Before You Travel | How to Get There | Boarding Time/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, it will tell you what to expect to make your vacation smooth and care free. 

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

It is important that you refer to our main COVID-19 page for Thailand to see detailed guidelines and information sources before you go on vacation.

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Before You Travel

Moorings Thailand
Ao Po Grand marina 
113/1 Moo 6 
Tambon Paklok, Amphur Thalang
Phuket 83110, Thailand

Base Hours 
8:00am to 5:00pm - 7 days a week.

Time Zone
GMT + 7 hours.

Tourist Information Centers 
TAT Tourist Information Centers in Thailand
Address: 1600 New Phetburi Road, Makkasan, Rajatevee, Bangkok 10310. 
Tel: +66 2250 5500 - Fax : +66 2250 5511 (2 automatic lines) 
Email Address: [email protected]
Open Monday to Friday 8:30 - 16:30 hrs. / closed weekends & public holidays.

General Information
Area: 319,385 sq. mi.
Population: 65,905,410
Capital City: Bangkok 
Official Languages: Thai is the main language. English is widely spoken in all major tourist locations. However, if you are traveling around Thailand, it's a good idea to buy a phrase book. Other languages spoken in Thailand are Chinese, Lao, Malay and Mon-Khmer, while English use is becoming more prevalent in government and commerce.
Ethnic groups: Approximately 75% of the citizens are ethnic Thais, 14% are Chinese, and the remaining 11% are mostly Indian, Malay, Karen, Khmer, or Mon. 
Religion: Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim, Christian
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy
Industries: tourism, textiles and garments, agricultural processing, beverages, tobacco, cement, light manufacturing such as jewelry and electric appliances, computers and parts, integrated circuits, furniture, plastics, automobiles and automotive parts; world's second-largest tungsten producer and third-largest tin producer
Tipping: Among Thais, tipping is not practiced except perhaps leaving the loose change from a restaurant bill or rounding the taxi fare up to an even number. There's no reason for you to change tipping practices or to feel odd about it. In hotels, restaurants and bars frequented by tourists, tipping is more common and even expected by some. This is particularly true of "high class" venues.
If you elect to go along with this, there's no reason to be extravagant about it. Depending on the service, 0-40 baht should be fine. It is not necessary to give a tip in an establishment that has a service charge, as that's supposed to be the tip. A minority of Thais who deal with foreigners not only expect a tip, but hint or even ask for one -- this is not Thai style and, in fact, is considered rude. The best thing to do in this situation is to smile and ignore it. 
Currency: Baht (THB) (100 satangs makes 1 baht).
Electricity:  Electricity in Thailand is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Thailand with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. 
Time: GMT + 7 hours. Seven hours ahead of London.

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How to Get There

Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is Thailand's principal airport, which is situated 20 miles outside of the city center. The majority of flights entering or departing Thailand do so from Bangkok, which receives and sends flights to major airports all around the world. Thai Airways provides flights from Bangkok to Phuket.

Phuket Airport (usually via Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport).

Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 866.649.2003 before you book your flights.

From  Phuket Airport (30-35 minutes) - On arrival, look for your driver holding a sign with 'The Moorings' displayed on it. Approximate cost: 800 Baht each way for up to 4 passengers, 950 Baht each way for up to 6 passengers,1100 Baht each way for up to 8 passengers.

Car Rental
There are three reputable car rental companies in Phuket and although driving there is easy, there are guidelines to follow to stay safe – they are as follows: 
In Thailand driving is on the left side of the road. 
A valid International license or Thai Driving license is essential. 
Seat belt wearing and drinking and driving laws apply, and are enforced. 
Full Comprehensive Insurance is a must. Beware of street side vendors with signs saying 'With Insurance' - usually the level of insurance is very basic and would not cover the car, or passengers - just third-party injuries or damage.

Car: 500 Baht Maximum 4 pax
Minibus: 900 Baht Maximum 8 pax
Airport taxis max 4 pax with luggage. No reservation is necessary. Taxis are always available at the Airport however many drivers do not know where the Moorings office is in the Ao Po marina and clients may be dropped off at the wrong place, sometimes even the wrong marina. It's highly recommended to organize transfers through The Moorings for this reason.

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Boarding Time/Check Out

Boarding Time Procedures
Charter Boarding Time: Charters start at 4 PM.
Briefing Times: You will receive an individual yacht and chart briefing. This will take up to 2 hours so you need to allow plenty of time. You will not be permitted to leave without adequate briefing. You may not depart the dock after 5pm.

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

Late Arrivals 
If you are arriving after 5:00pm and have requested a transfer, you will be met by a member of staff and be shown to your yacht. If we have no arrival details and we have not heard from you by 5:00pm, we will put a sign on the door stating your yacht name, location and the Base Managers contact number. The yacht will be lit up and have an information sheet on what is available at the base; toilets, showers, restaurants, etc.

Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: All charters end at 9:00 am at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time.

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What's on Board

Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your vacation. Additional items are available to be purchased and delivered directly to your yacht. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Mobile Phones
There is mobile phone coverage in most of the cruising area. Make sure your network operator knows you want to use your phone abroad. You can bring your own 12 volt cigarette lighter type charger to charge your mobile phones on board or alternatively 220 volt generators are fitted on board all yachts however you may need an international adaptor. Local SIM cards are readily available and are a much cheaper option for making local and international calls. If your mobile phone does not work on a SIM card i.e. American phones it will NOT work in Thailand.  Phones are available locally to rent.

While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the marina. 
For Internet access on your charter, hotspots are available for rent from the base. Please contact a Vacation Planner for additional information. 

Electricity in Thailand is 220V, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Thailand with a device that does not accept 220V at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel.

A valid passport for each passenger and a crew list are compulsory for clearance.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry into Thailand.
U.S. citizen tourists entering Thailand for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa. Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Cruising Licenses
There are currently no Cruising Permits required for cruising in this area of Thailand.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-colored, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

Travel Notice
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised of an update to the local laws and customs in Thailand. You can’t bring vaporizers, eg, e-cigarettes and e-baraku, and refills into Thailand. These items are likely to be confiscated, and you could be fined or sent to prison if convicted. The sale or supply of e-cigarettes and similar devices is also banned and you could face a heavy fine or imprisonment if found guilty.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit  www.caat.or.th/en/archives/27871

Baht (THB) (100 satangs makes 1 baht).

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Please see our Base Notes for additional information.

There is no departure tax payable.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunization Information
Thailand is generally risk-free of contagious disease. For up-to-date authoritative advice on health protection and vaccinations, we recommend that clients consult their family doctor. At time of publication, an International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory. Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review our Travel Advice InformationCurrent travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov

Swim Safe

Swimming is often a fun and important part of a vacation. However local rules, flag systems, currents and where swimming may be permitted, can be different and vary from country to country. Snorkel vests, Life Jackets and Diver Down flags are all available on board.


  • Talk to children about water safety at the start of a vacation, making them aware of the potential dangers.
  • Accidents can happen at any time on vacation, but often they happen on the first and last day, so keep watch and do not get distracted when your children are playing by, or in the water.
  • Children in or near water should always be supervised by an adult and never left unattended. Keep an eye on them and do not get distracted in and around the water. 
  • Get in the water with them, it is easier to keep an eye on them as well as good fun. Armbands can be a good training swimming aid for children but are not a substitute for supervision.

Be aware of your surroundings

  • Always comply with warning signs, especially red flags, and only swim from approved beaches.
  • Beware of dangerous currents, these can be very powerful. Not all beaches have lifeguards and/or warning flags.
  • Take particular care when swimming off coastal areas, especially during monsoon season.
  • Beware of underwater hazards, such as reefs, rocks, sudden changes in depth and marine life. Jellyfish can swim close to the shore in Thailand, particularly during the rainy season. Their sting can be fatal. If in doubt take local advice from base management and dive centres.
  • Never swim where a sign says not to e.g. in zoned areas for jet boats or jet skis.
  • Never swim at night or after drinking alcohol.

Look out for others

  • Never swim alone, ‘buddy up’ with others in your party.
  • Know how and where to get help. If you see someone in difficulty; raise the alarm, preferably the emergency services. Ensure you know the correct number for the country you are in.

Do not overestimate your ability

  • Consider swimming lessons before you go if you think it would be useful to learn proper swimming technique.
  • Even if you regularly swim in a pool, remember that open water swimming can be very different


All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets, harnesses, snorkel vests & diver down flags. You can see all this equipment demonstrated in our online safety briefing, and we strongly recommend that you make use this equipment during your vacation. This safety equipment will be displayed in the saloon of your boat on boarding - If you have any questions feel free to ask our base staff during your briefing. 

We have a very limited supply of children's life jackets on base so highly recommend that if you are travelling with children, you bring their own. This ensures that children have correctly fitting jackets that are comfortable for them.  

Children should not be allowed in the dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and should wear a buoyancy aid or harness whilst on deck. 

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy. 

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings vacation.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunization requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

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