At 35 meters in length, the Hallelujah is by far one of the largest boats cruising in the Similans. Her all steel construction makes her safe and smooth, promising a relaxing ride throughout your trip. Each of her cabins features its own sink, toilet and hot shower for the ultimate in privacy and convenience. Each cabin also has its own air-conditioner, so you can adjust your cabin to just how you like it.

Each cabin also has multiple 220v outlets so you can charge your cameras, laptops, or other diving accessories. The VIP Single cabin also has work desks and chairs for the avid underwater photographers. Due to her massive size, most guests find themselves spending the majority of their time between dives in the expansive common areas of the boat.

There is a spacious lounge with a large flat-screen TV, a DVD player and a wide selection of DVDs available to suit most tastes. There are also several desks in the lounge with 220v outlets for those wishing to do photo or video editing on board.
For those who prefer a quieter form of entertainment between dives, you can borrow a book from the on-board selection in the lounge and relax on the sun chairs of the large upper deck, or in the outside lounge on the main deck.

The Hallelujah features indoor and outdoor eating areas, each large enough on its own to accomodate all customers and crew for meals, so no matter what mother nature has in store everyone will be able to dine in comfort. The excellent food prepared by our experienced cooks will ensure your meals are as good as your dives. Themulti-lingual staff on board is able to speak English, German, Swedish, Danish, Norweigan, Dutch, Flemmish, and Japanese. If you have language requirements beyond these, we can accomodate just about any request. All of our staff have years of experience in the Similans and even longer track records for keeping divers safe season after season.

Hallelujah - prices

Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Prices are per person and are charged in Thai baht and based on 2 persons sharing a cabin, Please visit this link to see the amount in your currency using the ‘buy’ rate

The trip price includes:

On board accommodation
Five meals daily with snacks
Non-alcoholic beverages: water,tea, coffee
4 dives per full day (total 14 dives in the 4 day trip)
Use of tanks, weights, weight belts
Dive leader service
Transfer within Phuket town,Patong, Kata, Karon and Phuket International Airport to the boat at Thaplamu and back.

The trip price does not include:

Any diving equipment (except for tanks and weight) - full equipment rental charge is 600 Thai baht per day (and does not includea dive computer)
Nitrox - 250 Baht per dive ($7) (All 14 dives 2500 baht)
National Park fees - approximately 2,300 Baht per person for 4 days - to be paid on-board directly to the tour leader.
Please note that National Park Fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Domestic / International phone /fax / Internet connections
Diver insurance - Mandatory - www.diversalertnetwork.org
Domestic / International phone / fax /
Internet connections
Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

When possible, the boat will allow individual customers to have their own room.
However during busy times they may need to put 2 individual customers in the same room.
If they need to combine individual customers in cabins, there will only be male-male or female-female pairings for reasons of privacy.
If you require your own personal cabin, it is possible and they offer it at a +85% surchage.
Private cabins are not available during Christmas and New Years.

Single cabin, non sharing cabin +85%
Non diver 85% of the above rates

Terms and conditions:

Individual bookings:
Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Transfer times for pick ups

Hallelujah Trip Boarding Pier Pick up time for Phuket town/Patong/Kata/Karon Beach From the Airport *
4D/4N Similan Thaplamu 1600 - 1700 hrs. 1730 hrs.*
  • Complimentary pick ups from Phuket International Airport is 17:30-17:45 - this is fixed and they CANNOT pick up anyone who lands ANY later than 16:30 - In the past the boat has had some problems with flight delays/long queues/lost baggage etc in the past and feel that an extended wait is not fair to others in the car who have already been picked up.
    The driver will pick you up at Phuket Airport International terminal between 17:30 – 17:45. The meeting point is in front of GATE 3-4 at arrivals on the ground floor at International terminal. If you are landing at the domestic terminal, the best way is take the shuttle bus from Domestic terminal to international terminal. Other Features:PADI Instructor on board. Courses available upon special and advanced requests

PADI Open Water, Advanced, NITROX and various Diving courses are available for an extra charge

Please advise your rental equipment needs at time of booking.

Diving equipment for rent on board (Price is per person per day):

Rental Equipment Per item/set Price Per Day
FULL SET- items marked * full set* 600 Baht
BCD* item 250 Baht
Regulator/gauges/octopus* item/reg set 250 Baht
Wetsuit - shorty* item 150 Baht
Mask/Snorkel/Fins* Set only Free
Dive Torch item 200 Baht
Dive Computer item 300 Baht
Nitroxonboard:
15 litre tank THB 200 per day or 800 per trip
Nitrox (12 litre tank) THB250 Per dive up to 36% 12 ltr
Dive Nitrox for 11 dives + 3 air top ups (12 litre tank) THB 2,500 12 ltr
Nitrox(15 litre tank) THB 230 Per dive up to 36% 15ltr
Dive Nitrox for 11 dives + 3 air top ups (12 litre tank) THB 2,800 15 ltr
PADICourses:
AOW THB 8,000
Emergency First Responder THB 4,500
Rescue THB8,000
Dive Master Upon application
Specialty courses:
Nitrox THB8,000 (including 2 Nitrox dives) all following dives THB 200 per Nitrox dive.
Digital Underwater Photography THB 8,000 - Camera rental extra
Peak Performance Buoyancy THB8,000
Deep THB8,000
Night THB 7,000
Underwater Navigator THB7,000
Boat THB 4,500
Equipment THB4,500
Fish Identification THB 4,500

Any prices quoted in Thai Baht will be charged in Thai Baht on board at the end of the cruise, US$ / Euros are accepted on board at the boat’s exchange rate for that cruise

Hallelujah - cabins

To see more photos of the cabins please visit the schedule and click on the cabin name to see the photos of each cabin, availability and price.

VIP Single cabin is the only cabin on the upper deck and has a large window down one side of the room. This cabin also has en-suite facilities including hot shower, flush toilet and sink. This is the most luxurious of our cabins offering the best views of the Similan Islands.

Deluxe Double cabins are located on the main deck of the vessel. These cabins have large windows offering spectacular views ofthe passing scenery. These cabins also have en-suite facilities including hot shower, flush toilet and sink for your privacy and convenience.

Standard Twin cabins are also located on the main deck. They offer the same spectacular views with large windows within these rooms. The beds are arranged into bunk beds perfect for single travellers and couples alike.

  • Deluxe Double cabin

  • VIP Single cabin

  • Standard twin cabin

  • Standard twin cabin

Hallelujah - itinerary

The Similan islands

Fifty-two miles north-west of Phuket lies Koh Similan Marine National Park. This is an archipelago of nine granite islands offering some of the best diving in south East Asia. Similan islands liveaboard diving provides a huge variety of topography and boast the richest variety and abundance of reef fish in Thailand.

The eastern Similans dive sites feature lush coral gardens with sea anemones and a host of colourful reef fish. Seas are calm and dives are at moderate depths, suitable for all levels of divers and also for snorkellers. Western dive sites feature enormous granite boulders, descending down to 40 meters with swim throughs, caves and tunnels, making the diving more challenging. Currents provide nutrients for a colourful variety of soft corals and seafans.

The Similan Islands are part of anational parkestablished in 1982 and are covered in lush rainforest withan abundance of bird life. The Similan islands national park was established after the one-year exploration by the Foresty department. The park is the archipelago consisting of nine islands which are Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong. Recently, the park was expanded to include the two stunning islands in the north Ko Bon and Ko Tachai. The Similans are situated 70 kilometres from Phang Nga town. “Similan” is a Yawi word which means “nine”. The Similan islands are considered the best dive sites in Thailand.

Islands 1, 2 and 3 are closed for public due to turtle hatching protection program and reef conservation efforts. Island number 3 belongs to HM the Thai Princess. All the other islands are open to diving.

4D/4N Similan islands liveaboard

Time

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

0645

 

Continental Breakfast

0730

Dive 1

Dive 5

Dive 9

Dive 13

Similan

Similan

Richelieu

Similan

0900

Western Breakfast

1100

Dive 2

Dive 6

Dive 10

Dive 14

Similan

Koh Bon

Richelieu

Similan

1230

Lunch

1400

Dive 3

Dive 7

Dive 11

Similan
Depart to Thaplamu

Similan

Koh Bon

Koh Tachai

1530

Snack

1600

Free at your leisure

1700

Guests transfer to Thaplamu

1800

Boarding Check-in

1900

Dinner & overnight on board / Cruise to Similan Island

Dive 4

Dive 8

Dive 12

Check-out and transfer to your destination in Phuket

Sleep Similan

Sleep Koh Tachai

Sleep Similan

2000

Dinner & overnight on board

 

Hallelujah - specs

Hallelujah’s large dive deck in the rear of the boat gives you plenty of room to set up and get in. Our on board nitrox system allows nitrox ceritfied divers to extend their bottom times with enriched air mixes. For those not Nitrox certified, we offer Nitrox certification on board, along with other courses such as deep specialty and photo specialty. Dive groups are maximum of 4 people (unless a group booking prefers to all dive together), and your gear is washed and your tanks are filled for you by our highly trained staff. Standard and DIN tanks are available on the boat.

For those traveling with non-divers, we invite you to bring them along as a snorkeling guest, or sign them up for their Open Water course, which can be completed entirely on the trip. We can even arrange to complete the first day of Open Water training in the pool just before the trip to maximize your dive time out at sea.

The Hallelujah is equipped with a full 1st aid medic kit, as well as medical grade oxygen for emergencies. All of our staff have current first-aid certifications.

Hallelujah - diving

Similan islands dive sites

Thailand liveaboard trips to the Similan islands and Richelieu rock generally last 4-6 days and leave either from Phuket island on the west coast of Thailand or Thaplamu one and half hours north of Phuket.
Travelling overnight they arrive in the Similan islands on the following morning to begin your first days diving. Continuing north over the course of the trip to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and finally the amazing Richelieu rock. These liveaboards encompass the best diving that Thailand has to offer on the best boats Thailand has to offer.?
All our boats are liveaboards for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.

Boulder City (Island Three - Koh Payan)

Boulder City lies some 200 meter south of Koh Payan. The dive site is completely submerged with two mooring buoys to mark the location, one at the north end and one at the south. Descending down the north line takes you to 20 meters and the south line to 30 meters. This is a dive in the 20 to 30 meter mark making it not a long dive but the underwater scenery here is spectacular with large granite boulders some bigger than a house, with swim-throughs and the chance of swimming with large pelagics. Eagle and manta rays cruise around the large boulders while large fan tail rays rest in the sandy bottom. This is also where I have been lucky enough on two separate occasions last season to witness the mating of leopard sharks. With a family of large humphead parrot fish and napoleon wrasse living in the area the beautiful soft corals and large gorgonian sea fans make this an eye opening dive site with the occasional whale shark cruising past.

Koh Miang # 4 Honeymoon Bay

Honeymoon Bay is a beautiful bay on the back side of island 4 with its quiet beach and tranquil bay it’s the perfect place for a snorkel or our sunset dives on the gentle slopping reef down to 24 meters. In the shallows around the coral heads you will find octopus, crabs and mantis shrimps on the hunt for food.

With the occasional hawksbill sea turtle and white tip reef shark patrolling the reef will keep you busy on your dive.

Koh Payu # 7 Deep Six

Deep six lies on the northern tip of island 7 and has a buoy line running down to 18 meters there as the name implies you can descend down to over 60 meters. Here the dramatic underwater boulders have formed some excellent swim throughs, tunnels and canyons that make this an exciting dive. But down in the soft coral garden the largest gorgonian sea fans in the Similans survive untouched. With the occasional manta ray gliding passed in the blue will make for an enjoyable dive.

Elephant Head, Hin Pousar

Deep six lies on the northern tip of island 7 and has a buoy line running down to 18 meters there as the name implies you can descend down to over 60 meters. Here the dramatic underwater boulders have formed some excellent swim throughs, tunnels and canyons that make this an exciting dive. But down in the soft coral garden the largest gorgonian sea fans in the Similans survive untouched. With the occasional manta ray gliding passed in the blue will make for an enjoyable dive.

Koh Bangu #9 North Point

North point lies on the west side of the island with a dramatic underwater scenery of large boulders with canyons and swim throughs. As you descend down the line passed the tall fin bat fish and head through the tunnels, keep your eyes open for a pair of Napoleon wrasse. In between the large canyons grow large gorgonian sea fans with excellent soft corals hiding harlequin ghost pipe fish but a look out into the blue can be rewarding with frequent visits from the graceful manta ray passing over head.

Koh Bon - The Pinnacle

Koh Bon island lies 12 nautical miles south of Koh Tachai island and the dive site is located around 150 meters north west of the island and has no bouy line so location is by GPS. When the captain signals its time to jump into the blue and descend down to the pinnacles. The top is around 18 meters and continues to run down to over 50 meters to the sand bottom were the docile leopard shark sleeps while white tip reef sharks patrol the reef in search of a meal.

These amazing pinnacles are covered with colourful soft coral trees, large gorgonian sea fans and barrel sponges running down the walls. With 5 species of clown fish in the magnificent anemones and their shrimp and porcelain crab hosts its difficult to keep your eyes of the pinnacles but a look out in to the blue can be rewarding with manta rays gliding around and the occasional whale shark. But don’t forget to keep a check on your air supply as its time to head back to the surface and leave these beautiful creatures behind.

Koh Tachai Island - The Dome

Koh Tachai lies 22 nautical miles south of Surin, the dive site is located around 200 meters south of the island and is marked with a bouy line which descends down to 16 meters to reach the top of the plateau. From here you decide which way to go ? North or South. North takes you over the plateau to the beautiful coral garden at around 22meters to 26meters with some of the best soft corals and sea fans in the area, which will keep underwater photographers busy. South takes you down over the large boulders to between 36meters and 40meters to reach the sandy bottom looking for the docile leopard shark and large stingrays. Up above schooling great barracudas with tunas and trevallys darting down to catch the baitfish hanging around the reef. With a multitude of small creatures to look at try not to forget a look into the blue to see the manta rays gliding past and the occasional whale shark make Koh Tachai a spectacular dive site.

Richelieu Rock

Richelieu lies 7.5 nautical miles east of the Surin islands national marine park. Here this large rock pinnacle just breaks the surface at low tide and descends down to around 33 meters to the sandy bottom. The northern side has an excellent wall with lots of cracks and holes for you to look inside. The wall is covered with coral and zig zag oysters where you can find over ten species of moray eels like the commonly spotted white eyed, giant, yellow edged, and bartail morays or the shy dragon, leopard, honeycomb and zebra morays.

The wall is all so home to many species of shrimps from the cleaners, anemone, saron, squat and the colorful harlequin shrimps. The west side contains mostly soft corals and sea fans with ghost pipefish and tigertail sea horses hiding in between the branches. But its here where we all so encounter large schools of silver jacks and bluefin trevallys with chevron and great barracudas too.

Its also home to the gentle giant the whale shark anywhere from 2 meter babys to 8 meter subadults. The walls seem to move with so much life or look closely at the camouflaged scorpion, stone and lionfishes that blend in to the rock. A truly spectacular dive site no matter what the visibility.

Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai Islands - Koh Phi Phi

These two uninhabited islands lie south of Phi Phi and are a Mecca for leopard sharks. These harmless and docile creatures are usually sleeping around the sand and coral banks of the islands usually no deeper than 20 meters. With Bida Nok as the larger of the two it offers great hard and soft corals with turtles and sea snakes passing bye. The deeper of the two with depths to 30 meters on the west side wall teeming with life from lionfish to baby morays poking there heads from the cracks and well camouflaged octopuses blending in to the rocks will keep your eyes busy on this dive site.

Bida Nai island smaller and slightly shallower offers the chance to see the sleeping leopard shark anywhere from 1 to 10 sharks resting on the bottom in between the staghorn corals. Here the soft corals are abound with their beautiful colors but look closely at the sea fans to find the Tiger-tail sea horse. With two swim-throughs covered in small baitfish and shrimps, lots of colorful reef fish and schools of barracuda and trevallys darting over the reef, and not forgetting the many nudibranches along the way make this a wonderful dive site.

Diving License Logbook
As a safety precaution for all our guests, as well as to identify the experience level of each diver, it is required that all divers possess proper and valid diving license / certification card, as well as the most updated logbook, which will be checked upon boarding the ship.

For your diver safety we strongly require all divers use a diving computer. Free lesson on use on board

Insurance Policy:
Hallelujah requires that all divers carry Divers Alert Network Insurance - www.diversalertnetwork.org and strongly recommends that guests purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance. Hallelujah does not offer such insurance and cannot offer any compensation for trip cancellation or partial / full refunds, for any reasons. All divers are required to show certificate / card of Divers Alert Network Evacuation Insurance prior to boarding the ship.

Hallelujah is this year offering insurance that may be arranged through us at the time of your booking.

DiveMaster insurance, or as it is known in Thailand, In Depths insurance includes accident, 3rd party and professional cover, repatriation, search and recovery and everything else you should or hopefully shouldn’t need (it doesn’t include loss of equipment in an emergency). The rate is 150 Baht a day ($5)

It is a British company so the coverageis to European standards and is via Lloyds of London.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer please email your name, e-mail address and dates of birth at the time of making your booking and we will commence your coverage on the day of departure terminating on the day of your return and you will receive e-mail confirmation of your cover. Hallelujah reserves the rights to refuse boarding by any divers without the insurance and no refund shall be provided for any reasons.

Hallelujah - faqs

I am an open water diver.Can I join the Thailand trips?

Yes, this is for all levels, even non-divers are welcome.

Is Hotel or Airport pickup provided?

Pick up time from your hotel in Phuket and the airport pick up on the sailing day. After the trip, they will send you back to your hotel in Phuket or the airport whichever you prefer.

What happens if I arrive in Phuket Airport on the morning of sailing day?

We recommend you get somewhere for the day, the Airport hotel - //www.phuketairporthotel.com/ has day rates, might save you sitting around all day, it would be money well spent or you could hang out on the beach at Nai Yang beach near the airport - //www.phuket-photos.com/frameme.php?page=nai-yang-beach.htm

Can I request a larger (15 litre) tank?

Yes

Do you have any tanks with a DIN valve?

Yes, we have adaptors.

Are there any extra fees to pay onboard?

Marine park fee, alcohol

Can I fly on the final day of trip?

You can, provided you skip the final 2 morning dives on the last day.

How long is the boat ride from the pier to the Similan Islands?

4 hours.

Is Insurance included?

no

Is there phone reception throughout the trip?

Only around the Similans, Island 4, 5 and 7 at the moment.

Is there power onboard for battery charging?

Yes, most of the cabins have 220V

Is there a camera rinse tank?

Yes

Where is the nearest Recompression Chamber?

In Patong Beach, Phuket.

Is there Oxygen onboard?

Yes,

What are the dive sites covered in a normal 4 day itinerary?

East of Eden, West of Eden, Elephant Head Rock, Rocky Point, Christmas TreePoint, Koh Bon, Pinnacles, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock.

Getting to Thailand

Flying to Thailand and Phuket International flights There are two airports in Bangkok, with all international flights arriving to the new international airport of Suvarnabhumi (airport code BKK). Most major airlines fly direct to at least Bangkok, and often to Phuket. Thai Airways International (THAI) is the national airline and is regarded as one of the best airlines in the world, with another great carrier being Singapore Airlines who have multiple flights to Bangkok and Phuket daily.
Phuket also has an international airport, with at least five flights a day (this varies from high-season to low-season) arriving from Bangkok year-round. Phuket also welcomes planes from Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and even Europe to its airport.

Internal Flights

If you have a connecting flight to Phuket then it can leave form Suvarnabhumi or from the old international airport of Don Muang (airport code DMK, which is now purely domestic). Please check your tickets, transfer times, and lay-over times between flights as passage between the two airports can be time consuming.
Thailand has a number of discount and budget domestic airlines which can be good as long as you don’t want to change your travel plans. You can save 50% or more using these carriers if you book early but keep in mind that they usually limit your luggage weight to 15kg or 33lbs. For many divers this is simply not enough and by the time you pay the over weight fees, you may not end up saving any money.
Note: It is strongly advised that you arrive in Phuket at least one day prior to boat departure in order to avoid potential problems and to allow you time to acclimatise before heading out on the trip. Also remember the ‘24 hours after diving’ rule when booking your return flights.

Visa Requirements

All travellers to Thailand must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the Kingdom. Although nationals of most countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, America, and Oceania are granted visa on arrival for up to 30 days, some are only granted 15 days, and others must have visa before arrival.
See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an up to date list of what is required. If in doubt please contact the Thai embassy in your country for more information, see here for a list of Thai Embassies around the world.

Accommodation upon Arrival in Phuket

It is highly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior to your cruise to recover from your jet lag and / or to avoid any possible delays or complications..

Electricity Supply

In Thailand 220Volt/50Hz is standard with sockets mixed between 2 and/or 3 pin flat and/or round pins. To avoid confusion or disappointment we suggest guests bring at least one travel adapter.

Currency

The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (Thb). Visa and Mastercard are commonly accepted in most stores (though American Express is less so) and cash machines are widely available in tourist areas. Currency exchange is also widely available, though we suggest using banks (where you will get a fair exchange rate and often pay no commission) rather than hotels or others who generally provide poorer rates. You will sometimes find that US Dollars, Euros, and the GB Pound are accepted in larger hotels.

Eating out and Thai Food

No matter what your gastronomical tastes there is something for everyone in Phuket with world wide fast food outlets, street carts, fine international restaurants, and wonderful traditional Royal Thai Cuisine all available. With all the major resorts and Phuket City offering a wide choice you can eat somewhere new every night! There is a wide variety of Thai food, and contrary to popular belief it is not all very hot. There are many curries available and they can be spicy, though a simple request for “not too spicy” will make it more than bearable to the western palate. Also beware of ‘Thai Spicy Salad’ as this is not salad in the traditional western sense and can be hot enough to make your brain leak through your ears (though papaya salad is delicious once you are accustomed to the heat!). Northern curries tend to be milder, with ‘Massaman’ being a particular favourite.
Sea food is very popular in Phuket, for obvious reasons, and is very reasonably priced in western terms. Most sea food is generally fresh and cooked beautifully, though take the sensible precaution and beware of shell fish if you have lots of travelling to do the day after.

Climate

Thailand’s tropical climate is influenced by the southwest and northeast monsoons. There are three basic seasons: Dry (November through Feb), Hot (March through May) and Rainy (June through October). Day trip diving is possible all year round, though the liveaboard season is restricted to the ‘dry’ and ‘hot’ seasons; often referred to as high season. For up to date weather in Phuket see Yahoo weather.

Air and Water Temperatures

Air temperature: 23°C - 35°C (73°F - 95°F), always warm and can be very hot and humid, nights sometimes a little cooler. Water temperature in the Andaman Sea averages around 27°C to 30°C (80°F - 86°F), very pleasant although sometimes thermo clines occur. A 3mm short wetsuit is normally enough, though with 4 dives per day you may want to think about a full length suit particularly if you are susceptible to the cold. Please contact the office a week or so prior to the trip for current water temperatures if you are concerned.

Clothing and Dress Codes

In all tourist resorts shorts and t-shirts are acceptable attire. This is also appropriate at night, though ‘smart casual’ is preferred in the better eating establishments. Jackets and ties are not required anywhere. Ladies are expected to dress appropriately when visiting temples, for example, cover your shoulders and wear dresses or trousers below the knee at the very least. Aside from this, light natural fibers are advised as they are comfortable and allow the air to circulate, man made fibres can cause you to sweat in this humid climate and can cause heat rash or worse.

Health

Health services are excellent in Thailand with modern, well equipped hospitals in all major towns. Although Thailand is officially a malarial area, most of the country (including Phuket) is Malaria free, though Dengue Fever is not unknown. We recommend you check the status of your vaccinations and seek your doctor’s advice on inoculations and medication. Normal sensible precautions with food should keep you out of trouble, and be sure to drink lots of bottled drinking water to prevent dehydration (especially if your best laid plans have still left you with a bout of diarrhoea). DO NOT drink tap water in Thailand! Also, be sure to wash regularly and wear light, loose clothing made from natural fibres as heat rash and fungal infections for visitors are not unusual in this humidity.

Religious Matters

Nearly all Thais are Buddhist (somewhere approaching 90%) with a small percentage (some 5%) being Muslim, though the south has a higher proportion of Muslims. The remainder of the country is made up of various religions with Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism making up most of the 5 or 6% left. There is a great tolerance between religions symbolised by the fact that the King is the Protector of All Faiths

Simple Etiquette

King is the head of the constitutional monarchy in Thailand and is, along with the whole royal family, held in the highest esteem. The family has the love and respect of the entire nation and showing disrespect can get you into trouble. Joking about the Royal Family is simply not done!! Do not point your feet at people, especially monks or representations of Buddha, as this seen as highly disrespectful, as is touching adults on the top of their heads.
If you are in a situation that leads you to be in contact with the police for ANY reason, you must remain calm and respectful at all times. Raising your voice, displaying anger, making demands will get you nowhere, in fact will probably make matters worse no matter whether the problem is your fault or not. Good humour and patience will get you a long way in any situation.

Time Zone

Local time is GMT+7 hours throughout the year. Thailand has no daylight savings time and sunrise and sunset are pretty regular year round with sunrise between 6:00am and 6:45am and sunset between 6:00pm and 6:45pm.

Postal Services

The Thai postal service is mostly reliable, especially if posting abroad, though speed does not seem to be a priority. Post offices in Thailand are open from 9:00am until 3:30pm.Important items can be sent by Express Mail Service (EMS) from most post offices which is both faster and more reliable (with a proportionally higher cost). Both DHL and UPS have offices on Phuket if you want to be sure of their international standards.

Telephone and Internet Services

International dialling is available from almost all major hotels (and many smaller ones), as well as many offices offering travel and/or internet services. To make an international call, dial 001 plus Country Code plus Area Code plus Phone Number. Services tend to be very reliable. Internet is also widely available with everyone from hotels to coffee shops offering computers with internet service and WIFI. The speed of internet is still not up to western standards but internet calls via Skype are mostly clear and consistent.

Shopping and Bargaining

There is a massive amount of shopping available in Phuket. Regular purchases such as clothing, perfumes, shoes, sunglasses, souvenirs, computer gaming hardware and software are all available. Beware when buying (especially anything designer or software) that you are buying the real thing when paying ‘real’ prices. Tailors are also very very popular in Phuket, and rightly so. Within 24-48 hours you can have a bespoke dress, shirt, coat, or three piece suit made in the material of your choice at an incredibly low price!
There are also, genuine, traditional Thai wares available outside of the resorts, especially in Phuket City. These include wood carvings, teak ware, porcelain, paintings, and Buddha imagery. Thai silk products are very popular too with outlets such as the legendary Jim Thompson now available on Phuket. If you want something traditionally ‘Phuket’, look out for pearls, tin, and pewter ware, all of which are widely available outside the resorts.
Jewellery is also very popular on Phuket with gold, diamonds, and coloured gems particularly prevalant. Be aware when buying since authentic gems should come with a certificate that states the value of the object and a statement of its value, if this is not present and you are not in the business yourself be very careful.
Contrary to popular belief most establishments will not engage in bargaining, or ‘haggling’, for goods, and prices are set. This is especially true in such places as pharmacies, bars, supermarkets, department stores, public transport, and restaurants. Elsewhere, in places like jewellery stores and with street vendors, bargaining is almost part of the game. Simple rules include keeping the bargaining friendly and remembering exactly how much you are haggling over (is 30 Baht really so important to you?). Getting angry or drawing the haggling on for too long over small amounts will be met with irritation. The best way to see if you are getting value for money is to be prepared to walk away. If you are not followed then the vendor really isn’t willing to drop his price any further…have a think and go back later to buy.

Crime and the Police

Known as the land of smiles Thailand is a very safe place to travel around, as demonstrated by the high volume of young backpackers flocking here every year. The police keep a very high profile, with dedicated Tourist Police in all tourist areas designated to looking after the rights of foreign visitors.
As in almost all countries, pick-pocketing happens in crowded areas such as bus and rail stations, tourist spots, and busy gatherings (festivals and bars) so watching your valuables in these areas would be wise. It is not unknown for things to go missing form hotel rooms, but by the same token it is very unusual. By enlarge, Thai staff are very polite and honest. By taking sensible precautions you should have no problems while in Thailand.
It is also worth noting here that drugs are very much to be avoided in Thailand. The government has a very vocal and well known harsh system for dealing with people it considers to be involved in this business (including their infamous ‘shoot now ask later’ system from several years ago), and penalties are very strong.
If you are involved in any kind of incident then the police must be informed (ideally tourist police if they can be contacted). As stated in ‘Simple Etiquette’, when dealing with the police remain calm and polite in order to get the best help and co-operation. Return to top of FAQ’s

Hallelujah - schedule

Similan Islands
1 spaces available
09 Nov 18
embark: 
Khao Lak
13 Nov 18
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
2 spaces available
21 Nov 18
embark: 
Khao Lak
25 Nov 18
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
5 spaces available
27 Nov 18
embark: 
Khao Lak
01 Dec 18
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
7 spaces available
02 Dec 18
embark: 
Khao Lak
06 Dec 18
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
10 spaces available
07 Dec 18
embark: 
Khao Lak
11 Dec 18
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
24 spaces available
14 Dec 18
embark: 
Khao Lak
18 Dec 18
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
3 spaces available
19 Dec 18
embark: 
Khao Lak
23 Dec 18
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
4 spaces available
03 Jan 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
07 Jan 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
11 spaces available
15 Jan 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
19 Jan 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
8 spaces available
20 Jan 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
24 Jan 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
1 spaces available
04 Feb 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
08 Feb 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
2 spaces available
10 Feb 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
14 Feb 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
1 spaces available
15 Feb 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
19 Feb 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
5 spaces available
20 Feb 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
24 Feb 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
2 spaces available
25 Feb 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
01 Mar 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
10 spaces available
02 Mar 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
06 Mar 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
13 spaces available
07 Mar 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
11 Mar 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
13 spaces available
13 Mar 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
17 Mar 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
7 spaces available
18 Mar 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
22 Mar 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
1 spaces available
23 Mar 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
27 Mar 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
15 spaces available
28 Mar 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
01 Apr 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
22 spaces available
08 Apr 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
12 Apr 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
18 spaces available
14 Apr 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
18 Apr 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
17 spaces available
19 Apr 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
23 Apr 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Similan Islands
25 spaces available
24 Apr 19
embark: 
Khao Lak
28 Apr 19
disembark: 
Khao Lak
embark:
Khao Lak
disembark:
Khao Lak
Booking Request
Whats Included?
Double cabin 
45,000 Thai baht
Single / VIP cabin 
55,000 Thai baht
Standard twin cabin 
35,000 Thai baht
Mandatory extra charges per person
Marine park fee 1,800 Thai Baht per trip
Booking Request
Whats Included?