Frequently asked questions

Thailand

Travel

The Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) has been introduced following the sanitary crisis. This needs to be obtained prior to travelling and details can be found here: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/special-tourist-visa-thailand

Visa Information

 

Thailand - Passport holders of most western countries will be issued a single entry* visa or entry stamp upon arrival for a stay of up to 30 days* in Thailand. Nationals of countries not included in Thailand's Visa Exemption scheme may need to obtain a tourist visa from their nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Thai Consulate, or apply on-line for a visa on arrival. Further information relating to Thailand visas and entry requirements can be found on the Thai Immigration Bureau's website here: https://www.immigration.go.th/

 

To check if you need a visa to enter Thailand, or if you have any queries about entry requirements, please check with the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate General in your home country. Contact details and locations of Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General are available at

www.thaiembassy.org

 

Passport Validity

 

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. Entry to Thailand is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing. 

 

Visa and passport regulations for different countries are constantly in a state of flux. We always advise our guests to check their nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Thai Consulate regularly for updates and changes. 

 

Proof of onward travel and funds

 

Immigration officials in Thailand may ask you to show a confirmed ticket to leave Thailand within the maximum number of days you can stay in the country as proof of onward travel (e.g. a return or onward air ticket). Immigration officials may also ask for evidence of adequate finances equivalent to 10,000 Baht per person, or 20,000 Baht per family (for on-arrival-visa visitors).

Health

 

No specific vaccinations are required unless you are coming from or passing through contaminated areas. However, we strongly advise that you ensure that your standard vaccinations are up-to-date (tetanus, polio, MMR, etc.) and check with your nearest travel clinic for the latest information and recommendations.

 

Please make sure you use insect repellent and cover exposed skin to reduce the risk of Dengue Fever and other insect borne diseases. 

 

Yellow fever certificates are required for those who are coming from the following 14 countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Angola, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritania, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan and Zaire.

 

Travelling with Medications

 

There are certain medications, including psychotropics and painkillers containing Codeine, which are restricted or prohibited to bring into Thailand. Guidelines from the Thai FDA can be downloaded here: Guidance For Travelers carrying personal medication

 

If you are travelling with medication, please ensure you bring your physician’s prescription with you.

We recommend arriving in Phuket at least one day before the departure date of your liveaboard to allow for possible flight delays and to ensure that you are well rested before the start of your cruise. If you are planning to arrive on the day of embarkation for a Thailand itinerary, your flight arrival time should be no less than 3 hours before your liveaboard embarkation time (4 hours for 18:00 departures from Chalong Pier).

Transfer between Phuket Airport and Tap Lamu Pier (Khao Lak) is approximately 1hr.
Transfer between  Phuket Airport and Chalong Pier is approximately 1 ½hrs, depending on traffic..

Please allow at least 2-3 hrs for international flight check-in and 1 ½-2hrs for domestic flights.

Country Information

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Thai is the language of Thailand, which remains largely incomprehensible to the casual visitor. However, nearly all Thais who work in the tourism industry speak some level of English, and Thai-English road and street signs are found nationwide. More than 90% of all Thais are Buddhists, although they have always subscribed to the ideal of religious freedom, thus, sizeable minorities of Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs freely pursue their respective faiths.

The local currency is the Thai Baht (THB). The majority of established hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards. However, smaller, family-run places probably will not. There are money-changers and ATM machines located at the airport and at the ports.

Thailand has a great internet and cell cover. Connection may be limited in rural areas and in inhabited areas.

There are 3 distinct seasons – “Summer” from March through May, “Rainy” (still with plenty of sunshine) from June to September and “Cool” from October through February. The average annual temperature is 28°C (83°F), ranging anywhere from 30°C in April to 25°C in December. Thailand’s tropical climate is influenced by the southwest and northeast monsoons. From Late May to October, the southwest monsoon hits the western coast of Thailand, and the northeast monsoon sweeps the Gulf of Thailand (east coast) between mid-October to mid-December.
Water temperatures in the Similan Islands & Mergui Archipelago average around 28°C (80F), although sometimes you may experience thermoclines.

Health services in Thailand are generally very good. Hospitals in major tourist destinations have modern technology and well trained doctors, including several in Phuket. Please make sure you use insect repellent and cover exposed skin to prevent any insect borne diseases. We recommend that travelers follow normal precautions with food in order to prevent stomach upsets, and be sure to drink bottled water only.

There are 2 recompression chambers in Phuket which can be reached within a few hours by speed boat from anywhere in the Similan Islands.

During Your Trip

The water temperature averages 28°C (80F) and most divers are comfortable with a 3mm wetsuit.

The vessel is on 220V and has power outlets typical to Thailand which will accommodate Type A, C, E & F plugs. Please bring adaptors as there are non available on board.

There is no free Wifi available on board. If our guests want / need internet access for their trip, suggest they buy a Thai sim card with data package upon arrival in Thailand.
However, in and around the Similan and Surin Islands, there is limited mobile network and around Phuket's southern islands and Phi Phi, phone signal is fair but intermittent.

You can pay all your onboard extras by card or in cash (THB, USD, EUR & GBP).