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Transportation Issues & Diving bookings

Posted by Py on 18/7/2008 at 04:18

Hi there,

I'm trying to figure out the next few things:

- how to get from Chiang Mai to the Mae Sa valley? Is this only possible through organised tours or via own motorcycle/car? Or is there a public bus, if so, any idea where I can get my hands on practical info about that mean of public transportation?
- how to get from Khao Sok National Park to Ao Krabig? Is it so that the only way to do this is to catch a minibus to Krabi city and from there on head to Ao Krabig?
- Also, we've quite got an itinerary ahead of us and we were wondering if it is possible to book an open water diving course (4 days) upon arrival in Koh Tao, which already starts the day after. Or would it be better to book a course electronically beforehand?

Thanks for the info!



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Posted by tezza on 18/7/2008 at 06:05

Plenty of buses go past the mainroad bus-stop which is about 1km from the bungalows at Khao Sok. You head towards Phuket and change at a bus station somewher along the way for a Krabi bus.
But this route is > shaped, whereas the high season minibuses take a direct route across good mountain roads to Krabi - much shorter. They also pick up from various bungalows.
Of course, you could do this trip for greater expense in a car+driver.

Ao Krabig has me beat. Don't know it. The main Krabi area beaches are Ao Nang, Ton Sai, East Railay, West Railay, Phra Nang, Hat Noppharet Thara and Tubtaak (Klong Muang)
All are reaches by songthaew (pickup truck bus) out of Krabi town. You need a further longtail boat ride to the Railays and Phra Nang.

I'm not a diver, but my experience of Tao is there are so many diving outfits that you should be able to line something up when you get there no problems.
But if you know exactly which day you will arrive, why not line it up before?

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Posted by tezza on 18/7/2008 at 06:10

Meant to add that the bus driver out of Khao Sok will tell you where to change buses for Krabi.

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Posted by swag on 18/7/2008 at 06:19

Py just a word on the diving there will be plenty of dive shops on Koh Tao to do your course but I tend to use 5star IDC scuba centres as these are the highest standard from PADI and will probably have the best gear instructors etc.

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Posted by sunshine87 on 18/7/2008 at 14:08

how much roughly are the open water padi courses does anyone know? Or a three day dive intro something like that? trying to plan my budget for Ko Tao. Thanks!

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Posted by swag on 19/7/2008 at 07:49

Sunshine, just google Koh Tao scuba diving and you will have a heap of choices of dive shops to choose from.Their website links will have all relevant prices for various courses. Having said that dive shops come and go some are better than others. One option you can try is a DSD ( discover scuba diving )day.This can give you a day in the water with instructors to see if scuba is for you as it's not for everyone and can save paying for a whole course if it's not for you. While diving on the west coast of Thailand I heard good reports about Black Tip diving resort on Koh Tao

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Posted by Py on 22/7/2008 at 02:07


Thanks for the information. I guess I could just book in advance. On the other hand, a DSD might not be a bad idea. I'll have to think about it a bit more.

Sunshine, I read in the lonely planet that the open water courses are roughly 9000-10 000 Baht. But like swag says, you can find more detailed info online.


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