Butang Group Facts
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Currency: Thai Baht
Sailing Butang Group Thailand
The name Tarutao was derived from the Malay word for old, mysterious and primitive, an appropriate name for these untouched wild islands, close to the Malaysian border.
In 1972, the Tarutao archipelago of 51 rugged, densely forested islands with pristine beaches was declared Thailands first national park. In 1974, the park was extended to incorporate the Butang Group of another 61 islands.
Both groups of islands are predominantly uninhabited, and home to diverse wildlife, waterfalls, caves, viewpoints and beautiful isolated beaches. Most of these islands are inaccessible by any other means other than a yacht.
The most well known island is Koh Lipe, one of the few islands offering good value accommodation, with a few bars and restaurants for those of you who would like some contact with civilisation.
Relax on empty and unspoilt white sandy beaches, or explore the rugged wildlife inland. Trek through the rainforests, and follow the paths of others to secluded viewpoints. When the day is done, relax on the boat with a beer or glass of wine and watch the sunset turn to a starlit sky. Stop off at Koh Lipe and enjoy some of the freshest fish youll ever taste, or take a dip in the emerald waters to admire the living reefs.
Butang Group Sailing Information
Butang Group Sailing Seasons
From May through to October, the southwest monsoon brings with it reliable winds averaging 12 knots. Spells of brilliant clear blue skies are interspersed with occasional showers and temperatures are never lower than 25'C. Phuket Race Week, held in July each year, is timed to take advantage of the green seasons perfect sailing weather and presents the perfect opportunity to combine a few days yacht racing with cruising Phang Nga Bay under sail.
Where to sail from Phket
Travelling to Phuket and Butang Group
By plane to Phuket
Domestic flights connect Phuket with nearly all in Thailand.
By bus to Phuket
By ferry to Phuket
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