The "Land of a Thousand Smiles"
Breathtaking Reefs, Tropical Beaches and Lush Rainforests
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. Thailand also 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 fringing reefs, deep drop-offs, wrecks, walls, caverns, tunnels, pinnacles or open ocean seamounts. The Gulf of Thailand 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 divers of all levels. Many divers begin their adventures in Phuket, as some of the top Andaman Sea dive sites are within easy reach on a day trip or live-aboard. Khao Lak is fast becoming a favorite for many divers and Phi Phi Island is also a popular destination in this region with 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 stunning Koh Lipe. Thailand is an amazing dive destination and there’s a lot to explore underwater in this tropical paradise.
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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 September while the best diving is from October through 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 whale sharks.
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 a natural 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 areas.
Currency – Thai Baht. Credit cards are accepted in most areas.
Major Airports – Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and Phuket International Airport are the two main international airports
Electricity – 22O volts, 50Hz. Internet is common in cities and resort areas.
Topside Attractions – You are spoiled for choice for topside attractions in Thailand. Popular choices include pampering yourself with a traditional massage, visiting cultural centers or marveling at the many temples across the country. The cuisine and restaurants throughout Thailand are also a highlight of any trip.