Diving Squad Rating:
9.6 / 10
If you like the sound of a liveaboard that’ll let you discover the most famous Thai diving regions, whilst feeling as if you’ve stepped back hundreds of years in time, consider The Junk.
Charming yet affordable, this 33 meter long wooden vessel is also one of the best Thai liveaboards for beginners as most of her trips only require open water certification and 10 logged dives.
Great for: Beginners, Short Trips, Exciting Dive Routes, Authenticity, Affordable
Length of Trips: 2 – 6 nights
Max Guests: 18
Operates: All Year
Also known as June Hong Chian Lee, The Junk is a traditional wooden vessel that was once part of a micro merchant fleet which traded up and down the coastline from Burma to Malaysia over the 1960-80’s.
Because of her authentic design, she was used in the ZDF documentary “Das Weisse Gold”, to show what life was like centuries ago, when junks like her were the main mode of transport around South East Asia.
She has also appeared in two movies – as the vessel escaped on by Bond and his gal at the end of “The Man with the Golden Gun” and as the pirate ship in “Stranded”.
With quad, twin, triple & double cabins – all of them resonating the same traditional, minimalist feel as the rest of the ship, this is a tranquil feeling liveaboard from which to discover the very best of Thailand.
Between dives, guests can make use of the free kayaks as well as look forward to plenty of beach visits and snorkeling!
The experienced crew are particularly friendly, with the knowledgable dive guides making every briefing fun and informative and the hearty chefs cooking 5 meals a day, including 2 breakfasts.
Relax in the indoor saloon and dining area with TV and speakers or head out to the spacious main deck. Up top, there’s a partially shaded sundeck with loungers and beanbags from which to take in the views.