Thailand

Western Thailand has some of the most distinctive topography in the world. Phuket is popular but not yet spoilt and the west coast beaches near Surin or Patong are excellent. See the richly decorated temples and visit the markets for precious silks and stones. For a change of pace, stay for a few days in one of the Amanpuri hotels before returning to your yacht to move on down this exotic coast.

In early December, the King's Cup races bring yachts of every shape and size.

Head west to the  Similian islands, famed as a world class scuba diving location. Sharks, Moray eels, Manta rays - the fascinating fauna is all there.

Phangnga Bay is full of giant limestone rocks covered with tropical vegetation that tumbles into the bright green sea. At various times of the year kingfishers, humming-birds, turtles and crocodiles inhabit the rocks or shallows that often lead to sea tunnels and giant caves. Khao Ling Kun was where Dr No was filmed, the Ko Phi Phi islands have exquisite beaches (white sand, green sea, palm fringed) the village on Ko Pannyi is built entirely on stilts and Ko Yao Noi is famous for pearls. See one, see all, a yacht gives you that freedom to meander in this fantasy paradise.

Further south, on the Malaysia border, Palau Langkawi is one of a large group of islands,  many uninhabited, with cliffs surrounded by horseshoe beaches. Choose one for the day or venture ashore to the duty free marina. Drive up into the hills where there are wonderful hotels surrounded by dense jungle. This area boasts the finest scenery of the entire region.

Apart from the fabulous cuisine you will enjoy on the yacht, you must sample the local food often at its best in unpretentious small restaurants.

Singapore needs little introduction. The standard of everything is tip top - food, shopping, hotels, sights - it's the very best of east meets west. East of Singapore, drop in on Merlin Samuda, Pulau Rawa, Babi Besar or Sian Knoll. Superb anchorages all.

On Thailand's east coast, Ko Samui has spectacular waterfalls, beaches and diving.

Bankok is the most frantic city in the region with equal amounts of good and bad. On balance we'd say give it a miss and cruise to the Thai Riviera off Pattaya.

If you are thinking of chartering in this region, Mosaique is highly recommended. Launched to great acclaim in 2001, she was designed by Ed Dubois. Twelve guests sleep in great comfort and during th day there are several superb places to relax including a good sized sun deck with Jacuzz bar and large sunbed At 50 metres (164') Mosaique is large enough to provide outstanding comfort and the experienced captain and talented chef will ensure that this is a memorable cruise. Mosaique is available for charter from US$170,000 per week.