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Area (sq km): 514,000
Population: 65,444,371
Nationality: Thai
Local Name: Thailand
Language: Thai,
Chinese,
Malay
Time Zone: +7 GMT
Currency: 1 bhat = 100 stang
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Bangkok
Dialling Code: +66
Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Internet Code: .th
Religion: Buddhist,
Muslim
Climate: Monsoon,
Tropical Equatorial
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Inoculations: Yellow Fever
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-15.30
Major Airports: Bangkok(BKK),
Chiang Mai(CNX),
Pattaya(UTP),
Phuket(HKT)

Scuba diving from Thailand accommodation

Scuba diving in Thailand is absolutely world class. Check out scuba diving in the Similan Islands, Surin Islands and Ko Tao dive sites. Two dive sites not to be missed are Japanese Gardens and Richelieu Rock, both are of world acclaim and accessible from Thailand accommodation and beach bungalows.

Andaman Sea scuba diving
Andaman Sea scuba diving

The Similan Islands are west of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Scuba diving in Thailand is at its finest in the Gulf of Thailand and is even better in the Andaman Sea. Scuba diving in the Similan Islands is awesome! Dive sites in the Similan Islands are continually rated among the best sites in the world. While the Gulf of Thailand is being pounded by monsoons between November and April these are the best times for scuba diving from the great beach bungalows and other Thailand accommodation in the Similan Islands and the Andaman Sea.

Similan Islands scuba diving

East of Eden has incredible visibility and loads of brilliant fish like lionfish and clownfish. Snapper Alley has a fabulous swim-through with sea fans and garden eels. Sharkfin Reef is ideal for spotting stingrays. At Breakfast Bend you are likely to see leopard sharks, barracuda, morays, glass fish and some of the best coral specimens in the Andaman Sea. Use VillasPeople.com website to find Thailand accommodation nearest your favourite Similan Islands scuba diving sites.

Surin Islands scuba diving

The Surin Islands are also in the Andaman Sea west of Thailand’s mainland. The islands are accessible from Thailand villas near Phuket and are a diving mecca. Surin Islands scuba diving is most famous for the Richelieu Rock dive site. Richelieu Rock is one of the most famous dive sites in the world and always ends up on top ten lists.

Richelieu Rock

Firstly, Richelieu Rock is huge so many tour operators advise more than one dive here. Secondly, the current can be strong so stick with your guide. Richelieu Rock boast whale shark sightings that happen frequently. Mantas and barracuda are also residents. The rocky pinnacles jutting upwards are an amazing sight to behold and the entire Richelieu Rock dive is guaranteed to leave you in awe.

Koh Tao, dive near Koh Samui

The Koh Tao dive, or Ko Tao dive sites are north of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. This small island only years ago was without electricity or running water. Today it is a thriving tourist mecca and the Koh Tao dive sites are incredible including the world famous Japanese Gardens. Koh Tao is easily accessible from Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui with Thailand accommodation near the glorious beaches waiting for you.

Japanese Gardens for Thailand accommodation

The Japanese Gardens have gorgeous, large coral boulders that are surprisingly delicate. Copious amounts of fish can be seen, making it an ideal dive site often reputed as part of the world’s top ten dive sites. Chumphon Pinnacle is an unbelievable underwater stone forest with massive granite pinnacles reaching toward the surface. There is a chance here to see the impressive whale shark.

South West Pinnacle is the only PADI 5 Koh Tao dive site. The pinnacles are covered in pink anemones. Shark Island is very near Koh Tao and has it all. Many different types of corals, beautiful sea fans and lots of fish species like pufferfish and grouper call Shark Island home. Book Thailand accommodation with VillasPeople.com - find an idyllic beach bungalow as the base for all your scuba diving in Thailand.

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