Thai temple attire

Thai temple attire

Thai temple attire What to wear (and what not to wear) when you visit a temple in Thailand Make sure you are dressed correctly when you visit a Thai temple (wat) or palace. Do not wear: Short skirts or short legged shorts above the knee.  You should at least cover the knees, preferably full length trousers or skirts. Tight fitting trousers such as leggings. See-through clothing. Clothes with holes in, Read More …

Muay Thai

Muay Thai

Muay Thai The national sport of Thailand Muay Thai or kick boxing is one of the purest forms of martial art. It’s as exhilarating as it is brutal. Muay Thai dates back to ancient times; it was under the rule of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in the 1800’s that it flourished. Rama V is said to have had a very strong affection for the sport, and he wanted everyone who could Read More …

Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled to be held on 25-29 October, 2017

Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled to be held on 25-29 October, 2017 The cremation will take place on 26 October, which has been declared a public holiday in Thailand. For the period of the Royal Cremation, visitors to Thailand can continue with their travel plans as normal. All transportation, banks, tourism and hospitality businesses across Thailand will be operating as usual. The Tourism Authority of Read More …

You can still snorkel at Koh Tachai

whale shark

Snorkeling at Koh Tachai even though the island is closed to tourists We are getting lots of enquiries about Koh Tachai. Many of you have read that the island is closed. That’s true. The national parks authority made the beaches of Koh Tachai off limits to boats at the end of last season (May 2016) to help protect the environment. But you can still snorkel there. Koh Tachai was a Read More …

Bangkok airports

Bangkok airport Suvarnabhumi

Bangkok airports. Check your connections Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) & Don Mueang airport (DMK) There are two Bangkok airports. It is important to know which airport you are arriving at and departing from, especially if you have a flight connection in Bangkok. Major airlines and low cost carriers use different Bangkok airports, and it can take two hours to travel between the airports. Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) is the main Bangkok International airport and is the regional Read More …

Useful Thai phrases

Speak Thai on your next snorkeling tour Here is a short list of some Thai words that will help you communicate with the boat crew on your snorkeling tour. One or two words said with a smile can go a long way 🙂 Useful Thai phrases *It is normal in polite Thai speech to add Krup (for men) or Kha (for women) after most greetings, questions or expressions. For example, a man Read More …

Record your shark and manta sightings

Become a citizen scientist snorkeler Collaborate with the global scientific community and aid them in learning more about reef sharks, whale sharks and manta rays. If you see a whale shark, manta ray or shark while snorkeling in Thailand take a photo and submit your sighting information to one of these databases: Wildbook is a visual identification database for global whale shark sightings. It uses pattern recognition software to record encounters with Read More …

Snorkeling or Snorkelling?

Snorkel

What is the correct spelling? Is it snorkeling or snorkelling? The answer is that they are both correct so it’s up to you. Snorkeling is the US dictionary spelling, in England it’s typically spelled snorkelling. The same applies to the noun snorkeller which is also spelled snorkeler. The word snorkel derives from the German word Schnorchel, an air shaft for submarines.

Bog snorkelling

Bog snorkelling The UK August bank holiday weekend is almost here. You could go to the Reading festival, the popular 3 day music and mud fest. Or you could carry on further down the M4 to Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales where on the 24th of August they are holding the annual world bog snorkelling championship. The world championships were first held in 1985 although the sport has been running since 1976 Read More …

Why snorkeling?

Why Snorkeling. Some reasons to go snorkeling Snorkeling is cheap. You don’t need to buy expensive scuba diving gear or pay for lessons to get certified. Most snorkeling tours are cheaper than dive tours because there is less equipment involved. Anyone can snorkel. From young kids to pensioners, if you can swim you can snorkel. Even if you can’t swim you can wear a flotation devise and still enjoy snorkeling. Snorkeling Read More …