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Thailand 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)

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