All Tips for Diving in Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is a country particularly renowned for diving. Its abundance of corals and water temperature make it an ideal place to dive. In addition to the intrinsic qualities related to diving, the other advantage such as low cost of living locally or geographic location is especially appreciated. Thus, landing in Bangkok, it is very easy to discover other countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos …
In this article, I will present my tips to make the most of the perks of diving in Thailand: the best seasons, housing prices, the islands or different diving services and prices. In short, a [pocket] guide to diving in Thailand
The Best Season to Travel to Thailand
Know one thing; it is hot all year and throughout Thailand is truly magical! However, at certain times of the year, it rains heavily. The monsoon season is from June to October but the seasons are less marked in the south, where you find most idyllic islands of the country. Whatever happens, the rains typically do not last very long.
It is also strongly recommended to avoid visiting Thailand between September and October, or the risk of storms, and therefore Tsunami, are more important.
The Cost of a Trip to Thailand
As mentioned above, traveling in Thailand, as in most of Asia, is much more financially attractive than other parts of the globe. It takes a little less than 15 € per person per day in most parts of the country. For cons, the cost a little world in the southern islands, or it will take a daily budget of 25 € (without diving activity course). Indeed, housing is more expensive on the islands, about double the rates applied in the rest of the country.
As for the price of a plane ticket to Thailand, a Bangkok-Paris round trip will cost less than 600 € while a one-way, for those who wish to continue to visit South East Asia can be found at less than 430 €.
The Many Dive Sites in Thailand
Since the beginning of the article, I speak of the Southern Islands, but I should be saying a little more about them. To be honest, I have not visited all of them. I dived at several West Coast Islands (Ko Phi Phi, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta, Ko Lipe). From a quality standpoint diving spots, not much difference between one and the other. Ko Phi Phi is a little more expensive than others. However, as an island, Ko Lipe, much smaller, or even Ko Lanta, which will allow a more friendly relationship with the people you are diving with. A little more significant.
So I have not been on the East Coast, but Ko Tao is considered a must for diving in Thailand. Rates are very attractive, and corals are the finest in the country as many claims.
The Different Proposed Diving Experiences
The standard formula is a day trip includes two dives and food. An instructor typically takes care of two people at a time, but on Ko Phi Phi, following an “unforeseen” I saw an instructor that was looking after four people at the same time … Individuals who dive often can also take on PADI Certifications, recognized everywhere in the world. Finally, individualized travel lovers prefer the formulas for several days on small cruise ships aka liveaboards. But beware, this is not the same cost!