(Bangkok, Phuket, Similian Islands)
Take the plunge and voyage into the deep with this diving tour through one of the most spectacular marine paradise on the planet, Thailand’s exotic Similian Island. Listed by the National Geographic Society as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world, the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea’s archipelago are legendary amongst knowledgeable divers. Travel in comfort aboard a stylish new ship accompanied by expert instructors and friendly crew. A vibrant kaleidoscope of coral reefs & sea creatures await, spot giant sea turtles, sharks, colourful mosaics of fish and more. Featuring four dives per day, private guided Bangkok, delicious meals, time in Phuket, hotels and internal flights. *Book November through April. Excludes National Park fees and equipment rental.
A private vehicle with English-speaking guide and driver will transfer you between the airport and your hotel. The driving time is roughly 45 minutes.
Park Plaza Sukhumvit Hotel is located in the centre of Bangkok`s thriving Asoke/Sukhumvit district - the city`s most sought after business, retail and entertainment area. Its prime position makes access to Bangkok`s historic buildings, shopping centres and riverside attractions easy. The Queen Sirikit Convention Center is within easy walking distance. The hotel overlooks the picturesque Benjakitti Park and lake.
A visit to the Royal Grand Palace - the nation’s landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand, with the enclosed and dazzling Wat Phra Keo with its revered Emerald Buddha, the Golden Chedi, the Pantheon of the Chakri Kings and the Eight Coloured Towers is a must. It is considered by many to be a living example of classical Siamese Court, being the former residence of the kings of Thailand. Wat Pho is also regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple served to educate people on varied subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, meditation and is considered to be the home of Thai traditional massage. Here, you will enjoy a 30-minute Thai massage as an excellent break after a morning sightseeing. Experience an afternoon trip along the bustling Chao Phya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long tail boat enjoy scenes of life by water. You'll be introduced to a serene, more traditional way of living, away from the high-rise and modern buildings of Bangkok City Centre, as you gently pass Thonburi residential areas. A stop will be made at the “Temple of Dawn” (officially named Wat Arun). Finally, a visit to the Flower and vegetable market will round off the day. Located close to the Chao Phraya River, this part of Bangkok brings you to a rural piece of Bangkok where you'll find a vast selection of all kinds of flowers, especially orchids and tropical flowers and see how the merchants create very special flower garlands. The end of this Bangkok day ends at the Golden Mountain. Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings.
Fly from Bangkok to Phuket.
You will be welcomed by private car with an English speaking guide and transferred between the airport and your Phuket hotel.
Cape Panwa Hotel is situated on a hilltop, in the secluded and hauntingly beautiful southern part of Phuket. Every guestroom has a spacious balcony and commands panoramic views of the Andaman Sea and offshore islands. Good facilities, gardens, virtually private beach and accommodation which includes superior rooms, suites and 2-bedroom bungalows. Swim, sail, snorkel, ski, surf... or simply lie on a secluded, sandy beach. Cape Panwas beach offers year-round swimming in the crystal waters of the Andaman Sea. From a boat pier, the yacht casts off for the other islands.
Scheduled pick up (between 4-8pm), transfer to Thap Lamu pier, Phang Nga to waiting White Manta. Warm Welcome and Dinner served.
Sail overnight to Similans (sailing time between 4-5 hours).
MV White Manta is a solid 36m steel long range diving support vessel. She is very stable, strong, and runs on twin 700hp Cummins engine. All Captains, boat crew and dive crew have many years of experience in the waters surrounding the Similan and Surin Islands. She carries 2x 450 liter L&W compressors; one with air cooler and a Nitrox membrane system. She also carried 20 ton of fresh water and 2 water makers.With 2 large support chase boats, you can be assured of your safety diving in strong current condition. Since her launch in April 2011 she continues to WOW new and existing guests alike with her space and comfort all around.
Today you will dive Anita’s Reef (check dive), Boulder City, Shark Fin Reef, Waterfall Bay for a total of four dives.
Today you will dive Elephant Head Rock, West of Eden, North Point, Koh Bon West Ridge/ Bay for a total of four dives.
Today you will dive Koh Tachai Pinnacle, Richelieu Rock (x2), Koh Tachai Reef for a total of four dives.
This morning you will do two dives at Koh Bon Pinnacle and Boonsung wreck.
Return to Thap Lamu pier, Phang Nga by 3pm.
Fly today from Phuket to Bangkok.
VISA/PASSPORTU.S. and Canadian citizens staying for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa, but must possess a valid passport and may be asked to show an onward/return ticket.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Thailand for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/thailand.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Bangkok. Government: Constitutional monarchy. Language: Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering for tourists. Religion: The vast majority adhere to Buddhism (Theravada form), 5% are Muslim and there are Christian and Hindu minorities. Time: GMT + 7. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are standard. Telephone: Country code +66. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. There is good coverage, especially around main towns. Internet: There are plenty of Internet cafes, some even found in remote areas visited by tourists.
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