Originally Posted by nauticalnomad
I am in the Uk and have spent the last 5 years restoring a 45 ft yacht for ocean cruising. It's time to leave but can't make up my mind whether to go through the Med to Thailand and Spend time in Asia? OR... Go right from Morocco onto the Carribean? Please give me your opinions pros and cons on both? Previous experience??
There is a lot to love about Thailand. The waters are calm, the food
is great and cheap
, the people are wonderful, the culture is fascinating, it's a great place to base for land travel, the snorkeling on the offshore
islands is spectacular, there are unlimited yacht services and you can spend years bouncing back and forth between Phuket and Langkawi as so many people do.
There is trouble in paradise though, as Mark points out above. The water inshore is brown and polluted. The pictures you see of white sand beaches don't show the 2 foot berm of plastic trash at the high tide line. You can't read the signs. Any place of natural beauty within 30 miles of Phuket will be overrun with speedboats loaded with Russian tourists or converted fishing
boats loaded to the gunwhales with kayaks. The peace of your tranquil anchorage will be shattered by the constant traffic of un-muffled longtails passing by.
The point being, go to Thailand and enjoy, but take the scenic route
and enjoy all the other destinations on the way. Please don't go by way of the Gulf of Aden.