Shadowing a DoctorMarch 6, 2014
A medical placement in Thailand with Gap Medics allows you to explore new and exotic places and still have loads of fun on a budget. One of the biggest draws for medical students travelling to Thailand is the opportunity to indulge in exciting activities like scuba diving without having to spend as much as they would in other dive sites around the western world.
Thailand is very tourist friendly in all aspects and offers numerous options for affordable accommodation, convenient transportation and exotic fruits and foods. When it comes to scuba diving services, most are licensed, safe, and professionally run. There are so many providers in this region that competition is very tough for the scuba dive service providers. This brings down the prices significantly and improves customer service, which is of course good news for you when you are travelling on a student’s budget.
Consider these few recommended scuba dive destinations:
Koh Tao: The place to learn scuba diving and to get certified
If you don’t know how to dive yet or want to get certified, the place to visit is Koh Tao. This is the most popular destination to get certified in Asia and is known to certify about 7,000 new scuba divers per year. Accommodations, food and travel expenses are also ideal for backpackers and young people travelling on a shoe-string budget. Each dive can cost as little as 700 to 1,000 Baht, which works out to around 12 GBP to 18 GBP. You’d never find dives that cheap anywhere else in the world.
Koh Lanta: Access to some of the best dive spots in the area
Koh Lanta is another great place to visit in Thailand if you want to see some of the country’s best dive destinations. Diving here is not going to be as cheap as it is in Koh Tao but you get access to Hin Daeng, Koh Haa, and Koh Bida which are great dive spots. You can also live abroad boats here, from this beach town to reach farther areas like Koh Phi Phi, Shark Point, Similan Islands, and Anemone Reef.
Similan Islands: Thailand’s most popular dive site
Similan Islands is one of Thailand’s most popular dive destinations. You can get to this island on a speedboat from Khao Lak or Koh Lanta but you should consider going to Similan on a liveaboard to make the most of your dive trip. You can do more than a dozen dives over a span of 4 days on a liveaboard at an average cost of only about 19,900 Baht or 430 GBP.
If you do decide to stay on and indulge give scuba diving a go, whether you want to do just a couple of dives or your PADI certification, you will find that Thailand offers you some of the most amazing dive experience. Even more surprising is the fact that you get to experience the best at such low rates. It’s definitely not something you want to miss out on while you are in this country.