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Thailand

Thailand or the Kingdom of Thailand is a well-known and popular destination for diving trips since many years for Scandinavians. The country is more than 10% larger than Sweden in area and has nearly 70 million inhabitants. The climate varies greatly depending on where you are in the country. The northern parts can be quite cool with temperatures below 10°C degrees in winter and above 40°C degrees in summer. The southern parts have a more tropical climate and more consistent temperatures of around 30°C all year round. The rainiest month in Thailand is normally September and the driest is usually between December to April/May.

Southern Thailand is for diving

The southern parts are the ones that are interesting for a diving trip. Clearly a liveaboard on the west coast of the Andaman Sea will give you the best diving in Thailand. Here you will find places like Richelieu rock, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Similan Island, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang which are all among the most famous and better sites. A liveaboard is definitely preferable and they are offered all year round but to different locations.

There are also several famous dive sites a little closer to Phuket, Krabi, Kao Lak, Phi phi islands and Koh Lanta. Day trips from these locations are easy to make. Whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and zebra sharks are perhaps the most popular species to look for. But there is also a lot of fish and invertebrate and macro life as well as wrecks. On the east coast, Koh Samui and Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are the most famous, where whale sharks and manta rays are also sometimes seen at certain times of the year.

For those who want to go to Thailand and dive, a liveaboard is definitely preferable but it is possible to stay on land and do day trips to many sites as well. Feel free to combine a few days with accommodation on land or why not stop off for a few days in the vibrant world capital of Bangkok. Thailand's capital is an experience and will spice up your diving trip. Or fly via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and make a stop there.

Travel information Thailand

  • Time zone: GMT +7
  • Currency: Thai Baht
  • Language: Thai (English is spoken to some extent where tourism occurs)
  • Water: Avoid drinking tap water and ice made from tap water. Buy bottled water instead
  • Visa: As a Swedish citizen you do not need a visa to travel to Thailand for a maximum of 30 days.
  • Health: contact your nearest vaccination clinic for advice
  • Pressure chamber: available in Thailand, including Phuket, Koh Samui and Bangkok
  • Country code: +66
  • Electricity: 220-240 volts. Most electrical outlets correspond to our Nordic outlets (Type C) but others are sometimes available.
  • Weather: The climate is hot and tropical, temperatures vary between 10-40 degrees depending on the season and where you are in the country. The rainy season usually lasts from May to November, when short but often heavy showers usually occur in the afternoon.
  • Tips: about 5-10% of the bill is common.
  • Clothing recommendations: casual attire is appropriate at all times, even when visiting the finer, trendier restaurants.

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