Thailand has some of the best diving spots in Southeast Asia! There’s a vast variety of soft and hard corals, and many types of marine animals, making the underwater scene in Thailand colourful and lively. In addition, the many national marine parks promote conservation and sustainable tourism.
If you’re planning to dive in Thailand, consider these 11 diving routes!
- Phang Nga
Traveling within Phang Nga is filled with all kinds of adventure, especially to dive and surf.
Positioned in the centre of the Andaman Sea, this island has something for all water lovers, like dive sites, scenic sunset views, water sports and sailing yachts.
Enjoy nature at its best in Krabi. Other than diving and other marine activities, you can also explore caves, canals, and climb cliffs!
- Ko Lipe, Satun
This is a dive trip that encompasses all kinds of adventure – from diving to admiring colourful coral reefs, and paddle boarding to relaxing on a private island.
- South Andaman (on a liveaboard)
This is a favourite option for divers because of the many signature dive sites on one trip in the Andaman Sea, south of Phuket. The journey starts at Ao Chalong Pier and liveaboards will visit the sites in Krabi, Trang, and Ko Lipe (Lipe Island) in the Satun province.
- Ko Tao, Surat Thani
When you arrive at the epicentre of diving in Thailand, not only must you go diving, you cannot miss out on other fun activities like scooter tours, visit night markets or see a six-metre whale skeleton that was found on top of a mountain!
Aside from the beautiful sea, Chumphon also has great food and culture too.
- Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan
Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan have beautiful dive sites, amazing beaches and various marine sports to enjoy.
- Pattaya – Chonburi
This is a typical route for sea lovers in Bangkok. You can fill your days with diving, marine sports and enjoy scenic views on the beautiful beaches.
Many people do not know that Rayong has one of the greatest dive sites in the region. Rayong Pinnacle is famous for its big wall blanketed by hard and soft corals, massive anemone blooms, schools of barracuda, fusilier and even whale sharks!
- Chanthaburi – Trat
Travel to the Eastern Thai sea to explore the biggest ship wreck in Thailand, the HTMS Chang. Decommissioned and sunk by the Thai navy in 2012, the HTMS Chang was to perform her final role as an artificial reef off the south west of Koh Chang. The 100-metre long wreck now lies at around 25 metres in the water.
Photo Credit: Bunyarit Traisuthamporn