In Bangkok, we decided to squeeze in a liveaboard in the northern part of the Andaman Sea, rather than head to the east coast of Thailand and the South China Sea.
It is probably testimony to our dive experiences on this side of the peninsula so far, and again the diving didn’t disappoint. Booking it in our few days in Bangkok was a bit tight, with Myanmar visa requirements to meet whilst communicating with a booking agent in Hong Kong, but we got it sorted in time.
So we jumped the early morning ferry from Ko Phayam to be met at the pier in Ranong for six days of travelling and diving in Myanmar waters.
The boat, Seaworld was showing its age a bit, but the crew and dive team worked incredibly hard to make sure the diving was the best it could be. Our first port of call from Ranong was Kawthaung to clear immigration and collect a few more divers. In total there were around a dozen of us ‘farang’ divers, plus some Burmese diver/fishermen who needed a Padi qualification.
As always it was great to see different nationalities, ages, backgrounds experience and cultures bonding through the joy and excitement of diving. It was a great week, up at 6.30 with four dives a day. The visibility varied from truly spectacular 40 meters to a muck diving 5, but every dive had lots to see. Anne went down with travel sickness for a few days 😢 while we were on board, but bravely managed all the spectacular dives.
I’ve included a few pictures from dive buddies in this blog – thanks to Louis and Peter for those. The Myanmar waters are a beautiful sight to behold and some of the early morning shots are a testimony to that.
Myanmar fishing boat in early light
Evenings at sea