Phuket, Phi Phi Islands, Khao Lak and Ao Nang Beach are the most popular resort places for a Thailand diving vacation. Phuket is best positioned to serve the entire region and is popular with party-goers, whilst Khao Lak is ideally positioned to focus on the northern Thai Andaman Sea. Ao Nang is set on the peaceful and amazingly lovely Krabi shoreline throughout Phang Nga Bay, and Phi Phi’s magic draws sunseekers and visitors for the beaches and a piece of island-life.
The greatest draw-card here are the value-for-money liveaboards which will bring divers to the world-class diving sites in the Similans, Burma and Hin Daeng.
The attractive Similan Islands are the most popular Thai scuba location, with excellent underwater surroundings and exceptional exposure in its aquamarine waters. Big deep water stone developments create bold swim-throughs along with providing dramatic backdrops to its vibrant reef slopes. You can dive here by liveaboard or day trips.
The world popular Richelieu Rock is maybe the Thailand’s most well-known diving location. It ranks as one of the top locations on the planet for diving with whale sharks. Koh Bon and Koh Tachai are great for manta rays and white suggestion reef shark encounters.
Hin Daeng is your best possibility to see grey reef sharks. Besides that, it’s also the second home in the Andaman Sea for whale sharks and mantas. Check out Hin Daeng and you’ll experience the enjoyment of diving Thailand’s greatest vertical wall. Close-by caves and caverns add to the excitement of adventure.
Koh Samui is the perfect base for exploring the Gulf of Thailand. The diving might not be quite as differed as in Phuket and the Similan Islands. However, there are some excellent dive areas around Samui and Koh Tao which can be combined with Samui’s exceptional resorts.