of coral in shallow water make for an abundance of marine
life and make it ideal to take it easy, take some photographs
and enjoy the dive. However the most exciting dives I
did around the area were on two wrecks which are accessible
by boat from either Pattaya or Samsan (Samisan is a small
fishing village just around the coast from Pattaya).
Khram is a large landing boat which the Thai Navy
had decommissioned - they sunk the Khram to make an artificial
reef which is open to divers. The second is the Hardeep
which was a 60 metre, 1000 ton cargo ship sunk in 1941.
Both wrecks feature some nice easy swim-throughs but the
more dangerous of the two is the Hardeep simply by its'
nature; lying on its' side exactly as it has been for
the last 60 years. It requires a good deal of skill to
penetrate the wrecks fully as it is very easy to loose
divers to the wrecks.
met a wide variety of people whilst on this trip, one
of them, Alexander, a Russian who was as mad as a hatter.
Brother to one of the two girls in the Russian girl group
(I forget the name - if you know please email me). He
would set his deck chair up at the foot of the steps on
the Pattaya boat with his headphones on, dancing to the
best and singing at the top of his voice. Priceless.