The Kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is surrounded by the countries of Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia, with Malaysia to its south. It is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonized. Bangkok is the capital city and the center for industrial, commercial, political, and cultural activities. It is also the seat of Thailand’s Royal Family. King Bhumibol Adulyadej has ruled for more than 63 years. He is the longest reigning Thai monarch and the longest reigning current monarch in the world.
Phuket Island, in the Andaman Sea, is the largest island in Thailand. It is connected to the mainland via the Sarasin Bridge. Chalong, in the southeast, is the starting point for most Phuket-based diving. The gorgeous Phi Phi Islands, along with a number of other dive sites, are easily accessible from Phuket. Expect beginner to intermediate level diving with walls, caves, wrecks, corals, lots of tropical fish, leopard sharks, and more. Further away are the Similan & Surin Islands. These world-class dive areas offer thriving reefs, lush corals, impressive sea fans, and an incredible variety of marine life, including large pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks. Some divers choose to stay in Khao Lak, on the west coast of mainland Thailand, in order to enjoy day trips to the Similan Islands. Live-aboard trips are available from both locations.
All international flights enter through the new Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. From there you will take a 1 hour and 25 minute domestic flight from Bangkok to Phuket. Thailand is 15 hours ahead of Los Angeles and 12 hours ahead of New York