Sail the Andaman Sea Aboard the Datai’s Chic Schooner

The traditionally built Naag Pelangi will soon be sailing from Langkawi's Datai Bay to the southern Thai island of Koh Tarutao.
The traditionally built Naag Pelangi will soon be sailing from Langkawi's Datai Bay to the southern Thai island of Koh Tarutao.

Between the isle-studded seascape of the Andaman Sea and the joys of a traditional sailing adventure, there are plenty of reasons to get on board the Naga Pelangi. Built for its German skipper Christoph Swoboda six years ago by a team of Malaysian shipwrights, the 30-meter pinas (junk-rigged schooner) will be starting its second season in December as an exclusive amenity for guests at The Datai, one of the top resorts on Malaysia’s Langkawi Island. The tie-up means the service and catering are all top-notch, while four- or six-hour cruises (starting from about US$98 per person) across the strait to Thailand’s Koh Tarutao give passengers the chance to learn the ropes—literally—or just take in the passing scenery from the chengal-wood deck. Sunset cruises and private charters are also available. —David Tse

This article originally appeared in the October/November print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Smooth Sailing”)

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