The "Land of a Thousand Smiles"
Breathtaking Reefs, Tropical Beaches and Lush Rainforests
AtAt the heart of Southeast Asia lies Thailand, the "Land of a
Thousand Smiles," a country proud of its unique culture and famous
worldwide for its cuisine. Thailand offers miles of tropical beaches, lush
rainforests, exhilarating cultural attractions and excellent scuba diving. With
the Gulf of Thailand on the east and the Andaman Sea on the west, diving
opportunities include seeing fringing reefs, deep drop-offs, wrecks, walls,
caverns, tunnels, pinnacles or open ocean seamounts. The Gulf of Thailand
region offers divers an amazing range of diving destinations. The beautiful
island of Koh Tao along with the pristine islands of Koh
Samui and Koh Phangan are must-visit dive
destinations. Located in the north of the gulf region are the popular
destinations of Pattaya and the unspoiled island of Koh
Chang. These locations are world famous dive destinations with access to a
range of different sites to suit all diving levels. Many divers also begin
their adventures in Phuket, as some of the top Andaman Sea dive
sites are within easy reach on a daytrip or liveaboard. Khao Lak is
fast becoming a favorite region for many divers. Phi Phi Island is
also a popular destination in this region with various easily accessible dive
sites to explore. The south-western coastal town of Krabi is
the jumping off point for the enchanting Koh Lanta archipelago, as
well as the stunning Koh Lipe. Thailand is an amazing dive
destination and there’s a lot to explore underwater in this tropical paradise.
Locate a PADI Dive Shop in Thailand.
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Visibility – Visibility is generally good throughout the country and averages
around 30 metres/100 feet.
Water Temperature – A pleasant 28-30° C/82-86° F year-round.
Weather – Its tropical location ensures that Thailand has a hot and humid
climate year-round. The country is warm and wet during the May to September
monsoon, then dries out from November to mid-March. Air temperatures range from
30–35°C/85–95°F. The diving is typically good all year, but the Gulf of
Thailand is at its peak from May through to September while the best diving
is from October through to April in the Andaman Sea.
Featured Creatures – Typical Indo-Pacific reef fish and critters
are well represented and there's a good chance you will see morays, puffers,
triggers and Moorish idols, as well as mantas, leopard sharks and possibly
Recommended Training – Thailand is a great
destination to learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver Course. If you are already PADI certified, look to take the PADI Enriched Air, PADI Deep Diver and PADI Drift Diver courses so you’re
prepared for diving the many pinnacles and walls across this destination.
The PADI Wreck Diver course is perfect if
you plan to dive any of Thailand’s amazing wrecks. Thailand is also an
excellent location to become a PADI Pro by taking the PADI Divemaster course or the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course.
Language – Thai. English is widely spoken in tourist
Currency – Thai Baht. Credit cards are accepted in most areas.
Major Airports – Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and Phuket
International Airport in Phuket are the two main international airports.
Electricity – 22O volts, 50Hz. Internet is common in cities and resort areas.
Topside Attractions – You are spoilt for
choice for top side attractions in Thailand. Popular choices include pampering
yourself with a traditional massage, visiting cultural centers or marvelling at
the many temples across the country. The cuisine and restaurants throughout
Thailand are also a highlight of any trip.
Locate a PADI Dive Shop in Thailand.