PADI is the largest and most reputable international diving association worldwide – they’re diver’s licenses are acknowledged everywhere. The “Open Water Diver” and optionally more advanced courses are available. If you already have an “Open Water Diver”, there you can instead take other diving courses or programs of equal value.
We meet at 4PM in our hotel in the famous Khaosan Road. Around 5:30 we go to have dinner together (optional). The night is yours
The rest of the night is yours. If you want, we give you recommendations for the best places in Bangkok to party. Or you join us to visit Bangkok’s most amazing skybar – on the 61st floor. We have a cocktail and enjoy the magnificent view over Bangkok. (Drinks & food exclusive – one drink costs around $10, but just the view is more than worth it already).
We start out by deepdiving into a completely different culture: Bangkok’s Chinatown. First, we’ll have breakfast at one of the many local food vendors. Then we’ll explore the markets that stretch around the myriads of narrow streets in the area, between shophouses and colonial-style buildings. Here, you’ll experience, see, smell, taste and touch so many different new things. After lunch, we’ll take the boat to visit the temple of dawn by the Chao Phraya river. Climbing up there will give you a spectacular view over the city.
Then it’s time to go back to our hotel, relax a bit and move on to the train station – the island is waiting.
You’ll have time to eat dinner before the train starts, or you can eat on the train. The train leaves southwards, and according to schedule takes around seven hours – way too short. Because we would have loved to continue on our first class train ride – it’s a fun and comfortable ride, almost as if we’re in Jule Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days”. Comes time to sleep, the train conductors transforms the seats into comfortable beds, and we’re up for a night of good sleep. If you look out the window, you’ll see the silhouettes of the jungles and mountains of Thailand, all covered by a sky full of shining stars. When we wake up, it’s already breakfast time, and we’re close to our destination.
We arrive in Chumphon in the early morning hours and get on the ferry that will bring us to Koh Tao island. We arrive on Koh Tao before lunchtime, and get directly into our comfortable and clean bungalows with private bathroom, fan/aircon and TV.
DAY 04 TO 08
If you don’t yet have a PADI Open Water Diver, this is probably the best place in the world to make it. If you already have a PADI Open Water Diver, you can take part in other courses or programs of equal value.
The PADI Open Water Diver is the most popular dive training course in the world. Once completed, you will have your divers license that allows you to dive up to 18 meters deep in oceans, lakes and indoors. Your diving group will be limited to six other students to allow for personal attention and provide you with the best learning experience.
The diving instructors here are some of the most experienced on Koh Tao – and in fact, worldwide. We have examined this diving school and even participated in full diving courses here and can guarantee that they provide highest safety standards and top-level instructors and equipment.
The course encompasses five theory parts, five dives in confined waters and at least four open water dives.
All your theory training will take place in comfortable, air-conditioned classrooms and interactive teaching materials are included. Then you start practicing in the swimming pool to make some real life experiences under water. You will learn the basics of diving.
In the evenings, you can enjoy your time with your co-students or other nice people on the island. There are beautiful beaches to explore where you can get a rejuvenating and relaxing massage, bars with life music, pool- and tabletennis tables, and so much more. On the last night, we’ll invite you for dinner in one of the nicest beach restaurants in Koh Tao. Delicious seafood, yummy curries, or whatever you like to eat – pick freely from the menu.[toggle title=’If you want, you also have the possibility to optionally book the Advanced Open Water Diver’] The AOWD is the second level qualification in the American international system, following the Open Water Diver qualification (OWD). At the OWD level divers gain basic knowledge of skills, equipment and theory to safely explore the underwater realm to a depth of about 18 metres (60 ft). The AOWD focuses on refining these skills, allowing the diver to explore a broader variety of diving to a maximum of 30 metres (100 ft) deep.
The course usually covers most of the following topics:
Deep diving – usually at a maximum depth of 30 metres (100 ft)
Search and recovery – search and recovery of objects
Enriched air diving
On our way to Bangkok
We leave with our ferry to Chumphon and from there by train to Bangkok. We arrive around 8 PM – and it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companions – and maybe Thailand.
If you want, you can continue your Thailand adventure though. More shopping in Bangkok, temples, Thai massage in the temple, a visit to Chinatown, and so much more. We can also make further hotel or travel arrangements for you.