is a place that has something for everyone. For those interested
in foreign and ancient cultures, Thailand boasts of having more
visible historical evidence of past eras than any other Southeast
Asian nation, so take your pick of the ubiquitous historical ruins
and temples to visit.
Diving is available at all times of the year, although visibility
changes according to the season. In the Andaman Sea, the best
time to dive is from October to April, and in the Gulf of Thailand
from May to September.
Scuba diving in Asia and in particular in Thailand has always been
considered world-class. If you’ve ever dreamed of swimming
with a whale shark, this is the place to do it. Not only is the
land diverse above water, but below as well with huge boulders that
create havens for both large & small fish. Keep an eye out into
the blue for schools of tuna and other large pelagics cruising around.
You will find everything in this underwater paradise from large
pelagics to ribbon eels.
One of the first and still one of the most popular dive areas
is Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand, just two hours drive from
Bangkok. The main beach is located on a scenic bay,
but facilities are available all along this coast. the Ang Thong
Islands National Marine Park, a group of more than 40 beautiful
islands off the west of Surat Thani province and near Ko Samui.
In Pattaya, scuba divers can organize daily trips from the resort
to the offshore islands of Ko Lan, Ko Sak, and Ko Krok.
The other major water sport center is the southern island of Phuket
in the Andaman Sea. The majority of diving destinations close
to Phuket are located in nearby Phangnga , where hundreds of limestone
islands rise up from the blue waters. Also popular are the largely
uninhabited Similan Islands, recently listed among the world's
ten most beautiful spots for underwater scenery and the spectacular
Phi Phi Islands near Phuket.
Climate: 70 - 93F (21 - 34C)
Water Temperature: 80 - 87F (27-31C)
Visibility: 30' - 130' (10 - 40m)