Thailand is one of the best places to dive in Asia's southeast, bathed in the gorgeous Andaman Sea to the west and by the Gulf of Thailand to the east. You can find one of the most popular diving places in the Andaman: Similan islands, Phi Phi islands, Raja Koh and Shark Point, where the warm, clean water attracts shoals of tropical fish, manta rays and the impressive whale-sharks. The richness of the sea life combined with good visibility charms the underwater photographers and marine naturalists. Another of this Sea's attractions is Phuket island, known as "the Pearl of the South", in the tropical zone, formed by an infinite chain of magnificent bays and small islands that present an amazing underwater world of marine species and exotic and colorful coral formations. Beyond the Andaman Sea, in the Gulf of Thailand is another diving spot worth highlighting: Pattaya island, where you can see a numerous variety of soft and hard coral, as well as big shoals of jack fish, barracudas, tuna, stingrays and turtles, amongst many others.
Thailand is in the Asian southeast, limited by Laos and Cambodia to the east, Myanmar to the west and Malaysia to the south. Thailand is also known as Sion, the country's name until 1949. The country's northern region has a mountainous terrain, its highest peak the Doi Inthanon , with 2 567 m. The northwestern part has an elevated area called Khorat Plateau, surrounded on the east by the Mekong river, one of the biggest in the world. Thailand is in the tropical climatic area, so its climate is quite hot and characterized by monsoons. The vegetation is mostly rainforests.
To travel to Thailand, you must have a passport valid for at least six months. A visa, depending on your nationality, may also be mandatory. Please consult your travel agent or Thai Embassy or Consulate in your city for more informations. For the tourists who do not need a visa: they can stay up to 30 days , if coming by plane; or 15 days, if coming from a neighboring country, and must have a round-trip ticket a proof of monetary solvency for the stay.
The recommended vaccination for travelers are: Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, malaria, cholera, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus and rabies for those tourists who will be in close contact with animals. As is the case throughout South-East Asia, dengue fever can be encountered just about anywhere, including the most modern cities. The only prevention is avoiding mosquito bites; wear long pants and long sleeves at dusk in mosquito areas and use repellent. For more informations, please contact your doctor before traveling.
Thailand's time zone is UTC +7. DST in the summer.
Up-to-date technology and international connections via satellite allow Thailand a sophisticated communications system. International calls can be placed in every hotel and resort. Phone booth cards and recharges can be purchased in any Seven-Eleven and ThaiTel store. There is also internet service next to hotels and other places along the country.
Electricity in Thailand is 220 volts by 50 Hz. the plugs and sockets are the Euro and USA types.
The availability of drugs in Thailand can mislead tourists into making light of the penalties for possessing or selling drugs, but that is unwise. The most common menace is stray dogs which frequent even the streets of Bangkok. The vast majority of which are passive and harmless, but a few of which may carry rabies, so steer clear of them and do not, by any means, feed or pet them. Do not get into fights with Thais. Foreigners will eventually be outnumbered 15 to 1 and weapons are usually involved. Taking off one's shoes at temples and private homes is mandatory etiquette, and this may even be requested at some shops. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are highly inappropriate, as are short skirts. It's illegal to show disrespect to royalty, a crime which carries up to 15 years imprisonment.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Thailand? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Thailand, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Thailand have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Thailand and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Thailand? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Thailand? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Thailand.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Thailand? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Thailand. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.