Thailand is famous for many great things, including scuba diving among other sea-based activities. There are two main coastlines of Thailand. The Gulf of Thailand is home to Bangkok, Pattaya, and several beaches and islands. For scuba diving in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao is by far the most popular, but it’s also possible to dive from Koh Chang, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. The Gulf of Thailand merges into The South China Sea, and maybe the surrounding land and currents cause the visibility to be sometimes poor, usually average and from time to time great. Without doubt, the best scuba diving in Thailand is at dive sites on the country’s west side, in the Andaman Sea. Here the sea conditions are better, with more colourful corals and fishes, and usually better underwater visibility. Koh Tao may be where the most people learn to scuba dive, but the western dive sites are where the best diving conditions can be found. On the west coast of Thailand, there is one name that everyone in the industry knows, but the specific diving areas (including just outside Thailand) need to be explained in detail.
The Main Diving Areas can be separated into three main sections, and then separated again into more-specific zones.
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