Uniquely and elegantly designed by Ed Tuttle (the famous Amercian architect behind the exclusive Aman resorts), the 90ft wooden hulled Maha Bhetra yacht is a boutique hand-crafted charter vessel offering bespoke itineraries around Thailand’s southern islands, the Southern and Northern Andaman Sea, and even as far as Malaysian waters, India’s Andaman Islands, and Myanmar’s Mergui archipelago upon request.
Life On Board
Seamlessly combining ancient and modern worlds, Maha Bhetra’s chic social areas and contemporary neutral-toned interiors are accenting with authentic Southeast Asian antiques from the late 18th Century. The saloon boasts a bespoke designed louvered cabinet hiding sound systems and glassware, and her staterooms are adorned with tiger-patterned rugs.
The yacht’s accommodations stretch over two decks, her Main Deck housing three near-identical palatial double cabins which comfortably cater to up to 6 adults (plus 3 children if willing to share a bed with their parents), and her spacious, open-plan Upper Deck featuring an all-teak saloon and extensive lounger-laden exteriors, perfect for socializing whilst taking in unrestricted views of the region.
As anyone who’s ever chartered a luxury yacht will tell you, while it’s naturally important your yacht has all the amenities you need, the most important factor by far for an unforgettable experience is the crew. Maha Bhetra’s fun-loving crew of 5—including a Cruise Director—are highly personable, well-trained and well-seasoned, with over 20 years’ experience on board.
The on board chef, Kate, prides herself in creating an elegant onboard dining experience embracing the classics of Thai cuisine, all served in a beautiful relaxed atmosphere. All meals are included, as well as gourmet snacks, fruits, drinking water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and local beers to satiate your thirst for adventure.
Experience the ultimate sailing adventure with onboard and off-board activities specially arranged by the Cruise Director. Snorkel in some of the densest and most diverse marine habitats in the world with the snorkeling equipment provided, explore the region’s azure waters on the available kayaks or paddleboard, find your inner zen on top deck with some yoga, or simply watch the world go by on remote, pristine beaches. There is also a fishing rod for your use, and deck hand Witt jumps at any excuse to impart his experience and passion for big game fishing by taking guests fishing and teaching them to trawl a lure.
Should you wish to partake in different activities such as scuba diving, free-diving, jet skiing, wakeboarding, wildlife encountering, or trekking, you just need to let us know in advance and we’ll make it happen.
The yacht is based in paradisiacal Phuket, often cited amongst the world’s finest beach destinations with its fine white sand, nodding palm trees and lively towns. Blessed with more than 30 amazing beaches, Phuket has something to offer for all tastes and budgets. But it’s further afield after setting sail that the region’s riches really reveal themselves.
While there are few ports of call as such, the Thai waters are home to dozens of islands, most of them national parks with spectacular white-sand beaches and fantastic marine life, all vying to be explored. Maha Bhetra’s simple elegance, spacious cabins, and customizable itineraries make her the ideal vessel to do this, the perfect option for small families or groups of friends wishing to discover Thailand’s tropical treasures.
Itineraries & Prices
Embarkation - Mai Thon - Koh Racha Yai
After embarking the Maha Bhetra in Phuket, sail to Mai Thon and dive into its crystal clear waters. Discover a whole new world underneath; a thriving coral sanctuary that is home to 400 species of fish and spectacular marine life. Relax and bask in the glow of the glorious warm sun by the shore and feel the waves as they touch the soles of your feet. Look out into the horizon and if you are lucky, you might spot some dolphins frolicking in the sea.
Later explore Koh Racha Yai, famed for its beautiful beaches, visiting the two larger beaches of Patok Beach and Siam Bay and smaller ones Lha Bay, Ter Bay, and Kon Kare Bay, located on the eastern side of the island.
Optional dinner at The Racha Resort.
Koh Phi Phi - Monkey Beach - Maya Bay
Today explore famous Koh Phi Phi, a group of six stunning islands. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The larger and inhabited Phi Phi Don attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores while the smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches, including the world-renowned Maya Bay, which was the set where The Beach (with Leonardo Di Caprio) was filmed.
Marvel at Monkey Beach, a simply stunning150m-long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald water, located on the southwestern side of Tonsai Bay, about 700m from the jetty. The backside of the beach is a rather steep limestone cliff, covered with lush vegetation that offers monkeys a comfortable habitat, which is where it gets its name from.
Later, behold heaven-like Maya Bay's stunningly beautiful shores sheltered by 100-meter-high cliffs on three sides, and made famous as the set where The Beach with Leonardo Di Caprio was filmed. Inside the bay there are several beaches—the main one some 200 meters long, others smaller and only visible at low tide—all with silky soft white sand sloping into exceptionally clear waters that reveal a reef of colorful coral and exotic fish.
Dive Koh Bida Nok, the largest of Phi Phi's most southerly islets, and open to all levels of diver. Divers usually enter the water on its eastern side and steadily move south around the rock. It is home to a large variety of marine life and is especially renowned for its zebra sharks and stingrays lying on the sand.
Option dinner at Zeavola Resort.
James Bond Island - Disembarkation
Next stop, James Bond Island, a small rocky island located on the north side of the cove of Khao Phing Kan island, southwest of Ao Phang Nga National Park, named after its starring role as a setting in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
Nearby, explore Koh Hong Phang Nga, an island formed from collapsed cave systems open to the sky and surrounded by towering limestone walls. Accessible only by kayak through a cave, discover a hidden realm rich in unspoiled flora and fauna, right in the very heart of the island.
For your finale, choose between dinner party options at Koh Yao Yai or Six Senses Koh Yao Noi.
Embarkation - Surin
After embarkation we sail north to explore Koh Surin. The topside scenery of the island, with its evergreen forests, mangroves, and small beaches arguably surpasses that of the nearby Similan Islands. Underwater, the reefs of Surin have the greatest hard coral diversity in Thailand.
You are likely to see Napoleon wrasse, yellow-masked angelfish, bump head parrotfish, tomato anemonefish, and barramundi. as well as lots of turtles that still come ashore in this area to lay their eggs. Because of the remoteness, not many liveaboard boats visit these islands and you will be able to enjoy the dive sites without sharing it with tourist hordes.
Similan Islands - Koh Tachai
Sail to the northernmost tip of the Similan National Park and the island of Koh Tachai—one of the latest additions to the National park area together with the island of Koh Bon—where you will find beautiful white beaches and azure crystal clear waters all around it. The rich waters of the Andaman Sea here are renowned for their amazing scuba-diving and snorkeling experiences, with great opportunities to spot mighty Whale sharks and Manta rays, so much so that its extravagant marine life has led to its nomination by the National Geographic Society as one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world.
The Island itself is open for tourism from November through April.
Koh Bon - Donald Duck Bay
Delve into the underwater wonderland of Koh Bon where you are likely to see manta rays, Napoleon wrasse, sweetlips, octopus, bluefin trevally, giant moray eels, great barracudas, fire dart goby, popcorn shrimp, spiny lobster, and nudibranchs of many types. The dive sites here vary from wall diving to gently sloping reefs and from submerging boulders to coral gardens.
Next stop, Donald Duck Bay is a beautifully photogenic bay located at the northern end of Similan Island No. 8. It is complete with a pristine beach and unique rock formation that is relatively easy to climb. The dive site is named after a huge strange-shaped rock on the Western side of the bay that, not surprisingly, looks like the head of the cartoon character Donald Duck.
Princess & Honeymoon Bays - Disembarkation
Princess bay is a beautiful bay and beach (Haad Yai) on the north face of Similan Island number four (Koh Miang) perfect for a beach trip to give everyone a break from diving and their first taste of the super soft white sands that the islands are so famous for.
Honeymoon Bay is located on the eastern side of the island in front of a small beach, they call “Haad-Lek”. This site is not too deep and perfect for liveaboards mooring in the evening to have a night dive.
Embarkation - Mai Thon - Racha Yai
After embarlation, sail to Mai Thon, where the beauty of the underwater world is just 10 steps away from the shore! Dive into the crystal clear water and discover a whole new world underneath; a thriving coral sanctuary that is home to 400 species of fish and spectacular marine life.
Later, visit the remarkable Racha Islands, best known for being among the best diving and snorkeling destinations in Thailand. Located some 12 km south of Phuket, Racha Yai reveals itself in splendid fashion, with most arrivals landing onto a strip of fine white sand.
Option dinner at The Racha Resort.
Koh Phi Phi
Explore the paradise that is Phi Phi, a group of six islands situated half way between the the larger islands of Phuket and Ko Lanta. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, the larger and inhabited Phi Phi Don attracting hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores, while the smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches, including the world-famous Maya Bay, which was the set where The Beach (starring a young Leonardo Di Caprio) was filmed.
Option dinner at Zeavola.
Bida Nok - Koh Ma
Delve into the underwater delights at Bida Nok, a dive site that is accessible to all diving levels and provides great entertainment for all visitors. The underwater topography is diverse from sandy bottoms, slopping reefs, a great wall, small caves, large crevices, and a great selection of both hard and soft corals.
More aquatic adventure awaits at Koh Ma, another island in the border area of Krabi and Trang that is great for snorkeling. Shaped like a horse, Koh Ma has no sandy shoreline, but what it lacks in beaches it makes up for in bats! With the boat moored against the cliff, keep your eyes peeled for the fruit bats frolicking above.
Option dinner at Zeavola.
Phang Nga Bay - Koh Hong - Disembarkation
Visit 'James Bond Island', Phang Nga Bay and marvel at the teetering Koh Tapu, a tall islet whose peak towers 20 meters above sea level, and famous landmark for visitors worldwide since it was shown in the 1974 James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”.
Kayak the solitary cave entrance into Koh Hong (Room Island), a limestone island completely surrounded by cliff walls open to the sky so that it looks like a huge hall. There are many such Hong Islands in the Bay of Phang Nga waiting to be explored.
Optional farewell dinner at Koh Yao Yai or Six Senses Yao Noi.
Embarkation - Koh Lipe
After embarkation, sail to Koh Lipe, a small L-shaped island located in southern Thailand’s Satun Province near the Thailand/Malaysia border. It belongs to the Adang-Rawi Archipelago, situated on the outskirts of the Tarutao National Marine Park. Originally only inhabited by Sea Gypsies, the Chao Ley who gave the island its name – Koh Lipe means Paper Island in Chao Ley.
Pattaya Beach - Sunrise Beach
Visit Pattaya Beach, Koh Lipe's main beach. It is a large sheltered bay with soft powdery sand, crystal clear blue water, and good snorkeling right from the beach.
Snorkel the best snorkeling waters in Koh Lipe at Sunrise beach, also known as “Haad Chao Ley” due to the Chao Ley village being located there. In order to enjoy the best coral this beach has to offer, visitors are advised to swim far enough from the shore to reach the coral reef.
Tarutao - Adang-Rawi
Visit the Tarutao National Marine Park in southwest Thailand close to the Malaysian border. Tarutao Marine national park is the first marine National Park of Thailand, and known for its history and beautiful nature. Within this national park, there are two groups of islands: Tarutao and Adang-Rawi.
Koh Rawi, an area of about 29 sq km, with a beautiful beach, crystal clear sea, and serenity. It is the location of the Tarutao National Park Ranger Station To To 6 (Hat Sai Khao). There is no accommodation on the island, so visitors come here to enjoy swimming and diving around the coral reef.
Koh Adang is surrounded by pristine coral, which is thriving with underwater life.
Koh Kradan, one of the most beautiful islands in Trang, has amazing corals, reefs and beaches. The 2 km long Koh Kradan Beach, on the east of the island with its shallow water, coral and tropical fish is a popular site for snorkeling.
Koh Muk - Koh Ngai
Off the Thai mainland in Trang Province, the small, seldom-visited island paradise of Ko Muk awaits. The eastern side of the island is home to a charming traditional fishing village whose way of life has largely been untouched by tourism. On its western side, towering sea-cliffs hide the main attraction, Tham Morakot (Emerald Cave), a dazzling sea cave that can only be accessed by swimming 80 m through a small entrance cave. Inside you are greeted by your own secret hideaway complete with secluded beach.
Later, head to Hai Island (Ko Ngai) one of the most famous islands in Krabi Province, near Koh Lanta. The island has a long white beach surrounded by clear waters and magnificent corals perfect for snorkeling and diving.
Koh Haa Yai is the largest one. It has a small, sandy beach and a shallow bay. Koh Haa is a great place for snorkeling or to kayak between the islands. Koh Ha is a great spot to drop anchor for the night and also a beautiful spot for scuba diving, featuring lots of large fish, small marine life, and a variety of crabs and octopuses.
Phi Phi - Disembarkation
Explore the paradise that is Phi Phi, a group of six islands. One of the smaller uninhabited islands of Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches, including the world-famous Maya Bay, which was the filming location of The Beach (starring Leonardo Di Caprio).
Suites & Cabins
Maha Bhetra's three identical, elegant Staterooms are all located on the Main Deck, and feature wooden-blind windows, authentic décor, and not one but two European Double beds (140cm x 200cm).
Each has its own AC, en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and vanity, and a dressing area with chair and two built-in wardrobes for storage.