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  1. stevenl

    Phuket Sandbox from 1st Jul 2021.

    All local diving destinations are available again from Phuket, so also Phi Phi.
  2. stevenl

    Phuket Sandbox from 1st Jul 2021.

    Not AFAIK, it may be part of some more restructuring, there's also talk about foreigners being allowed to buy land, but of course under very strict conditions.
  3. stevenl

    Phuket Sandbox from 1st Jul 2021.

    The digital nomad visa that has been talked about would be more high end, I doubt she would meet the requirements.
  4. stevenl

    Phuket Sandbox from 1st Jul 2021.

    I appreciate the information you have given here, but lately your information on this and entry requirements into Thailand have turned more into not very helpful rants. In this case her home is not Germany anymore, she wants to make a new home. So 'returning home' is not an option.
  5. stevenl

    Dec/Jan Dive Locations Quickly Accessible by Flight From BKK

    I feel this is blown out of proportions due to the fact that Thailand has been spared from Covid for a long time. The number of daily cases mentioned here is just over 3,000, the UK with a comparable population has on a daily basis over 16,000 cases, has had those numbers for a long time now...
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    Dec/Jan Dive Locations Quickly Accessible by Flight From BKK

    Thanks for the accurate assessment after the previous bickering.
  7. stevenl

    Dec/Jan Dive Locations Quickly Accessible by Flight From BKK

    Agree with a lot you're saying, but travel time to Shark Point is almost 2 hours. And yes, you are comparing apples and oranges by stating the comparison is about quality of diving, and then throwing convenience and other factors in as well. Now you're comparing quality with preference. You're...
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    Dec/Jan Dive Locations Quickly Accessible by Flight From BKK

    Also for small lige Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are excellent. Muck diving, I don't think there is any real muck diving anywhere in the area. Yes, divesites are closer, which is very convenient. But that doesn't affect the quality of diving, if anything in the long run it will have a negative impact.
  9. stevenl

    Blacktip reef sharks

    Most likely in one of the protected areas where diving is banned at the moment.
  10. stevenl

    Dec/Jan Dive Locations Quickly Accessible by Flight From BKK

    Yes, nice atmosphere and cool island, although last years it has been build up a lot. But 'Oustanding diving' really is over the top. Some sites are on par with e.g. Shark Point, and it is considerbly less diving than from Koh Lanta with Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Koh Haa. The liveaboards from...
  11. stevenl

    Latest entry requirement to Thailand

    Works half of the time is not correct. Also don't forget that vaccinations, including second jabs, are at full speed at the moment.
  12. stevenl

    Dec/Jan Dive Locations Quickly Accessible by Flight From BKK

    How about a Myanmar liveaboard( easily accessible from Phuket.
  13. stevenl

    Latest entry requirement to Thailand

    In general it is not really bad. Yes, those stats can give am inaccurate picture of the effects on the ground of rain, see here for a more practical overview.
  14. stevenl

    Latest entry requirement to Thailand

    You will need a flight ticket to Phuket, atm it looks like transit via Bangkok will be possible, as long as the ticket is to Phuket.
  15. stevenl

    Latest entry requirement to Thailand

    It is all not set in stone yet. Monday there is a meeting of the full committee, after that the PM has to make the finalk decision which will then be published.
  16. stevenl

    Latest entry requirement to Thailand

    Not real damage, but with many people diving there it could do with rest. And now is the time to really enforce some rest there, so I expect and hope they're going to follow through with this plan.
  17. stevenl

    Latest entry requirement to Thailand

    I got mine abroad already.
  18. stevenl

    Latest entry requirement to Thailand

    Time of year has no effect on visibility here, but weather might. That means Racha Yai and Racha Yai will be possible and safe to go to nearly every day, and there are sheltered bays there. King Cruiser area will be possible most days but can be challenging depending on the wind. Phi Phi area is...
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    Where to stay

    Still the occasional liveaboard going South, but nothing to Similans etc.
  20. stevenl

    Where to stay

    "Effectively no diving outside this period, at least to the major sites that people travel there for." Not true. Diving at sites like King Cruiser, Racha Islands, Shark Point, Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai is year round.
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