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The Andaman Sea

The Andaman Sea, in the northeastern corner of the Indian Ocean, covers an area of almost 800,000 square kilometres. It is separated from the Bay of Bengal in the west by the Andaman and Nicobar islands which string north from the tip of Sumatra, and bounded in the north by Burma, east by Thailand and Malaysia, and in the south by Sumatra and the Strait of Malacca. It has an average depth of 870 metres, and a maximum depth of 3,777 metres.

The sea contains thousands of islands, and countless sheltered anchorages. Its fringing reefs and rich marine life provide some of the best snorkelling and diving on Earth. It is outside the tropical storm zones, safe for cruising year-round. Even during the wet southwest monsoon, winds rarely exceed 30 knots.

When many people think of cruising in Southeast Asia, they immediately think of piracy. Forget it. The rare cases of piracy involve attacks on freighters. In the Andaman Sea, there has not been a case of a yacht being attacked for many years. The Andaman, in fact, is a safer place to cruise than the Caribbean; much safer when incidences of petty crime are compared.

Phuket-Langkawi is the premier yachting destination in Asia. The combination of genuinely friendly people, enchanting cultures, robust marine service industries, relaxed attitudes and stunningly beautiful cruising grounds make it an area hard to resist. Many who sail into the Andaman Sea can't bring themselves to sail away again.

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Health care
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Provisioning
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