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Krabi or Phuket

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by anje77o, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. anje77o

    anje77o Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
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    Hello, I'm visiting Thailand at the end of December. For best visibility and abundant marine life, do you guys recommend Krabi or Phuket? And which do you recommend staying in? Do you recommend Phi Phi island for diving?
     
  2. Bubble Junky

    Bubble Junky Course Director

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    I would recommend Koh Lanta. From Lanta you have the easiest access to Hin Daeng & Hin Muang, Koh Ha, and the dive sites of Phi Phi. All from a very cool, relaxed island...
     
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  3. UFOrb

    UFOrb Barracuda

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    +1 for Lanta. But if it were between Krabi and Phuket I’d choose Krabi. Obviously a lot depends on what you want topside as they’re all different.
     
  4. RalliFTO

    RalliFTO Angel Fish

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    I've been to both and am choosing to head back to Krabi with the family again. Krabi is slightly more relaxing and family oriented though can be slightly boring as it's a rather small town imo.

    The dive sites are shared with Phuket so you'll also see Phuket dive boats when you are at the dive sites but the boat ride from Krabi to the dives sites are shorter.

    All the best in your decision!
     
  5. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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    The boat rides to King Cruiser area are shorter from Phuket, plus from Phuket you can also dive in the Racha area.

    You're comparing Ao Nang (more relaxing and family oriented) to Patong, just one of the places on Phuket. Kata and Ao Nang are IMO much more comparable.
     
  6. anje77o

    anje77o Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: California
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    Thanks for the replies. We've decided to stay in Phuket for 2 days and on Phi Phi Island for 2 days... which areas do you recommend for diving? Phi Phi, Similan Islands?
     
  7. JackOfDiamonds

    JackOfDiamonds ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Phi Phi has some pretty cool area's, the viking's cave is amongst my favorite.
     
  8. Mr. Sunday

    Mr. Sunday Instructor, Scuba

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    I'd head for the Similans during that timeframe. Phi Phi is nice but Similans diving is better imo.
     
  9. anje77o

    anje77o Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: California
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    I think I definitely want to do both. Is Similan for advanced divers only? How about diving Phi Phi vs Phuket?
     
  10. UFOrb

    UFOrb Barracuda

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    In my fairly limited experience of diving the area, I enjoyed the sites closer to Phi Phi more, such as the Bida sites & Koh Haa, but you can visit many of the same sites from both places, as well as Krabi.
    Be aware that, as beautiful Koh Phi Phi is topside, the main area Ton Sai Bay is totally over-developed these days. I was shocked by what I saw last time I visited in 2014.
     
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