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Money: THB
Language:
Thai,
English
Time Zone:
GMT +7 hours
Sun 08:18:49
Phone Code: +66
Religion:
Buddhist 94.6%,
Muslim 4.6%
Electricity: 220V
Thailand Scuba Destination Info:
      Overall summary of Thailand
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Thailand is probably one of the more westernised countries of the Far East. It is a beautiful country with white sand beaches, green forests, and very friendly people. It is also a well known tourist destination and coupled with the commercial influences, there are locations that are not to everyones taste. In particular, Bangkok and Pattaya can be pretty garish with a highly visible sex trade.

Most diving destinations therefore tend to focus on the peninsula stretching down to Malaysia. On both sides there are a number of resorts, some more touristy than others. On the western side in the Andaman Sea, the islands can have some nice coral gardens and lots of reef fish but watch out for the crowds. Getting further afield to the Similans will give you quieter diving with some lovely sites such as Richelieu rock and the Surin island reefs. The eastern side has locations such as Koh Tao and Koh Samui. Make sure that you research the monsoon season, as when it is there, one side will be getting beaten up whilst the other is fine!

One aspect of Thailand that is quite contentious is the effect it's tourism is having on the reef systems around it's coasts. In particular, even before the Tsunami struck, there was grave concern that the 10 million tourists a year (of which 300,000 were divers) were putting a huge strain on the more popular sites such as Phuket. Local Marine Biological Centres were concerned that irreparable damage was being done and reef systems were crashing. Coupled with the devastation of the Tsunami, some of the local resort reefs of Thailand are probably in need of some tender care. Make sure you reseach other divers experience of the best diving locations.

On a practical note, don't forget that ettiquete is very important in Thailand and make sure you do not offend local customs.

In summary, Thailand can be a great value for money holiday destination but you may need to work hard to find the best dive sites.
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Ao Nang / Krabi
Diving from Ao Nang, close to Krabi is a fantastic experience. You can see lots of leopard sharks, in the south, Mantas and Whale Sharks, and there is also a great variety of small stuff: Ghostpipefish, Seahorses, Frogfish etc. etc. Beautiful and h...
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Bangsaphan
During the last five years I have been to Bangsaphan a few times and I have done about a hundred dives there. I did my courses from open water to divemaster with Absolut Wreck, wich is the only diveshop around Bangsaphan. The diving at Bangsaphan is...
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Khao Lak
Just returned from Kaoh Lak. Diving is done mostly on Similan, easy to reach with daytrips. Transfer to Similan by speedboat (~1.2hrs) and there transfer to a dive boat with all comforts. Diving at Similan needs little further explanation, it's ...
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koh chang
The diving is great with many coral and fish. Water temperature averages 30 degrees and land temperature averages 34 degrees. Ko Chang is a big island with 52 smaller islands around it. This island is a real tropicol forrest with many waterfalls. Bes...
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Koh Kood
What draws visitors, mostly locals, to come to this island is its completely pristine nature, both inland and underwater. Small mountains and ridged plains have given rise to many inland brooks, streams and waterfalls. Klong Chao Waterfall in particu...
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Koh Lanta
It is not until recent years that Koh Lanta has received the reputation it truly deserves - that of a first class dive destination. Many divers come for the world famous spots Hin Daeng and Hin Mouang, and maybe it is the excellence of these two subm...
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Koh Phi Phi
Worldclassdiving at Hin Daeng and Hin muang with Whalesharks and Mantarays and beautiful coralreefs around Bida Islands in Koh PHi Phi Islands. Leopardsharks as well as turtles,Tigertailseahorses,Octopus,Lionfish, Scorpionfishes are very common marin...
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Koh Samui
Those who experience Koh Samui are rewarded with an idyllic tropical retreat with little traffic, white-sand beaches, a sapphire-blue sea, an abundance of tantalising Thai cuisine and an unusually warm and friendly people. Koh Samui is just 21 kilom...
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Koh Tao
Koh Tao diving is varied with over 20 sites around the small island. Winter time Nov - Feb there is not so much diving if you're staying on Koh Samui but you can still get dives from KT. KT is good for beginners compared to Koh Phi Phi (diving is wa...
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Pattaya / Jomtien
Pattaya and Jomtien is great for diving. I'm a bit biased as I did my first few dives here. There are many small uninhabited islands off the coast here. They are quite close, about 45mins on the boat and have depths that vary from ankle deep to a...
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Phuket
Phuket is home to the famous Similan Islands, often ranked in the top 10 dive destinations of the world. Phuket is also a year round diving destination offering fantastic day trips to Phi Phi island, Racha Yai and Racha Noi all less than 2 hours fro...
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Similan Islands Liveaboard
Just dived the Similan and Surin Islands (Nov/2005) Water temp was a constant 30 degrees, so a 3mm full or 5mm shortie is more than enough to keep you warm for an hours dive. You really need to PADI AOW or above as every dive was at least 20m+ with...
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ss suddhadib (Hardeep wreck)
The steamship ss suddhadib (also known as hardeep wreck) was built in Hong Kong in 1918 for the East Asiatic company and named after princess suddhadib of Thailand. During WW2 Thailand became allied with Japan , and the Japanese took control of the ...
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