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Diving Similan and Richelieu Rock in March

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by igneous, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. igneous

    igneous Angel Fish

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    Im looking to do a liveaboard in the beginning of March, and from my research so far it seems like Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock trips are the way to go for me. I'm hoping to see some manta rays and as much sea life as possible, and would appreciate any tips. I'm going to be in Myanmar for the last 3 weeks of february, then hopefully laos for a week or so after this dive trip in march. It seems like most flights are through bangkok, so I'm trying to position this to be as cheap and painless as possible. From what I saw, most boats go out from between ranong and phuket right? Any thoughts about getting down here from Bangkok(or myanmar if better)? I dont think the lower area of myanmar(like myeik) are in my plans at the moment.
    I'm a female and going to be on my own as well, if that matters. I'm advanced open water nitrox.
    These boats seem to be pretty decent:
    Similan Liveaboard - Dolphin Queen
    Bavaria
    Any suggestions or ideas about better liveaboard options would be amazing thanks!
     
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  2. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    There is NO way you can cover Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Xieng Khouang(Plain of Jars) and Luang Prabang in a week. Take the overnight train from Bangkok to Nong Khai and Vientiane is NOT that far away across the Mekong. Work your way up to Luang Prabang and then a slow boat to Huay Xai and cross over to Northern Thailand in Chiang Khong. Chiang Rai is 3hrs away and Chiang Mai is another 3-4hrs by bus.
     
  3. igneous

    igneous Angel Fish

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    laos is far from a sure thing, depends on my desire and if I need to get back to the US to work :eek:
     
  4. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    You will be kicking yourself for not visiting Laos when it is literally right on your door step.
    You should take extra time off if that is possible.
    I don't recall Burma being expensive but that was 26yrs ago.
     
  5. naui_bigfoot

    naui_bigfoot Angel Fish

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    Wow! What a dive trip! Envy you. :)
     
  6. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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  7. Mr. Sunday

    Mr. Sunday Instructor, Scuba

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    Go to Laos. It's well worth the effort imo. You can fly to Luang Prabang and Phuket via Bangkok.

    I'll be there in a few weeks. 5 day Similans live aboard ....Cant wait!
     

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