Thailand

 

Ko Similan & Ko Surin Islands learn more...
Ko Phuket & Ko Phi Phi Islands learn more...
Ko Lanta Island & Krabi learn more...
Ko Samui & Ko Tao Islands learn more...

 

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

General

The Kingdom of Thailand streches around 1770 km from north to south and boarders to the west the Union of Myanmar, to the north Laos, to the east Cambodia and last but not least to the south Malaysia. The countries geography splits the Andaman Sea from the Gulf of Thailand. Thailand has an excellent infrastructure and all amenities to host comfortably millions of tourist year by year. From all countries in Southeast Asia without doubt this is the easiest for westeners to travel through. The Thai culture is very reserved and friendly towards westeners visiting and paying respect to their country. Thai cuisine is knowed world wide for its delicious taste and variety. An amazing potpourri of fruits and herbs are available throughout the year to spice meals or to refresh afterwards.

Diving

The eco system of both seas are very different in the amount of animal species and marine life. While you will find the best divesites along the west coast of Thailand on the Andaman Sea, diving on the Gulf of Thailand is possible all around the year. The South West Monsoon that usually hits the west coast will restrict diving on the Similan and Surin Island Marine Park between the months of May to September. Diving in Ko Phuket and Ko Phi Phi Island area is possible all year round as well as in Krabi and Ko Lanta.

Ko Similan & Ko Surin Island 

The best dive destination in Thailand is without doubt the Ko Similan Island Marine Park of the shore of Khao Lak. The Similan and Ko Surin Island Marine Parks streches like a chain of pearls from north to south direction about a 100 km. The most knowed divesite world famouse Richelieu Rock is part of the Surin Island National Park. Between both Marine Parks there are to isolated islands Koh Bon and Koh Tachai where you can almost be sure on meeting with Mantas troughout the season. Another hot spot close to Khao Lak is the Boon Sung Wreck how has reached cult status because of it frequent sighting of Whalesharks and uncountable makro life.

Be asure that the 2004 Tsunami has got little visible impact on the eco system of the Similan Island National Park. The Surin Island National Park has been more affected, but the world famous Richelieu Rock due his distance to the Surin Islands remains untouched. 

Ko Phuket & Ko Phi Phi Islands 

The area around Phuket has splendid divesites and it is easy to access by day excursions from Phuket. For beginners the reefs around Racha Yai and Racha Noi will offer easy and shallow diving and many thing to discover. While the best diving lies in the golden triangle between the dive sites Shark Point, Anemon Reef and King Cruiser Wreck (each are minutes away from the other). Lust but not least, the Island of Koh Dok Mai is less than an hour by boat from Phuket and hosts an incredible amount of marine life, overhangings and small caves. Diving daytrips to Phi Phi Islands take about 1 hour by speedboat or around 2 with a more sophisticated diving boat

 

Manta Similan Islands, Thailand
Diving around Phi Phi Islands is usually shallow and quick to access from Phi Phi itself. The two best divesites around the Islands not to be missed is Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai. Daytrips from Phi Phi to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang take about 1 hour by speadboat.

Ko Lanta & Krabi 

Two breathtaking dive destinations you will find close to Phi Phi and Ko Lanta. Hin Daeng and Hin Muang as well as Ko Ha can be also rated as one of the must seen divesites in the southern Andaman Sea. Easiest to access from the unspoiled island of Ko Lanta with its long beautyfull beaches. Krabi offers some divesites close to the shore, but beside beginner courses it is better to dive in Ko Phi Phi Islands and the "Golden Triangle". Krabi has developed fast in the last 10 years and if you enjoy rock climbing beside diving this is the place to do so. Krabi is Thailands rock climbing Mekka and very popular among young visitors.

 

Ko Samui & Ko Tao Islands

To the east of Thailand mostly dive sites are found around Ko Tao Island. Usually the diving there is shallow and easy, making it very suitable for unexperience divers. Most divesites are accessible in not more than 20 min by boat from anywhere around the island or straight out from the beach. While visiting Ko Tao you should not miss Chumphon Pinnacles, South West Pinnacles and famous Sail Rock. To the south of Ko Tao and a short way from Ko Phangan Island lies on of the most known holiday destination Thailands, Ko Samui Island. The Ang Thong Marine Park to the west of Koh Samui and all divesites around Ko Tao are not more than 1 h 30 min away by speadboat or 3 hours by sophisticated diving boats.  

 
Insider info from local diveguides & instructors working in Myanmar (former Burma) learn more...

Insider info from local diveguides & instructors working on the Ko Similan and Ko Surin Island National Park learn more...

Insider info from local diveguides & instructors working around Ko Phuket Island and Ko Phi Phi Islands learn more... 

Insider info from local diveguides & instructors working around Krabi and Ko Lanta Island learn more...

Insider info from local diveguides & instructors working around Ko Tao and Ko Samui learn more...

 
By TropicoCode web design