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Thailand

At the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand, the “Land of a Thousand Smiles,” is a country proud of its unique culture and famous worldwide for its cuisine. You’ll find palm fringed white sand beaches, colourful coral reefs and many exhilarating cultural attractions in some of Southeast Asia’s liveliest cities. With the Gulf of Thailand on the east and the Andaman Sea on the west, diving opportunities include fringing reefs, deep drop-offs, wrecks, walls, caverns, tunnels, pinnacles or open ocean seamounts. In the evenings, you’ll find entertainment varies from phenomenal dining and chilled out sundowners to night clubbing and lively full moon parties.

Thailand Sea Life

Expect to be overwhelmed with a riot of colour and clouds of fish. Your first dive could feel somewhat dizzying with the frenetic activity of Thailand’s reef inhabitants. Colourful reef fish of every species and description glide around. You’ll see a variety of angelfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, wrasse, surgeonfish, triggerfish and trumpetfish. Stonefish, scorpionfish, lionfish, sea snakes and morays bring their brand of intimidation. Barracuda, tuna, jacks and even sailfish can be seen hunting the unsuspecting. Expect a variety of rays including mantas; whale sharks and sharks will delight you. Macro lovers will not be disappointed with the chance to see an array of nudibranch, shrimp, pipefish and other tiny oddities.

How to Get There

Suvarnabhumi International Airport located in Bangkok is the main gateway to the country and most likely where you will land. Don Muang International Airport is the old main airport also located in Bangkok. This airport mainly serves the budget, domestic and regional international connections. You can get anywhere from Bangkok, most travel agents will be able to book your onward connection to your destination before you fly.

Best Scuba Diving in Thailand

Phuket

Phuket

Phuket offers shore and boat diving and is also a jump-off point for liveaboards to the Similan and Surin Islands and the most southern sites too. Leaving from Khao Lak for northern liveaboards means less cruising time, though. Shore diving in Phuket is possible only between November to April, outside of this time monsoon winds make conditions too dangerous. Mostly...

Similan Islands

Similan Islands

The best way to dive in The Similan Islands is from a liveaboard boat. The majority of trips leave from Khao Lak, but there are departures from Ranong and Phuket too. The recommended length is a four-day four-night trip, but there are shorter options available. If time is your enemy then from Khao Lak 1 day, two days and three days trips are available. The diving is...

Krabi

The Thai Province of Krabi is located on the west coast of southern Thailand and is characterised by lush mangrove forests, rugged limestone cliffs and numerous idyllic off shore tropical islands. As well as stunning beaches and overwhelming natural beauty, Krabi offers excellent diving. Dive sites are predominantly pinnacle sites and feature an abundance of corals...

Koh Tao

The beautiful island of Koh Tao forms part of the Chumphon Archipelago on the western shore of the gulf of Thailand. This idyllic island is a tropical paradise with white sand beaches fringed with palm trees, rugged cliffs and stunning sunsets. Koh Tao’s underwater scenery is just as spectacular with coral encrusted rock pinnacles, vibrant reefs and some great...