The KLM BAIDEE

A Traditional Indonesian Pinisi

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.

To learn where the KLM Baidee can take you, check out our tours and private charter options!

Private Charter Booking

KLM BAIDEE SPECIFICATIONS

TYPEBUGIS PINISI SCHOONER
LENGTH29,6m / 99 ft
BEAM6m / 20 ft
MAST / SAIL2 / Mainsail, Fok
BUILT / REFIT2008/ 2014
GRT48 Tons
SPEED10 Knots
PASSENGERS8 Overnight / 50 Day Trips
CREW4 people

Private Charters & Private Cruises

  • Samui Northern Shores
  • Cruise for 4 hours
  • Includes:
  • Transfers
    Breakfast
    OR
    Lunch
    Coffee & Tee
    Soft drinks & Water
    Towels
    Insurance
  • Guide Languages
  • English, German, Russian,
    Chinese or French
  • Up to 20 people
  • ฿ 40,000.-
  • additional person:
    ฿ 1,200.-
  • Samui Archipelago
  • Cruise for 8 hours
  • Includes:
  • Transfers
    Breakfast & Lunch
    Fingerfood & Snacks
    Coffee & Tee
    Soft drinks & Water
    Snorkeling Equipment
    Towels
    Insurance
  • Guide Languages
  • English, German, Russian,
    Chinese or French
  • Up to 20 people
  • ฿ 60,000.-
  • additional person:
    ฿ 1,500.-
  • Koh Phangan
  • Cruise for 8 hours
  • Includes:
  • Transfers
    Breakfast & Lunch
    Fingerfood & Snacks
    Coffee & Tee
    Soft drinks & Water
    Snorkeling Equipment
    Towels
    Insurance
  • Guide Languages
  • English, German, Russian,
    Chinese or French
  • Up to 20 people
  • ฿ 60,000.-
  • additional person:
    ฿ 1,500.-
  • Angthong Marine Park
  • Cruise for 10 hours
  • Includes:
  • Transfers
    Breakfast & Lunch
    Fingerfood & Snacks
    Coffee & Tee
    Soft drinks & Water
    Snorkeling Equipment
    Towels
    Insurance
  • Guide Languages
  • English, German, Russian,
    Chinese or French
  • Up to 20 people
  • ฿ 70,000.-
  • additional person:
    ฿ 1,500.-