swam to the entrance of the cave. Pods of fish perhaps even millions, were at the entrance of the cave. We spent time admiring the life underwater and then navigated our way through the dark cave. Emerging on the other side to the most beautiful secluded beach surrounded by a limestone cave and a thick tropical Jungle. Put simply… it was paradise. An area that seemed so untouched, yet available to us in its natural state. To say we were completely blown away by this place would be an understatement. This is one place you most certainly have to experience for yourself.
The week bloomed with new tropical locations daily as did our bond with our new friends. We spent a day swimming and exploring Maya Bay also referred to as the famous Island from “The Beach”. Unfortunately Leo was nowhere to be seen but the crystal clear waters of Maya Bay most certainly made up for it!
As day turned into night the adventure would continue. We dined in some of the yummiest restaurants and enjoyed an abundance of fresh seafood cooked to Thai perfection. After dinner we would escape and embark on the vibrant and wild nightlife of Thailand. Our favourite party was the White Party on Phi Phi Island held by The Yacht Week crew. All of The Yacht Week patrons dressed in white entered the cliff top bar overlooking Phi Phi to an amazing cotton candy sunset. We had our faces painted in white glow in the dark paint as we danced the night away to the sweet tunes of the official TYW DJs. Each night on board The Yacht Week offered a different party organised for The Yacht Week patrons. Some nights we partied other nights we went to bed early, this is the beauty of The Yacht Week. Whether you prefer to be up early in the morning, or up all night The Yacht Week has you covered with an extensive amount of activities catered to your liking.
‘Nothing like the real world’ is how The Yacht Week describes their week and we couldn’t agree more. Our experience in being part of The Yacht Week was beyond spectacular and we would recommend it to anyone seeking more than just your average holiday. From seeing and experiencing places that are unreachable via land, to making friends from all over the globe. These memories will last a lifetime and we have The Yacht Week to thank for such a one of a kind experience. As we bid farewell to our Yacht Week Crew, we relish in the idea of another Yacht Week voyage with our crew, this time possibly on a European Route. Au Revoir friends but not for long, this little adventure is To Be Continued…..
– Mee & Mi X