Sail the Andaman Sea Aboard the Datai’s Chic Schooner

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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