The Junk

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The Junk Overview

The Junk Liveaboard dive boat
Boat rating : 9/10 Based on 12 divers
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Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Khao Lak. Phuket.
No. of guests: 18
Prices from: 32,500
26,000 THB per diver

The Junk is a very strange name for a very special boat. She is officially called June Hong Chian Lee and is a completely refurbished cargo vessel which was first built in Malaysia. This is the same boat used in the James Bond movie, The Man With the Golden Gun. Nowadays, the boat takes diving guests on liveaboard diving cruises around the best diving sites of Thailand. Although her age and appearance suggest traditional sailing and far from luxurious living conditions, the opposite is true of this remarkable yacht. She has facilities befitting the best diving and pleasure craft in the Andaman Sea and can comfortably take up to 18 passengers in air-conditioned comfort.

There are several cabin types on The Junk. The double cabins can be made into twins, and the triple cabins can be made into a double, with a single bunk. In total, there are two cabins for two guests (we call them doubles), two cabins that take three guests (triple), and two four-bunk cabins. All of them are cosy, have air-conditioning and a private en-suite bathroom with proper toilets and showers. The air-conditioned lounge saloon has AV entertainment and a comprehensive library of books, but guests usually choose to be out on deck looking at the view, topping up a tan, or enjoying the sea breeze.

The-junk-inside-similans-divingAt 33m long and 8.5m wide, The Junk is the perfect size for passengers to enjoy stability and space on board. The traditional design and materials give an intangible feeling of being part of something very special, while modern comforts make sure that the happiness lasts throughout the journey. Two Bauer compressors, two motorized tender dinghies and up-to-date safety & communication features are standard.

Those lucky enough to take a cruise on The Junk will enjoy the delicious food, comfortable cabins and communal areas, and can spend hours enjoying the views, reading a novel, sharing dive experiences, or learning about the history of this very special boat. In addition to the famous James Bond classic, The Junk has featured in several movies.

From late October to May The Junk has trips to Thailand's Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock. All of these trips depart in the evening, either from Khao Lak or Phuket. The 4D/4N trips return mid-afternoon, and the 5D/6N trips give you an extra day diving and two extra nights on board. You disembark in the morning after breakfast. During the low season (May-September) The Junk has short trips from Phuket to the best dive sites around Koh Phi Phi & Phuket. These trips are excellent value and very popular. Departure is usually in the morning, and return late in the afternoon two or three days later.

Recently the local authorities in Thailand made a new regulation that all diving has to be done from dinghies, not from the rear diving deck of purpose-built dive boats. So, now all those dive boats have to use dinghies. However, The Junk team have always been doing it this way, and the crew and facilities are already well set up and experienced.

Two more things that make diving from The Junk so attractive are the incredibly-well-organised team and the special offers. The organisation is thorough from the beginning of the booking process, through to leading up to the departure day, and then everything on board runs like clockwork. And for people who book early, or leave it to the last minute, there are often special offer discounts to be had.

Genuine The Junk Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with The Junk
Anne The Junk
Divers Nationality: Luxembourger
Dive date: 03 April 2023
Boat rating: 9/10
Iconic boat kept in impeccable condition with the loveliest staff. Everybody looked after us so well, before, during and most of all after our dives by keeping us well fed. Great experience!
Cailyn The Junk
Divers Nationality: American
Dive date: 12 November 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
The entire experience was wonderful from start to finish. We booked through No Troubles Just Bubbles for our first live-a-board experience as part of our month long honeymoon trip through Thailand. Jamie was extremely attentive and communicative and we had a wonderful experience working with him. We both ended up getting our advanced open water certification and had an amazing time in the Similan islands. The Junk crew was incredible, the food was wonderful, and I would recommend this live-a-board experience through No Trouble Just Bubbles to anyone. Thank you for an unforgettable experience more
Hazel The Junk
Divers Nationality: British
Dive date: 27 December 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
We had a fabulous time on the Junk. The diving, the people, the crew and the food were all excellent. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who loves diving and will hopefully return myself soon! ?❤️
Linda The Junk
Divers Nationality: New Zealander
Dive date: 27 December 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
Such an excellent trip. Fabulous boat, great crew and the best of care. Highly recommended.
Gregory Enjalbert
Divers Nationality: French
Dive date: 12 April 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
Beautiful boat and Marco does a great job at keeping us safe and entertained at the same time. Food is great and the staff super attentive, also a tight ship with everyone knowing what they have to do. The dive guides were good and made us enjoy many different dive sites more
Pao The Junk
Divers Nationality: Thai
Dive date: 04 September 2020
Boat rating: 10/10
Dive leaders and the staffs are really nice. Bedroom is good.
Divers Nationality: American
Dive date: 27 September 2019
Boat rating: 10/10
Our trip was on The Junk was a diver’s dream and I’m really glad we booked through Jamie from No Troubles Just Bubbles. He oversaw the whole booking and information gathering process, and was immediately responsive at every turn. We live in t he Caribbean and dive very regularly, but I’ve never felt worse about Caribbean diving than after spending three days diving in Thailand! So many fish, so much diversity, and the most lively corals you’ve ever seen. As for the Junk, it was an extremely well-run operation with non-stop mouth-watering meals. Highly recommended across the board — we will be back. more
Vickicarmady The Junk
Divers Nationality: Australian
Dive date: 13 September 2019
Boat rating: 7/10
All good lovely staff nice food
Divers Nationality: Irish
Dive date: 05 September 2017
Boat rating: 10/10
Had an AMAZING time on the Junk Liveaboard. We did the 1 night 2 day trip and my only complaint was that it wasn't longer. The boat and dive crew went above and beyond to accommodate us and the food (of which there's PLENTY) is some of the best I had in Thailand. This is a trip not to be missed, you won't regret it! Absolutely no troubles and many many bubbles! more
Sarina and Dao
Divers Nationality: Thai
Dive date: 19 March 2016
Boat rating: 10/10
The Junk Liveaboard dive boat
The Junk
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Khao Lak. Phuket.
No. of guests: 18
From: 32,500
26,000 THB per diver
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