The Junk Liveaboard Thailand

The Junk

Class – Gold
Prices From 29,500 Baht Currency Converter
Similans, Surins, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
18
4 Nights or 6 Nights
Nitrox Available

The Junk Similans liveaboard, also known as the MV June Hong Chian Lee, was one of several traditional Chinese Junks built in Penang in Malaysia. Built in 1962, The Junk was originally designed to transport charcoal and she traded up and down the coast from Malaysia to Burma. In 1985 she was restored and redesigned to serve as a classic yacht. Then in 1997 her current owners acquired her and she was once again completely restored and redesigned to operate as a luxury liveaboard dive yacht. She has appeared in many big screen productions including the James Bond classic, The Man With The Golden Gun.

Reports from the Junk are constantly good.  On their six-night trip, you’ll be treated to dive sites throughout the Similan Islands, the Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and also Richelieu Rock. Out of all the Similans liveaboards, The Junk, undoubtedly has the most character and old world charm. This is one of the few operators that schedules in an extra days diving in order to take in some of the sites around the Surin Islands. Although rare, small Tiger Sharks have been spotted in this area. There is also a slightly shorter four night trip which also dives at the best spots in the Similan Islands, as well as Richelieu Rock, Koh tachai, and Koh Bon. This season the prices for the Junk have been reduced making it very good value for money.

The facilities although not as luxurious as some other yachts, are still excellent and the food and fare is tasty and mouth watering. The crew are friendly and the dive staff have years of valuable experience working in the Similans so know all the treats and hidden gems to show their lucky guests. If you want to take a Similans Liveaboard which oozes ambiance and atmosphere, then the Junk could be the trip for you.

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The Junk Similans liveaboard, offers two different schedules for the 2015 / 2016 Thailand liveaboard diving season. There is a six-night schedule, and also a four-night schedule to choose from. Both trips dive in the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, and usually also in the lesser dived Surin Islands (Especially true of the six night trip).

Similan and Surin Islands Itinerary – 7 Days & 6 Nights – 18 Dives
Day 1: The Junk will depart from either Phuket or the pier close to Khao Lak, depending on a varying schedule. Transfers are arranged for the late afternoon of the departure day, to transfer guests to the Junk. The Junk departs at around 8:00pm for an overnight cruise to the Similan Islands.
Day 2 to Day 5: Four dives around the Similan Islands & Surin Islands, including Richelieu Rock, Kog Tachai, and Koh Bon.
Day 6 /7: Two dives before heading back to the pier at either Phuket or close to Tab Lamu. Guests can sometimes choose to depart the Junk when the boat reaches port, or if they wish to thy may sleep on the boat for a further night, and depart the following day after breakfast. Please contact us for more information about this as it depends on the schedule.

The Junk Prices – Similan & Surin Islands – 7 Days / 6 Nights
Private Double or Twin Cabin – Thai Baht 50,000 per person
Triple Share – 40,000 Thai Baht per person
Four Berth Shared Cabin – 35,000 Thai Baht per person

Price Includes
Accommodation onboard, all meals onboard, snacks, tea, coffee, fresh water, all dives, tanks, weights, torches, experienced dive guides, transfers to and from hotels or airport.

Price Excludes
Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, Marine Park Fees currently 2,200 THB, scuba diving equipment at 3,000 THB for the trip, insurance.

Similan and Surin Islands Itinerary – 5 Days & 4 Nights – 14 Dives
Day 1: The Junk will depart from either Phuket or the pier close to Khao Lak, depending on a varying schedule. Transfer are arranged for the late afternoon of the departure day to transfer guests to the Junk. The Junk departs at around 8:00pm for an overnight cruise to the Similan Islands
Day 2: Four dives around the Similan Islands & Surin Islands, including Richelieu Rock, Kog Tachai, and Koh Bon.
Day 3: Four dives around the Similan Islands & Surin Islands, including Richelieu Rock, Kog Tachai, and Koh Bon.
Day 4: Four dives around the Similan Islands & Surin Islands, including Richelieu Rock, Kog Tachai, and Koh Bon.
Day 5: Two final dives in the Similan Islands or Koh Bon, before heading back to the pier close to Tab Lamu for mid-afternoon. Guests are transferred back to their Phuket hotels.

The Junk Prices – Similan & Surin Islands – 5 Days / 4 Nights
Private Double or Twin Cabin – 40,000 Thai Baht per person
Triple Share – 33,000 Thai Baht per person
Four Berth Shared Cabin – 27,000 Thai Baht per person

Price Includes
Accommodation onboard, all meals onboard, snacks, tea, coffee, fresh water, all dives, tanks, weights, torches, experienced dive guides, transfers to and from hotels or airport.

Price Excludes
Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, Marine Park Fees currently 1,800 THB, scuba diving equipment at 2,000 THB for the trip, insurance.

Please remember current flying after diving guidelines recommend that after multiple days of diving, divers should leave 24 hours or more before flying.

All published itineraries shown are just for sample purposes. Itineraries may change due to weather conditions, currents, guest requests, or other reasons listed here. All cabins are air-conditioned.

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Cabins & Comforts
Two double bed cabins with private ensuite bathrooms.
Two twin single bed / triple single bed cabins with private ensuite bathrooms.
Two quadruple single bed cabins with private ensuite bathrooms.
All cabins air-conditioned.
Hot showers with fresh water.
Lounge with TV, DVD player and audio system.
Free tea, coffee and snacks.
Great Thai and Western food.
Special dietary requirements catered for. Please inform when booking.

Technical & Safety Specification
Length 33 metres, beam 8.5 metres.
Maximum speed 8 knots, cruising speed 7 knots.
Eleven boat crew, including three dive staff.
1 x 380hp engine.
220v. 110v adaptors are available.
Radar.
GPS. (Global Positioning System)
Depth finders.
Radios and mobile phone.
6000 litre fresh water tank onboard, plus capability to make 6000 litres more daily.
Life jackets in all cabins and also on deck.
First aid facilities.
Two air compressors to fill scuba tanks.
Two large dinghies.
Nitrox Facilities are NOT available.

The Junk Boat Layout