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It's possible, but you would have to charter your own speedboat, which would be stupidly expensive: quotes on the net vary from 8000 baht for a privately negotiated transfer to 15000 baht (!) to getting the Holiday Inn to pick you up in their own boat. Staying another night and taking the ferry across the next day will thus almost certainly be cheaper. In ...


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I checked the Wikipedia entries for Tehran Airport and Phuket Airport, but I think the direct flight from IKA-> HKT on Mahan Air has been terminated. That works in your favor, in my opinion, as Qatar Airways seems most friendly to divers. You can fly from Tehran to Phuket via Doha. From the Qatar Airways website: Qatar Airlines: Qatar Airways allows ...


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Air Asia is quite a large airline with a few more operating names. Basically if you plan to visit south east Asia, there is a very good chance that the cheapest flight you find would be an Air Asia one. AirAsia is, unfortunately considered a dangerous airline considering the number of crashes they had (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-...


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The Daily Mail is a rag, I wouldn't put a lot of weight on it. Air Asia X have (relatively) recently completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit which proves it is as safe as any other airline. As mentioned here, AirAsia Malaysia, AirAsia Thailand, AirAsia Indonesia, AirAsia Philippines, AirAsia India, AirAsia X Thailand and AirAsia X Indonesia are about to ...


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Please bear in mind that it's a quite long whole day journey. There are the following option to get from Langkawi to Phuket. I believe the same should work in reverse. By ferry: Tigerline (~3300-3700 THB) Service was launched at the end of 2012. High season route only (operating Nov - April). Check in point located inside the Kuah Jetty (located in ...


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There's absolutely no reason to bring your own, or even buy one. Every dive operation I've ever been on in Thailand and elsewhere in SE Asia has had a big box of weight belts, usually on the boat itself, which you're free to use. Most shops quote two prices for dives: "full kit rental" (ref, BCD, the works) or "tank and weights only". And since you have ...


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Off the beach snorkeling means on Krabi side of things (between Phuket and Krabi), all those islands will be fine, as well as small beaches like Ralay. In this day and age, air conditioning is easy to find just about everywhere. Good dining options means a larger island like Phi Phi and to a lesser degree Ralay, but if you can eat Thai food, finding good ...


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Phuket is not only the dive capital of Thailand, but a major worldwide center for diving. Online directories list as many as 50 scuba centers, many with retail operations, concentrated on Patong Beach. You will be able to find all the major equipment brands. For something simple like a weight belt, you can expect prices to be competitive with the UK— which ...


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Kayaking is not too difficult in calm waters. It can get more difficult in exposed conditions or strong wind. The kind shown in your photo are "sit on top" which are good for beginners and very stable. Others are true kayaks and your legs go inside. There are two ways you might end up hiring a kayak:- Off a Resort Beach. Beachfront resorts may have ...


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There are other things to worry about e.g. road safety. It's often said that the trip to or from the airport is more likely to kill you than the flight, last year John Nash and his wife died this way. You should also focus on potential health problems; make sure you get the recommended vaccinations and stick to food safety guidelines.


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Beaches are still free of the vendors and chairs. The current government is not easily ignored.


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Shared mini-vans, song theaws, etc are not allowed to pick up from the airport. Passenger pick up is restricted to taxis, airport limousines and tour buses. So anything the ferry company can arrange will be by taxi or private transfer. The same rules would apply to any other tour company offering tickets on the ferry. Song theaws and shared mini-vans are ...


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After a bit of googling around in Thai. There are lots of diving packages in Koh Tao and the prices range from 1000 Bath to 12000 Bath (depends how far you want to go). Some of that includes accommodation and all the necessary equipments for diving. Most of them listed that the equipment can be rented for 400-600 Bath per day. But that means you have to go ...



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