Boat Lagoon - Another side of Phuket
Quite aside from the "tourists", be they backpacking, flashpacking, on package tours, on a dive trip, here for the nightlife - whatever.. there is another side to Phuket that many don't know about. Phuket is home to several yacht marinas, there is a thriving boat building industry, there's the Kings Cup sailing event every year.. in short, there's lots of yachties around!
You'll find yachts in the high season moored in every bay from Bang Tao to Chalong, but these are open bays and offer little in the way of boat services or security. Boat Lagoon is found on the east coast, about 10km north of Phuket Town and is way more than just a marina or boat park. When you enter it's like a different world. You could be in a marina in France. Where has Thailand gone? Everything is neat and tidy, and if you like boats you're in dreamland. I love to look at them and dream of being a rich man! OK, not all boats are super expensive, but in Boat Lagoon you'll see some beautiful craft. Well worth stopping here for a quick look.
We stop in sometimes to walk around, look at boats, maybe have a coffee and cake at "The Bakery" - they also do great sandwiches and salads. There is also a restaurant here called The Watermark which is a bit too posh for us. We also use the pool at the Boat Lagoon Resort sometimes. Very nice place to stay if you like boats and are not bothered about being close to a beach.
Boat Lagoon also has houses and apartments, a supermarket and plenty of shops for yachties (selling a multitude of gadgets and essential bits for your boat). There are also yacht rental and sales centers. The boats are everywhere, in and out of the water. Boats are serviced here and they have some huge boat cranes for lifting boats out of the water. Like I say, if you like boats, this has to be on your list of places to see in Phuket.
Phuket Boat Lagoon - Location Map
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Boat Lagoon and Yachting Links
• Boat Lagoon Resort
• Boat Lagoon Website
• Phuket Kings Cup
• Phuket Race Week
• Phuket International Boat Show