Landlocked to the north by Burma, Laos and Cambodia, the south of Thailand is actually surrounded by water! Resort destinations like Phuket, Krabi or Pattaya are today very popular amongst travellers and the islands of Kho Samui and Kho Phi Phi are long-time favourites... Despite the 2006 tsunami, divers are still keen to discover this land of wonders, and no one can blame them! With a coastline stretching over thousands of kilometers, Thailand counts a lot of different dive sites. All the dive schools offer exploration dives for the certified and training for the novice or those who want to further their education. Some dive centres organise dive cruises, or liveaboard, to the Similan Islands and Surin: these two national parks enjoy a very rich marine life, probably the best in the region! That being said, from the west coast to the Gulf of Thailand to the east, each area's got its own atmosphere... Some of you will prefer Koh Phi Phi and its leopard sharks rather than the calm and pristine waters of Racha Yai near Phuket, perfect for a refresher dive or a snorkelling excursion. Or, again, maybe you'll go for Koh Doc Mai if you're passionate about nudibranchs and macro photography... To each his own!
All nine islands which make up Similan Marine Park are ranked amongst the world's 10 best dive sites! If you want to see manta rays by the dozen or whale sharks, head further north to Surin National Park and dive Koh Bon, Koh Tachai or the famous Richelieu Rock. Countless options to choose from and a very affordable way of life, it's all good!
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Temperatures shown below are for Phuket region