Thailand Diving Holidays: An Overview

Thailand is a vibrant blend of cultures and breathtaking natural scenery and, understandably, the most popular destination in South East Asia. Energetic, cosmopolitan Bangkok combines the feel of a modern Asian city with reminders of the past, and contrasts dramatically with the serenity of the ancient temples and tranquil villages of the interior. Thailand's long coastline and the many islands that lie just offshore offer superb beaches, snorkelling and diving. The north offers a completely different experience, with trekking, jungle and some outstanding new hotels opening in recent years around Chiang Mai.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Some of the best beaches on Earth with endless white sand and turquoise waters.
  • Incredible opportunities to explore the culture and nature of this beautiful country.
  • Excellent choice of hotels , everything from the supremely luxurious to good value.
  • Beautiful liveaboards for diving around the Similan Islands.
  • Did we mention the food?

Our Guide to Thailand Diving Holidays

The country is also renowned for its fabulous food, making this a destination of many attractions, and Original Diving consultants have visited and revisited several times in the last few years to keep up to speed with new hotels and activities.

Thailand has some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, with dramatic scenery, superb beaches, warm seas and a number of top-class beach resorts. To the south lies Phuket, the largest island in Thailand. Mountainous and heavily forested, the island has a tropical climate and beautiful stretches of coastline. The surrounding region also boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in Asia.

To the west of Phuket lies the Andaman Sea and the Similan Islands, while to the east lies the protected Gulf of Phuket, home to Phang Nga Bay and the beautiful islands of Koh Phi Phi. The islands make great day-trip destinations by boat, and also offer superb scuba diving with the biggest draw without a doubt being the Similans, still a world-class diving destination. While the islands are most conveniently dived by liveaboard (we can arrange that too) you can also access them from the coast.


Original Highlight

The overhanging spa at Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai took 15 minutes of trekking to reach, but the sublime setting amidst the bamboo forest is well worth it.

Charlie, Original Diver

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Visa Requirements

Not required



Food & Drink

Tom Yang Goong, Pad Thai, Singha beer

What to pack

A Thai phrase book, purely because trying to pronounce Thai words is comedy value

Flight from London

11:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs

Top picks for Thailand



West Coast Thai Beaches

Overlooking a private bay on the quiet, northwest coastline of Phuket, the ultra-luxurious Trisara resort has arguably surpassed the Amanpuri as the finest resort on the island.

Where to stay

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SY Asia

Raja Ampat

SY Asia is a magnificent, 100ft luxury charter yacht launched in January 2009. She is now available for charter throughout Southeast Asia.

Where to stay

Picture of a traditional boat on the beach, Maha Bhetra

Maha Bhetra

Western Thailand

Imagine a floating Aman hotel that you have all to yourself and you have the Maha Bhetra which cruises from Amanpuri.

Where to stay

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If you want the ultimate in liveaboard luxury then look no further than Silolona. It really doesn’t get much better.

Where to stay

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Si Datu Bua


The sister boat to Silolona has arrived, and it is every bit as impressive and luxurious. Defining ‘Dive in Style’, this sailing yacht will allow you to experience some of the best diving spots on earth from the extreme comfort of Si Datu Bua.

Where to stay

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Western Thailand


Off the western coast of Thailand, a group of islands called the Similans are home to the very best diving that can be found in Thailand. Here you can find whale sharks, mantas and other large pelagics.

Where to go

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