Diving

Fact Sheet about diving in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand (FAQ)

he most important facts like dive conditions and climate, a list of dive operators (for places where there are more than 10 dive centers I have listed dive centers not anymore), dive safety (addresses of the hyperbaric chambers), and how to get to Burma and Thailand on one page and ready to print.

On this page: diving facts about Burma (Mergui - archipelago) and Thailand (west coast)
Look at my website about dive sites in Burma and Thailand
Click here to look at underwater photos taken in Burma and Thailand


How to get to Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand

Map of Burma: Burma maps on www.worldatlas.com / political map
Map of Thailand: Overview / Thailand maps on www.worldatlas.com

East coast of Thailand: International flights from all over the world, some directly to Phuket, others to Bangkok first
Koh Lanta: Fly to Phuket, take taxi to harbor, take ferry to Phi Phi Island (ca. 8.30am) and change to another ferry on to Saladan in Koh Lanta.
Burma:  Fly to Phuket in Thailand and then go by Minibus to Ranong, then watertaxi to the harbor of Kawthung (Burma). This transport is usually arranged by the travelcompany.
Burma and Thailand on the world map

Dive operators and liveaboards in Thailand and Burma (Myanmar)

Sorry - but there are so many that I have decided not to list them anymore, it has become too much hassle to update all the information


Weather averages in Phuket (Thailand)

Weather now in Phuket

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Best time to travel
Highest temperatures (C)
31
32
32
32
31
30
30
30
29
30
30
30
Lowest temperatures (C)
22
23
23
25
25
25
25
25
24
24
23
23
Daily hours of sunshine
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Rainy days
12
10
13
18
20
19
18
18
21
22
17
14
Precipitation (mm)
48
34
84
173
307
228
235
280
413
309
205
52
Humidity (%)
76
74
77
80
81
82
80
81
84
86
82
81
Water temperatures (C)
28
28
30
30
30
30
28
29
29
29
29
29

Weather averages in Ko Lanta (Thailand)

 

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Best time to travel
Highest temperatures (C)
32
33
33
33
33
32
32
32
32
31
31
31
Lowest temperatures (C)
24
24
24
25
25
25
25
25
24
25
24
24
Daily hours of sunshine
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Rainy days
7
7
12
17
17
22
20
20
22
24
17
14
Precipitation (mm)
63
78
256
299
154
244
294
255
392
284
140
85
Humidity (%)
83
82
85
84
84
85
82
84
86
86
85
82
Water temperatures (C)
28
28
30
30
30
31
30
30
30
29
29
29

Surin and Similan islands

Information about the Mu Koh Similan Marine National Park (Talaytai / Thaiways) Best time to go to the park is December to May (Not open in other period of the year).

Please check out the Similan Guide for more information.

Weather averages on the Surin islands (Thailand)

 

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Best time to travel
Highest temperatures (C)
31
33
35
36
35
33
33
32
32
31
30
29
Lowest temperatures (C)
16
19
22
23
24
24
23
23
23
22
20
16
Daily hours of sunshine
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Rainy days
3
5
10
11
25
22
25
24
22
17
10
3
Precipitation (mm)
4
18
49
75
168
183
199
221
271
138
28
7
Humidity (%)
69
65
67
70
80
81
81
82
84
82
74
67
Water temperatures (C)
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
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Mergui archipelago (Burma - Myanmar)

The Surin and Similan islands can only be reached by liveaboard charter

Weather averages

Weather now in Rangoon

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Best time to travel
Highest temperatures (C)
30
31
32
32
31
29
28
28
28
30
30
30
Lowest temperatures (C)
20
21
22
23
23
23
22
22
22
22
21
20
Daily hours of sunshine
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Rainy days
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Precipitation (mm)
25
52
77
122
417
750
822
750
612
302
95
20
Humidity (%)
68
68
73
80
89
88
89
90
87
84
72
67
Water temperatures (C)
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
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General information about Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand

Health: bring good sunscreen and something to avoid sandflies (beaches in Burma)

More information: lonely planet information about Burma and Thailand - yahoo information about Burma and Thailand


Dive conditions in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand

The dry season is from November to April. Water temperatures can be from 26C to 30C. I used a 3mm wetsuit.

In Thailand and Burma you don't have very good visibilities because the water is very rich with plankton. We encountered visibilities from ca. 5m to 25m. Under normal conditions you can expect mantas, whalesharks etc. There are no actual coral reefs, more like rocks and boulders, covered with hard and soft corals, oysters and barnacles.


Dive safety

Hyperbaric chambers (or recompression chamber) in Thailand:

There are several recompression chambers in Thailand to treat decompression sickness

Hyperbaric Services Thailand: SSS (Sub-aquatic Safety Services) Chamber Network www.sssnetwork.com

Bangkok: Department of Underwater and Aviation Medicine Somdel Pra Pinklao Naval Hospital Taksin Road Thonburi Bangkok 10600
Phone: (02) 475264144
Bangkok Badalveda Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Center Bangkok General Hospital 2 Soi Soonvijai 7 New Pethchburi Rd Bangkok Phone: 02310 3000

Pattaya: (becomes operational in Jan 2004) Badalveda Diving Medicine Center Bangkok, Pattaya Hospital Sukhumvit Rd Pattaya City Phone: 03842 7777

Phuket: SSS Recompression Network (Hyperbaric Services Thailand Ltd, Head office)
44/1 Moo 5, Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Road,
Vichit, Muang, Phuket 83000
OFFICE PHONE (66) 76 209 347
OFFICE FAX (66) 76 612 660
24hr Diving Emergencies (66) 810819000
E-MAIL phuket@sssnetwork.com

Koh Samui (Gulf of Thailand):
34/8 Moo 4, Bophut
Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand 84320
OFFICE PHONE (66) 77 427 427
OFFICE FAX (66) 77 427 377
24 hr Diving Emergencies (66) 810819555
E-MAIL samui@sssnetwork.com

Koh Tao:
Evacuation Center
24 hr Diving Emergencies (66) 810 819777
E-MAIL kohtao@sssnetwork.com

Krabi:
Evacuation Center
376/3 Moo 2,
Aonang ,Krabi, 81000
OFFICE PHONE (66) 75 638376
24 hr Diving Emergencies (66) 810819222
E-MAIL krabi@sssnetwork.com

Khao Lak:
Evacuation Center
24 hr Diving Emergencies (66) 810819444
E-MAIL khaolak@sssnetwork.com

For more information about hyperbaric chambers in Asia look at the dive safety page.


More Information about scuba diving in south-east Asia

Description of dive sites

Asia: Burma / Thailand
Indonesia: Bali (east, north, south) / Nusa Tenggara (Lombok, Komodo, Flores, Alor) / Sulawesi (Bunaken, Manado, Bangka, Tukangbesi islands, Makassar and Selayar, Lembeh strait, Siau and Sangihe islands, Palu, Togian and Banggai islands) / Kalimantan
Malaysia: East coast (Perhentians, Redang) / Overview Borneo / Sabah and Sarawak / Lankayan / Mabul and Sipadan
Philippines: Visayas (Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Siquijor) / Sangat and Palawan (Tubbataha Reef)
Galapagos islands: center Galapagos, north Galapagos, southeast Galapagos, west Galapagos

Fact sheets

Bali - Borneo and Kalimantan - Burma and Thailand - Galapagos - Malaysia(east coast) - Manado, Lembeh and Siau islands - Nusa Tenggara (Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo, Flores, Alor) - Moluccas (Ambon, Banda, Halmahera) - Palawan (Sangat, Tubbataha) - Sulawesi - Sulawesi central - Visayas (Bohol, Cebu, Negros, Siquijor)

Tauchplätze

Indonesien allgemein - Bali - Bali Nord - Bali Ost - Bali Süd - Bunaken - Bangka - Manado- Lembeh

Informations-Seiten

Bali - Bunaken, Manado, Lembeh, Siau

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