TAT License No: 34/01870

Insurance No: D0-69-60/C00234

The Naga and The Baidee


THE NAGA

Our beautiful M/S Naga is a traditional, wooden two-masted motorsailer, handcrafted in Turkey. It offers our guests the opportunity to cruise around the Gulf of Thailand in style and with all possible luxuries on board. It fulfills even the most discerning travelers’ needs while they are enjoying the beauty of tropical islands scattered around the Gulf of Thailand.

The M/S Naga is 30 meters long and offers a range of facilities for our guests, including daybeds on the sundeck and the covered deck, an open-air dining area, fully equipped bathrooms and for those staying overnight, air-conditioned bedrooms. This yacht offers space for up to 30 guests for half-day and full-day trips and for up to 10 guests for overnight excursions.

THE NAGA – A MYTHICAL CREATURE
The M/S Naga is named after a creature from Thai mythology that resembles a snake or dragon. Depending on the depiction, it can be shown with one or many heads. The Naga is said to guard areas of transition, such as bridges and doors, which is why Nagas can be found in front of many temples in Thailand and around South-East Asia. Another famous image shows the Naga king Mucalinda using his many heads to shield the Buddha from rain during one of his long meditations. Being named after such a protective mythical being has surely helped keep our voyages safe over the years and will undoubtedly do so in the future.
THE GULET – ITS HISTORY AND ORIGIN

The term gulet is said to have developed from either the French term “géolette” (which means schooner) or from the Venetian word “galiota” (which means galleon). Originally, gulets were wooden boats made in the south of modern-day Turkey and used by fishermen and sponge divers to transport their catch.

With the demand for elegant, finely appointed charter vessels growing in Turkey over recent years, gulets developed into sophisticated motorsailers, catering to the needs of a very demanding and continuously growing charter clientele.

Over time, a number of new designs has emerged, but they always stayed close to the traditional Turkish gulet’s style. Since its classic design does not allow many cabins on board, slight modifications have been implemented over recent years, and today the transom-stern gulet offers the best possible use of space both above and below deck, making it a popular type of charter vessel.

TURKISH GULETS – HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS FOR FINE YACHTS

To make gulets the elegant refined vessels they are, classy design is not enough. The materials used for construction play just as big a role in the boat’s final appearance as its shape and size. Today, the top-quality gulets made in Bodrum and Bozburun in Turkey use expensive, durable wood, such as African mahogany, Burmese teak, or eucalyptus for the hull, and woods such as spruce pine, walnut, ebony or olive for interior furniture and fixtures, due to their beautiful colors and the possibilities they offer for handling and processing.

With its rich history, the M/S Naga is the perfect boat to explore the Gulf of Thailand’s magical seas, Samui’s serene shoreline and the many treasure islands tucked away in Ang Thong Marine Park. Hop on board and let us take you on an incredible journey around this remarkable area.

THE BAIDEE
Our beautiful KLM Baidee is a traditional two-masted Indonesian sailing ship that offers a comfortable cruising experience to all guests. It makes exploring the Gulf of Thailand a luxurious experience full of nature’s wonders that can be seen from the yacht’s decks.

The KLM Baidee is 30 meters long and has space for 50 guests during half-day and full-day cruises and for eight guests on overnight charters. With its facilities including sunbeds on our shaded deck and sundeck, an indoor salon, an open-air dining area and fully equipped bathrooms, the KLM Baidee provides all modern luxuries while at sea.

SMOOTH SAILING – ON THE KLM BAIDEE
The KLM Baidee has its name from the Thai words “Baai Dee”, which quite literally means “good sails” or “smooth sailing”. It is an expression used by local mariners to wish each other a safe journey at sea. By choosing it as a name for our yacht, we wanted to create a link to the local culture and select an auspicious name that would bring us good luck and safe travels.
THE PINISI – A TRADITIONAL INDONESIAN SAILING SHIP
The pinisi or phinisi is a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing boat that is mainly built by the Konjo and Bugis tribes who are at home in South Sulawesi. For generations, they used this type of ship for fishing and to transport goods between the many islands of the Indonesian archipelago. The Konjo and Bugis are master shipbuilders and mariners, with centuries of experience in crafting and sailing their ships as far as Java, Sumatra and Papua.
BUGIS PINISI – THEN AND NOW

In the 19th century, the pinisi were vital to inter-Asian trade. Boats were loaded with European and Chinese goods in Singapore and taken all the way to the Dobo and Aru Islands. When returning to Singapore, they stopped in Indonesia where traders gathered birds-of-paradise feathers, sandalwood, spices, gold and pepper, to sell them at a high profit to Indian and Chinese merchants. Today, the Bugis pinisi are still used to carry many types of cargo, including cement, rice, sugar and even motorcycles to sell them on the many islands of the archipelago. But they have also received a new purpose.

Bugis pinisi were recently discovered as a unique type of live-aboard that could be used for divers and travelers to go to remote locations in the Indonesian islands. Modernized versions of this sturdy traditional boat now come with complete cabins, kitchens and fully-equipped toilets to accommodate travelers from around the world as they discover South-East Asia’s serene marine landscapes and take in the beauty of nature.