My name is Lies Sol and I’m Charter Broker and Manager at Northrop & Johnson. Our office is in Phuket, Thailand, the center of some of the finest cruising grounds in Southeast Asia. As a retail broker, I assist clients in finding the perfect charter yacht for their holiday, wherever they want to go. I provide the finest service thanks to my first-hand knowledge from yacht inspections around Asia and international charter yacht shows, where I meet with Captains and crew. As a charter manager, I market & promote yachts for owners and handle charter inquiries & booking procedures.
I was born in Amsterdam and traveled to Southeast Asia in my early twenties to enjoy a lifestyle of sun, sea, and sand. My first-ever boating trip was on a sailing yacht in Koh Samui, Thailand, with a group of Italians and I loved it. After moving to Tokyo for three years, I thought it was time to return to lovely Thailand. I worked for a bareboat boating company and became a PADI scuba diving instructor. I eventually started to work on yachts, initially in the Asia-Pacific region, then also in the Caribbean and Florida.
Since moving back to Thai shores in 2003, I’ve organized sailing regattas & events and worked for boating & luxury lifestyle magazines. I was PR manager of one of Phuket’s most popular boutique beach resorts for 6 years, before pursuing a passion which turned into a three-year career as a Bikram Yoga teacher. In 2013, I returned to the yachting industry as charter manager and retail broker for highly regarded companies including Northrop & Johnson. I rejoined Northrop & Johnson APAC in 2019 to run the charter department.
I’d like to help introduce boating to new markets in Asia. I regularly write articles for local yachting magazines about destinations & yachting, speak at functions and hold Open Days to show what luxury yachting is all about. Several of our managed yachts left Asia for other shores, so it is my priority to increase our portfolio of luxury charter yachts in the Southeast Asia fleet.
“Live one day at a time: live in the present and do the next right thing.”
My Outside-office Life
I’ve been a board member of the Thai Yachting Business Association (TYBA) for many years. I enjoy being in nature and often go hiking, sailing, or diving. I’m also an avid yoga practitioner.
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