Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the way air travel in Asia is growing so fast, getting to the islands of the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay has never been easier. Especially from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, and also from Singapore. These are, of course, the two most advanced countries in Southeast Asia today and while perhaps not quite as exciting and alluring for the traveller as neighboring Thailand, they are nevertheless ideal gateways to the region with truly modern, world-class airports.
Emerald Isles - While most people know of Phuket, the Malaysian island of Langkawi (only 120 miles south of Phuket) is a very convenient but often overlooked, gateway to Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea. Langkawi today is an established 5-star resort and yachting destination, surrounded by stunning beaches and a backdrop of lush rainforest-covered mountains.
Marine Gateway - A short sail from Langkawi brings you to the beautiful Tarutao Marine National Park, and from here you can hop northwards among the hundreds of islands of Phuket and Phang-Nga Bay, Similan, Surin and the Mergui Archipelago. Though not nearly as well-known as Phuket, Langkawi has long since attracted yachts from around the world, and there are now 3 marinas serving the many yachts based here:
Getting there - Today there are over 10 flights per day from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi with several airlines to choose from:
For more information go to : Raja Laut - Yacht Charters in Southeast Asia