From Bangkok – Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Chumphon or Surat Thani. A good plan is to travel by night choosing train #85. If you want a more restful night, the train stop at 7:30 am in Surat Thani.
Check here for timetable and book your ticket.
From Bangkok : “VIP” first class night bus from Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) direct, non-stop, to Ranong. There are buses leaving at around 19:00 and around 20:00. Take as late a bus as possible to avoid arriving too long before dawn. The trip takes about 8 hours
From Chumphon Bus Terminal
about 3 hours
From Surat Thani
about 4 hours
From Krabi: about 6 hours, Krabi Bus Terminal (Talat Kao)
From Khao Lak Bang Niang Bus Station : about 4 hours or there are small bus stops along the main road
From Takuapa (close to Khao Sok National Park): 3 1/2 hours from Takuapa bus Station
From Phuket Bus Terminal 2
The trip takes about 6 1/2 hours
In any case, your passport must still be valid for 6 months.
For Thailand, depending on your country of origin, and you come by plane or land, you will receive a 30 or 15 days exemption visa. All Visa general information can be found here on the Ministry of Foreign Affair of the Kingdom of Thailand ‘s Website.
Be sure that your visa permits multiple entries in Thailand. If you join one of our trips to Burma, ensure that your passport will be stamped on exit and re-entry to Thailand and that you have paid any overstay before boarding as it will delay the immigration process by a few hours if you haven’t done so.
For Thailand cruise, the park fees must be paid in Thai Baths.
For Burma cruises, the visa, border and diving entry fees must be paid in new US Dollars bank notes
Make sure you have enough cash with you for extras like beer, wine… and for the tips. If you were happy with the services of the crew, it is common to give 500 baths of tip per day per diver, all of which will be distributed equally among all crew members.
The climate of Thaïland and Myanmar are tropical with 3 distinct seasons : a dry and relatively cool season from November to February and a hot season from March to mid-May. The rainy season runs from mid-May to October and the sea can be rough.
The air temperature is between 23 and 35 °C while the sea is warm all over the year (28-30 °C)
No vaccine is required for Thailand and Burma but we advise you to consult your doctor before coming and obtain a medical certificate of proficiency in scuba diving. In any case, we will ask you to sign a Reliability form to state that you are fit for diving.
The boat has a complete first aid kit for emergencies but bring your own and personal medicines and personnal insurance covering traveling in Myanmar and Thailand . Most of the international credit cards includes one (VISA, Mastercard). Subscribe online. Don’t forget an insurance covering the diving activity. Visit our selected insurance partenr ‘s page to subscribe online. The diving insurance is mandatory.
We welcome non divers and snorkelers onboard. The landscape is magic and you will enjoy the uninhabited islands with white sand beaches surrounded by pristine clear water. But keep in mind that we will follow the schedule of the divers with 4 dives a day but you will get plenty of time for snorkeling or Stand up paddle.
For safety purposes, each diver must have its own diving computer and a SMB (Surface Marker Buoy). You can rent a dive computer and we supply free of charge a SMB to use for the trip for your safety. Please inform us in advance during the booking process.
The sea temperature is around 28-30 °C however we recommend wearing a wetsuit or a shorty of 3-5 mm.
Current can be strong in Burma so it’s better to get your Advanced and Deep Speciality before coming to maximise your pleasure but the sites are open to all.
Depending on your needs, you can rent :
Located at the West Coast of the Andaman Sea in Thailand and bordering Myanmar (Burma), Ranong remains an off the beaten track in Thailand, far from the touristic frenzy. This place is surrounded by moutains, rivers, waterfalls and mangrove forrest and is famous for its hotsprings. Don’t miss this preserved place of Thailand. Rent a scooter to discover the surroundings or book a trekking trip. We can arrange your stay in Ranong, just ask us.
Just a few miles offshore, lay the small islands Koh Chang (not the same Koh Chang located in the TRAT Province not far from Bangkok) and Koh Phayam. At Koh Phayam you will enjoy an untouch island with enough comfort for a splash in the ocean, a sunset walk down the beach or a starry night in a comfortable launge bed along the sea side. Koh Phayam offers a lot of bungalow opportunities with direct access to the beach.
There are ferries and speed boat to go there everyday. Don’t miss this hidden gem in the Andaman Sea.
We can arrange your stay there. Just ask us and send an email.
Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand is an amazing place. It is covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, huge limestone mountains shooting straight up in the air, deep valleys, breathtaking lakes, exciting caves, wild animals and much more. Visit www.khaosok.com for more informations.
We can arrange transportation to get there as well as your stay in the park. Just ask us and send an email.