Diving at the Andaman Coast
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For Europeans and North Americans that like to escape winter and who enjoy diving we recommend visiting the Andaman Coast in Thailand from November until May. The Andaman Sea is probably among the top 5 dive destinations for everyone who has ever visited this area. This is the place to view manta rays, whale sharks (from February to May), reef sharks and an overwhelming diversity of marine life.
From November to May you can enjoy the tropical climate and fantastic diving on this side of Thailand. The water is clear and the weather is perfect. The monsoon period usually lasts from June to October, making some dive sites inaccessible. You can dive at the tropical islands of Phuket, Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe and the Phi Phi islands. From Khao Lak and Krabi on the mainland you can visit some of those breathtaking dive sites.
Thailand is the land of a thousand smiles. The beauty of the landscape, stretching from lush green mountainous landscapes to tropical rainforest that is full of wild animals. Thailand takes you past ancient Buddhist temples, hidden monasteries and idyllic virgin white sand beaches like on the Andaman Coast.
Where to stayWe visited this area in 2008 and we recommend to stay at the Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort (if you have a budget). From start to end, the experience was fantastic. This resort has all the world class amenities you are looking for and the staff was always willing to serve with smile. Our room was very clean and had an excellent view of ocean from the balcony. It is a nice location perfect for peace and quiet. The hotel is set in acres of gardens which are beautifully maintained and has two great pools in front of the beach. They get an average rating of 8.9 on booking.com.
Best time to visit
When winter arrives in the US and in Europe, you will find great weather conditions on the Andaman Coast. The high season falls from November to April. Since November is the end of the rainy season and April is the start it is best to visit the coast in this period. For those who want to be sure of perfect weather the best travel time is December to March.