After you take your "The Beach" selfie on Maya Bay - as is customary - the dive sites off the Phi Phi Islands like Ko Raya Yai will make you feel like you've jumped into an aquarium. Depending on the time of year you choose to visit, you might catch sight of moray eels, olive ridley sea turtles or a graceful manta ray.
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Nang Thong Beach is not only popular with snorkellers, it's also a great departure point to take day trips out the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock. Boasting coral walls, swim-throughs and one of the greatest profusion of reef fish in the Andaman Sea, this is the ultimate playground for divers.
Coral Island's dive site has an extremely light current, making it one of the calmest in Thailand and great for beginners. These ideal conditions make it easy to spot bright-coloured beauties like lion fish and angel fish.
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"Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also does this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation." The Buddha, circa 563 BC - 483 BC.
In Thailand, 93.6% of the population identifies as Buddhist and the country contains 38,000 temples and 300,000 monks. Located in the Wat Muang Monastery in Ang Thong province, The Great Buddha of Thailand is the ninth tallest statue in the world.
Ao Nang is the best place for some underwater island-hopping. The dive sites are only a short distance apart, but the scenery at each one is diverse. If you're an experienced diver and up for a challenge, ask your guide to take you to the King Cruiser wreck, a car ferry that sank in 1997 and which has since been transformed into an artificial reef.
Nai Thon Beach is one of Phuket's more tranquil beaches, but you wouldn't know that by dipping your dive mask beneath the surface. As part of Sirinat National Park, the crystal clear waters off Nai Thon are home to migrating sea turtles and fish-filled coral reefs. Waterproof cameras at the ready!
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Boat trips to Coral Island launch from jetty of the Cape Panwa Hotel.
The Hotel Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach offers snorkelling excursions on traditional long-tail boats.
Borrow a snorkel and some fins from the to get a fish-eye view of Phuket.
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