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When you’re planning to charter a yacht there are many areas that tick the right boxes; the Greek Islands, Turkey, Croatia, the Caribbean. But few destinations can offer the diversity of cultures which are to be found in the countries of Southeast Asia.

The wealth of history and mystery to found in these beautiful and exotic locations, some of which have only become accessible to tourists relatively recently, can overwhelm the senses. It would certainly take more than one lifetime to discover all of its secrets.

Exploring the coastline by boat gives you the advantage of being able to access areas that are all but impossible to access by land. You will find fantastic deserted beaches, hidden temples and, if you snorkel or scuba dive, you can interact with the stunning variety of marine life to be found in these waters.

In Thailand the tropical climate is matched by the warmth of the smiles and the genuine welcome you will receive from the Thai people. With more than 3000km of coastline, sailing across the turquoise water you will discover awe inspiring rock formations, white sand beaches and some of the best diving areas in the world.

On the west coast, starting your charter at the tourist centre of Phuket, you have access to the coast and many islands of the Andaman Sea, including Ko Tapu which has become better known as James Bond Island after Roger Moore’s stand-off with Christopher Lee in The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed on the beach here.

Nearby is Koh Yang where you can anchor your yacht and take a ride in one of the long-tail boats to Sea Gypsy Island which is a village constructed entirely on stilts and rafts. Standing guard is a huge limestone monolith rising out of the sea behind it.

In the Gulf of Thailand the sailing takes you to diverse extremes from the wild party town of Pattaya, where you can really let your hair down, to the Koh Chang National Park which consists of around fifty islands. Here you can take jungle treks into the rain forests to find hidden waterfalls and where you’ll meet the local wildlife.

Indonesia, with over 18,000 islands, is the largest archipelago in the world. Many of the islands are uninhabited so dropping anchor in a secluded bay is a heavenly and peaceful experience.

You can sail through the Banda Sea or around the islands of Raja Ampat but the most popular location is the Komodo National Park. Here you will find deserted beaches, stunning lagoons and some of the most unique wildlife in the world including the famous Komodo Dragon.

Under the water the scenery is also spectacular with amazing marine life which makes for fabulous diving and snorkelling. If you prefer to stay above the water you can explore the coastline in a tender or kayak.

Burma, or Myanmar, has only been accessible to foreigners since the late 90s and there are some fabulous sailing areas here. The Mergui Archipelago is a group of mostly deserted islands in the Andaman Sea in the south of the country. Beautiful white palm-fringed beaches backed by dense jungle and with glassy turquoise water lapping at the shore.

If you’re lucky you might spot monitor lizards and gibbons at the edge of the trees while eagles soar overhead.

For those who like a bit of isolation you can go for days without meeting anyone other than an occasional fisherman in a dugout canoe. The local natives are known as sea gypsies and live a simple life. You can go ashore to their villages, see them making the dugout canoes and barter for some fish.

This is your opportunity to explore a world that very few people get to experience.

Cambodia is another recent sailing destination and is a country of deeply rooted religious significance. The coastline has pristine beaches and a little exploration will lead you to waterfalls and Buddhist shrines.

It is well worth taking an excursion inland to visit some of the finest temples in the world. Angkor Wat, covering an area of 400km2, is the largest temple in the world. Also, Ta Prohm temple, where the roots of the trees have wound themselves around the monument, has an eerie mysterious atmosphere which will stay in your memory for ever.

Chartering a yacht in Southeast Asia will leave you wanting to come back many times with each country seducing you with its own unique charms, history, customs and cuisine.

When you’re planning to charter a yacht there are many areas that tick the right boxes; the Greek Islands, Turkey, Croatia, the Caribbean. But few destinations can offer the diversity of cultures which are to be found in the countries of Southeast Asia.

The wealth of history and mystery to found in these beautiful and exotic locations, some of which have only become accessible to tourists relatively recently, can overwhelm the senses. It would certainly take more than one lifetime to discover all of its secrets.

Exploring the coastline by boat gives you the advantage of being able to access areas that are all but impossible to access by land. You will find fantastic deserted beaches, hidden temples and, if you snorkel or scuba dive, you can interact with the stunning variety of marine life to be found in these waters.

In Thailand the tropical climate is matched by the warmth of the smiles and the genuine welcome you will receive from the Thai people. With more than 3000km of coastline, sailing across the turquoise water you will discover awe inspiring rock formations, white sand beaches and some of the best diving areas in the world.

On the west coast, starting your charter at the tourist centre of Phuket, you have access to the coast and many islands of the Andaman Sea, including Ko Tapu which has become better known as James Bond Island after Roger Moore’s stand-off with Christopher Lee in The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed on the beach here.

Nearby is Koh Yang where you can anchor your yacht and take a ride in one of the long-tail boats to Sea Gypsy Island which is a village constructed entirely on stilts and rafts. Standing guard is a huge limestone monolith rising out of the sea behind it.

In the Gulf of Thailand the sailing takes you to diverse extremes from the wild party town of Pattaya, where you can really let your hair down, to the Koh Chang National Park which consists of around fifty islands. Here you can take jungle treks into the rain forests to find hidden waterfalls and where you’ll meet the local wildlife.

Indonesia, with over 18,000 islands, is the largest archipelago in the world. Many of the islands are uninhabited so dropping anchor in a secluded bay is a heavenly and peaceful experience.

You can sail through the Banda Sea or around the islands of Raja Ampat but the most popular location is the Komodo National Park. Here you will find deserted beaches, stunning lagoons and some of the most unique wildlife in the world including the famous Komodo Dragon.

Under the water the scenery is also spectacular with amazing marine life which makes for fabulous diving and snorkelling. If you prefer to stay above the water you can explore the coastline in a tender or kayak.

Burma, or Myanmar, has only been accessible to foreigners since the late 90s and there are some fabulous sailing areas here. The Mergui Archipelago is a group of mostly deserted islands in the Andaman Sea in the south of the country. Beautiful white palm-fringed beaches backed by dense jungle and with glassy turquoise water lapping at the shore.

If you’re lucky you might spot monitor lizards and gibbons at the edge of the trees while eagles soar overhead.

For those who like a bit of isolation you can go for days without meeting anyone other than an occasional fisherman in a dugout canoe. The local natives are known as sea gypsies and live a simple life. You can go ashore to their villages, see them making the dugout canoes and barter for some fish.

This is your opportunity to explore a world that very few people get to experience.

Cambodia is another recent sailing destination and is a country of deeply rooted religious significance. The coastline has pristine beaches and a little exploration will lead you to waterfalls and Buddhist shrines.

It is well worth taking an excursion inland to visit some of the finest temples in the world. Angkor Wat, covering an area of 400km2, is the largest temple in the world. Also, Ta Prohm temple, where the roots of the trees have wound themselves around the monument, has an eerie mysterious atmosphere which will stay in your memory for ever.

Chartering a yacht in Southeast Asia will leave you wanting to come back many times with each country seducing you with its own unique charms, history, customs and cuisine.

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FitCruisingSo you’ve taken the plunge and decided to spend a year cruising the Mediterranean. You imagine yourself lying around in your bikini, living on all that healthy seafood and olives, without picking up an ounce of fat – you could always climb all those steps in Santorini to keep fit right?

Wrong. It is easy to have plans and ideas for staying fit, but once on the water and away from your regular fitness routine, it’s easy to let the cruising lifestyle take over, and fitness falls along the wayside. The first and foremost when setting out for a long term cruise, is to know what keeps you motivated. If yoga is not your thing, for example, don’t pack all those yoga books because you will never open them.

Exercise, Anytime...Anywhere

The easiest way of staying fit on a cruise is walking when docked. Everywhere. When you arrive at shore, don’t catch the first taxi to the local market. Find out where it is, and walk. Need to stock up and worried about having to lug too many grocery bags around? Go again tomorrow and split the load. This is one of the easiest and most simple ways to keep in shape. Of course if the terrain of the destination allows, by all means go for a run whenever possible to get that heart rate up.

Swim Your Heart Out

Another excellent form of exercise always available on a yacht is of course swimming. Swimming offers an excellent cardio workout, while the resistance of the water works those muscles even harder. Take along a snorkel and explore the local marine life – of course only if weather conditions permit!

Go For A Paddle

Kayaking also offers great upper body strength training and is a great way to explore the local shoreline. Do this as often as you can to keep your upper body in tip top shape.

Zen Out On Board

Although the inside of a catamaran is generally small with very limited space, activities such as Pilates and Yoga don’t require a lot of room – just a small space for a mat. Practice some core exercises here such as roll ups and “hundreds”, and bring along a couple of different bands for resistance training as well as a Pilates hedgehog, which can be used for balance training – brilliant core workout.

Step It Up

Another good workout spot in your boat is the steps leading up to the deck. Make a point of doing a set of step workouts once a day to keep your leg strength up. Step exercises are great for your hamstrings and glutes. You are also likely to find plenty of steps on land to supplement this when you are not at sea.

Everybody Jump

Finally, every catamaran has the most perfect place for exercise – think space, comfort and slight balance training – yes, the trampoline. While in stable waters or at port make use of this space for any of your usual exercises. You may get some funny looks from the shore but at least you know you are staying strong and healthy – and best of all, should the boat suddenly rock, you will have a soft landing (even if a somewhat embarrassing one!)

Really there is no excuse for not doing your utmost to maintain your fitness leaves while on the water. While general boat work does give certain muscles a workout, you need to keep engaging with every part of your body to stay strong and healthy. Make exercise a part of your daily routine so that when your year is up and you head back to your regular life (if you can!), you are happy in yourself and ready for the next challenge.

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