Going to the south of Thailand was part of the plan, our outgoing plane ticket leaves from Phuket. We weren’t sure where we’d go but decided to go fly to Krabi, from there several destinations seemed interesting: Phang Nga (and it’s James Bond island), Ko Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Rai Leh. But looking at the hotel prices in most of these places, the bad timing of the transports to those places from Krabi, and the interest in diving in the Similand Islands, we chose to go to Khao Lak essentially because it is the best departure point for Similand Islands dives.
Getting to our guest house in Khao Lak from Krabi airport wasn’t easy, essentially because we wanted to save money (we saved more than half the fare). It took three buses and one local “taxi”. In Khao Lak, we looked at several options for diving and chose a liveaboard package for 3 days, 2 nights with 10 dives on 5 sites: