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Visa for Thailand?
Most European and American nationals need a passport which is valid at least 6 more months and a return air ticket. For a stay of maximum 30 days you don't need a visa. If you want to stay longer than 30 days in Thailand you must have a visa from the embassy of Thailand in your home country. For more detailed visa information's please contact your local Thai embassy.
Which is the best time for traveling?
There are three different kinds of climate in this region. The most pleasant time of the year is usually from November until April. From November until mid March the west of Thailand has it’s "cold" season (in the day 30°- 33°C, in the night ~ 24°C), with soft winds from east and wonderful weather. The "hot" season starts in the middle of March until the end of July (in the day 32°- 36°C, in the night ~ 28°C) with medium amounts of precipitation. The Monsoon season with strong winds from the west and heavy rains peaks in September (in the day 28°- 33°C, in the night 25°- 30°C).
Which is the best time for diving?
The best time for diving on the west coast of Thailand, the Adaman Sea is between October to May, while we recomend if possible to avoid peak seasons around Christmas time. Good and calm conditions with more spottings of large marine animals is during February to May.
The best time for diving on the east cost of Thailand, the Gulf is usually all year around, while we recomend to avoid October, November and December because of the rain season. Usually around June to September is the best time for diving.
You should take the normal precautions, as you need for any other long distance journey. Go to your doctor and check your state of health: Hepatitis A+B vaccination is recommendable. Malaria prophylaxis is not necessary. The Kingdom of Thailand offers outstanding health and medical care in private hospitals that are usually visited by tourists. These hospitals easily achieve European standards and are ISO certified. Numerous smaller pharmacies and ambulatory doctor’s practices which cover the medical basics and therefore also most needs of our visitors are available everywhere. As it is in the case of every journey to a foreign country, a foreign health insurance is highly recommended. <
To rent motorbikes is cheap and the best way to explore the area around you. By law you need a valid international driving license and you need to wear a helmet! Traffic police is increasing roadstops and enforcing the law in all tourist holiday destinations. Thailand has very high accident statistics following motorbike crashes, in your own interest you should wear a proper motorbike helmet, wear long trousers and good shoes. Drive inoffensive and expect the not expectable from other road users. Also a light accident with abrasions usually means the end of your diving vacations to allow the healing of your wounds.
Thailand usually is a very safe country to travel through compared with all other countries around the world. In all bigger tourist destinations you should be carefull with pocketpickers, never give your credit card away so the attendent can process the payment in a separate room (never leave you credit card out of seight, it takes a second to copy your credit card details). More and more problems in the larger holiday destinations such as Phuket Island, Koh Samui and Pattaya are reportet, armed robbery in the night along dark parts of roads, sexual assault or druging to rob or sexual abuse persons (mainly women) and general drug abuse. To avoid getting in trouble we highly recommend not to walk or drive in the night on remote and dark beaches, roads or parts of the city. Don't take drinks or food offered from strangers at bars and busses to avoid beeing druged. Stay away from illegal drugs and drunk people.
Recompression chambers are destributed throughout all major diving destinations. Thailand has a state of the art diving infrastructure. The Bangkok Phuket Hospital also provides one of the most modern recompression chambers in South East Asia. Furthermore there are 3 recompression chambers in Phuket, among them one chamber in Patong which is attached to the SSS network. Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Pattaya got equal facilities. We strongly recommend an additional dive insurance from DAN ( Divers Alert Network ) Please read your insurance policies carefully or ask your insurer if recompression treatment is covered!
The on board chefs will make the finest Western- and Thai dishes. If you have any special needs (vegetarian or allergies) please let us know as soon as possible, we will have no problems accommodating you without making the food boring or plain. Thailand is world famous for the wide gastronomical variety to be found here. You have a long list to choose from even at the cheapest of restaurants. For desert you can enjoy a huge variety of tropical fruits. Be careful though, the Thai people love spicy food and some dishes are extremely spicy!
Which currencies and which credit cards are accepted?
The National currency is the Thai Baht (THB). In areas of high tourist density such as Khao Lak, Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya USD, Euro and English Pound is accepted or easily changed in banks or exchange offices. Traveler’s checks can also be changed in every bank. You can find cash dispensers (ATMs) everywhere throughout the Kingdom, all ATM- machines accept Visa and Master Card, many of them will also accept the Maestro EC-card. Please pay attention to the daily-, weekly- and monthly limits of your card to avoid unpleasant surprises. It is recommended to at least have a back-up credit card handy.
Safe diving rules and procedures
- Drink enough water and keep well hydrated specially while diving
- Avoid alcohol and other dehydrating fluids
- If you have not been diving for a long period participate in a scuba review program
- For recreonational scuba divers, stay well within your no decompression limits
- If you don't feel well or you are sick skip diving
- Stay with your divemaster or instructor, don't seperate from your dive group or buddy
- If you get seperated search for a minute, if not able to find your group or buddy ascent slowly to the surface
- Keep positiv bouancy at the surface, inflate bcd or drop weightsystem
- Don't touch anything, take anything or stress animal, specially if you taking underwater pictures
- Check your pressure gauge (air supply) frequently to avoid running out of air
- Alert your diveguide or buddy latest if you coming close to 50 bar / 700 psi
- Always do a safety stop of 3 min (or longer) ar 5 min
- Watch and listen for boat traffic before ascending
- Don't take unessery risks or stress other diver to take them
- Dive well within your limits
- Review communications handsignals with you buddy, diveguide and group
- Always perform a buddy check before the dive (BCD function, right amount of Weights and quick release easy to reach, Releases closed, enough Air supply/regulator check)
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What should I bring?
- Bring along your diving gear, your diving operator will provide tanks and weights without additional charge. You will need your bathing suit, T-shirts, shorts, sun cream and toilet accessories. A sweatshirt and light cotton pants might be helpful in the evening time or after a short rainfall. You can also rent high quality and brand new dive equipment on most of the boats.
Which kind of wetsuit do I need?
- We recommend a 3 – 5 millimeter wet suit either short or long. The water temperature is around 29 C / 85 F but you will be making up to 4 dives a day.
Can I recharge my strobes and batteries?
- Yes. 220/110/24 Volt current is provided
Do I need money on the boat?
- Some operators charge extra for soft drinks and beer which you pay at the end of the trip so yes, bring some Thai baht with you.
Can I save my digital pictures on board?
- Some operators provide laptops where you can download and burn your pictures.