The Junk, Thailand

from US$ 134 / day
  • Nitrox available
9.110 "Superb"   28 Verified Reviews
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    The Junk - June Hong Chian Lee Liveaboard was part of a small merchant fleet that traded up and down the coastline from Burma to Malaysia from the 1960’s - 80’s. In 1997 The Junk underwent a complete renovation and this 33m authentic sailing vessel was turned in to an amazing dive liveaboard adventure. The Junk has her own claim to fame and has been used in several films, including James Bond’s ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ and the ‘Swiss Family Robinson’. Now fitted with 6 air-conditioned cabins all with en-suite bathrooms.

    Aboard the Junk meal times are taken very seriously, and the Junk have madw it their mission for you to experience as many different dishes as possible within the week. The chefs of The Junk - June Hong Chian Lee aim to never let you go hungry whilst aboard their vessel, and even do breakfast twice! The air-conditioned salon has a fully kitted out entertainment system, and is a great place to relax, or alternatively there is the shaded sun-deck which offers amazing views.

    The Junk Liveaboard offers dive trips between November and May each year and is a fantastic choice for scuba diving the Andaman Sea Thailand, or the un-explored waters of Myanmar (Burma). The experienced dive guides will give extenstive briefings and de-briefings, to give you amazng local insights to the marine life. Diving from the Junk is done via dhingy, to ensure you easilly get to the best dive sites. 

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    Included: VAT, Accommodation, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Towels Provided

    Excluded: Rental gear, National Marine Parks fee (from 1800 baht per trip).

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    Boat features

    • Leisure Deck
    • Camera Station
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Audio & video entertainment
    • Library
    • Air Conditioned saloon
    • Aircon Cabins
    • Sun Deck
    • Indoor Saloon
    • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
    • Warm Water Showers
    • Outdoor Dining
    • Separate rinse for u/w camera
    • Custom built for diving
    • En-Suite bathrooms

    Food & Drinks

    • Western Food
    • Local Food
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Buffet style
    • Beer available
    • Selection of wines
    • Snacks All Day

    If you have specific diet requests you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies. The liveaboard serves great food and you will be hungry after a full day of diving!

    Diving

    • DIN Adaptors
    • Nitrox available
    • Rinse hosts
    • Dive deck
    • Tenders for diving

    The crew speaks English and Japanese.

    Gear Rental

    There is diving gear available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
    You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices

    Rental Gear Prices

    • Full Equipment:800 THB per day
    • 15L tanks:Free
    • Fins:100 THB per day
    • Wetsuit:200 THB per day
    • Regulator:250 THB per day
    • BCD:250 THB per day
    • Dive Computer:250 THB per day
    • Snorkel equipment:200 THB per day
    • Nitrox Refills:800 THB per day

    Drawings & Vessel Layouts

    #deckplan floorplan

    Accommodation

    Boat Specifications

    • Year built:1962
    • Year renovated:1997
    • Length:33m
    • Beam:8.5m
    • Top speed:10 knots
    • Cruising speed:8 knots
    • Engines:1 x Hino 380Hp
    • Max guests:18
    • Number of cabins:6
    • Number of bathrooms:7
    • Tenders:1 x 40 hp 4.20 meters 1 x 60 hp 5.80 meters
    • Water capacity:8000 ltr
    • Fuel capacity:10000 ltr
    • Freshwater maker:6000 ltr/per day

    Boat Navigation and Safety

    • Depth Sounder
    • GPS
    • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
    • Emergency Rafts
    • Life Vests
    • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
    • Oxygen
    • First Aid Kits
    • Fishfinder
    • Satellite & mobile phones
    • Bilge pump alarm
    • Crew trained in first aid
    • Emergency flares

    The Junk Reviews

    9.1
    Superb (out of 10)
    Average score from 28 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through LiveAboard.com and joined the liveaboard can write a review.
    Henrik R
    Denmark
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Great experience The Similan & Surin Islands (Phuket-Khao Lak), Thailand in January

    Perfect

    Recommended for

    Mantas, great crew & excellent diving

    Ursula C
    Germany
    8.0
    Very good
    The boat could offer more comfort on deck, choose of the diving sites could be better The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Phuket), Thailand in March

    weather conditions, big barracuda school never sawn before, atmosphere on the boat

    Recommended for

    Crew service, Food & atmosphere

    Gabor M
    Germany
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Awesome Experimente! The Similan & Surin Islands (Phuket-Khao Lak), Thailand in April

    Sailing the Andaman Sea, meeting so many nice People, diving at Richelieu Rock, getting stuffed with delicious Food, being offline for a whole Week, Relax to the Max.....

    Recommended for

    The Ship, the Crew, the other Guys

    Thomas R
    United States
    9.6
    Exceptional
    This was a great experience and a wonderful value for the money The Similan & Surin Islands (Phuket-Khao Lak), Thailand in April

    Diving was spectacular, and raising the sails was pretty cool too.

    Recommended for

    The Diving, The Crew, The Food

    Pascal F
    France
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Dive in similan The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in May

    Nice trip great dive no manta no shark whale Horse fish very cute nudibranches small is beautiful 4 dives a day may be to much but come before is exist.

    Recommended for

    Diving resting food

    Monica M
    United States
    9.6
    Exceptional
    A great way to experience one of the top dive spots The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in December

    - spending a whole day on Richelieu Rock - My dive buddy group was very well organized by the dive staff - safety was a great concern and well executed by the Dive Team - thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I would go again!

    Recommended for

    1) Dive Instructors and the way they broke up our groups. 2) Food and drinks on board - the chef is spectacular! 3) The schedule - enough time in between dives

    Manfred K
    Germany
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Incredible happy trip The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in December

    Every day is wonderful

    Recommended for

    Very friendly crew, wonderful food! Very well Organised activities

    minjung K
    South Korea
    9.2
    Superb
    Great holiday The Similan & Surin Islands (Phuket-Khao Lak), Thailand in December

    It's really classic boat. Good friends good food Sunny days I'm very relaxed holidays in junk.

    Recommended for

    System food classic

    CHANGKYU C
    South Korea
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Great crew and food and good diving The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Phuket), Thailand in December

    Sand bottom diving

    Recommended for

    Crew, food,

    Bruno V
    Switzerland
    8.4
    Very good
    good despite the bad weather The Similan & Surin Islands (Phuket-Khao Lak), Thailand in January

    See barracuda schools and sharks.

    Recommended for

    very professional follow up after registration, good and friendly diving instructors,

    Nicolas B
    France
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Une jolie croisière The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in January

    Un joli bateau dans un cadre magnifique

    Recommended for

    Équipage Nourriture bateau

    THIERRY L
    France
    10
    Exceptional
    Excellent! The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in February

    Very well managed all the way from pick-up at aiport to drop-off after the cruise. Very friendly staff and dive guides. Excellent mix of Thai and western food (4 meals per day between each dives). 4 dives/day including 1 night dive and 2 dives on last day.

    Recommended for

    Boat & Crew - Food - Dive sites

    PEDRO T
    Spain
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Una estupenda semana, buen buceo y excelente comida. The Similan & Surin Islands (Phuket-Khao Lak), Thailand in February

    Excelente semana, la relación calidad-precio es muy buena. Dos cosas que no nos gustaron: el colchón era duro...muy duro :-) :-) , y la limitación a 60 min las inmersiones diurnas y a 45 min las nocturnas.

    Recommended for

    Comida, organización/puntualidad y las inmersiones en Richelieu Rock

    Robert O
    Canada
    8.0
    Very good
    Great Dive, and great tram. The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in February

    Richelieu site, and other divers justice Nice...

    Recommended for

    Confortable, Dive orienter, and great fois.

    JAYEON C
    South Korea
    9.6
    Exceptional
    fantastic and heart-warming experience with beautiful ship The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in February

    see stars on the top of the ship at night vessel's masts look so great with the stars and dark sky. all staffs are nice and dive-guiding also nice and gentle.

    Recommended for

    delicious food, nice staffs, old and historic vessel

    Yann B
    France
    9.6
    Exceptional
    A very friendly first liveaboard experience on a characterful boat + great dives The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in February

    - Great boat crew, from Jonathan's briefings (detailed and funny), to attentive instructors (Brian and Jerome), to the boat captain + dinghy drivers + boat hands + Nitrox engineer + cook & cleaning crew - Great dive team and divers on board - Good balance of organisation pre & post dive + guiding us during dives (if wanted) and letting us enjoy the scenery / schools etc - Dives: Best were the 4 dives on Richelieu Rock - all with a different blend of ingredients - New things: watching gobies and shrimps working together; being "absorbed" by a school of yellow baracudas / fusiliers / etc; being a spectator to various amorous behaviours among fish, especially the large baracudas. - Nice hike up to rocks on Similan 9

    Recommended for

    1) great people 2) great dives 3) Professionally run with humour

    Kali K
    United States
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Incredible week aboard The Junk The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in April

    Giant Manta Rays, Night Dives, and Richelieu Rock

    Recommended for

    Dive guides, boat, food

    Matina P
    Greece
    9.6
    Exceptional
    I would definitely do it again! The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in January

    The great food onboard

    Recommended for

    The boat, the dive spots, the crew

    Moises D
    Spain
    7.6
    Good
    Boat with personality and excellent crew, but much less marine life than said. Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak to Khao Lak), Thailand in December

    Huge Trevallies in the swim throughs at "Screaming Rocks". The turtles at turtle rock and Anita's Reef. Water 29°C most dives. We could not get to Richelieus Rock due to the wind. Pity. Missed the best diving spot in Thailand.

    Recommended for

    The instructor Jerome stayed with me till I finished my air when the rest of the divers had finished theirs. These extra 10/12' as buddy divemasters were always he best. Thai crew. Warm water.

    Sandra F
    Austria
    9.6
    Exceptional
    A trip you don't wanna miss in your entire life The Similan & Surin Islands (Phuket-Khao Lak), Thailand in January

    Diving at these amazing spots, especially Richelieu Rock and having loads of lovely people around for sharing this epic moments!

    Recommended for

    The whole crew, delicious food and the junk for itself

    Kerstin D
    Germany
    10
    Exceptional
    Excellent The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in March

    The Junk with all activities ans the crew

    Recommended for

    Diving, Crew, Food

    Malgorzata N
    Poland
    10
    Exceptional
    amazing The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Phuket), Thailand in March

    Perfectly organized, amazing Staff, delicious food and DIVING, DIVING, DIVING

    Recommended for

    crew, food, diving

    John M
    United Kingdom
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Amazing diving, on an amazing boat with an amazing crew The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in April

    The in-depth knowledge and wonderful dive briefings and dive leadership of Jonathan, the Boatmaster, made the whole trip much more enjoyable than it than it would otherwise have been. Even without that though the trip would have been incredible visiting some great dive sites across the Andeman Sea, but the absolute highlight was the four dives at Richelieu Rock, and the frequent sightings of Whale Sharks there. Another highlight of the diving for me was seeing and photographing a seahorse at 30m. I think Jonathan knew where he lived and led us straight to him! The Junk itself is a unique vessel with a fascinating history, and just being on board was a huge privilege. The kitchen team were fantastic, and kept producing a never ending variety of amazing food with great flavours from authentic Thai and European recipes. I can't complete this review without complimenting the whole crew on their friendliness, efficiency and professionalism. from the boat crews helping us in and out of the ribs, to the super reliable engineer in charge of managing and refilling the cylinders, and the lovely smiling lady offering refreshing juices after each dive. All of this made for a diving holiday that will be hard to beat.

    Recommended for

    The boat itself, the whole crew, the dive locations.

    Guillaume L
    France
    10
    Exceptional
    Soooo good: I think I became a junky :p The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Khao Lak), Thailand in April

    Amazing briefings by Jonathan Great thaï food by the boat crew Whale sharks at Richelieu Rock Giant trevallies hunting Ornate ghost pipefish Amazing visibility Schools of every snapper, fusiliers you can think of Lobsters hanging around

    Recommended for

    Wildlife / Boat atmosphere and character / Food

    masato O
    Japan
    8.0
    Very good
    Whale sharks and schools of Baracuda. The Similan & Surin Islands (Khao Lak-Phuket), Thailand in April

    We encountered with a whale sharks everyday. We encountered with two whale sharks and school of barracuda same time. We encountered 4 sea dragons 3 times.

    Recommended for

    An encounter with whale sharks, many colorful fish, school of barracudas.

    Peter S
    Switzerland
    8.0
    Very good
    Good experience The Similan & Surin Islands (Phuket-Khao Lak), Thailand in April

    Walshark

    Recommended for

    Food, Stuff, Historie of the boat

    Vivek V
    India
    7.6
    Good
    Amazing crew, amazing culture & an amazing ship Southern Explorer, Thailand in May

    The crew. The culture. The dive masters

    Recommended for

    Great dive sites & dive masters

    Jackson C
    United States
    10
    Exceptional
    Fantastic boat crew and dive guides, I’ll be back next year to do the Similan Islands with this outfit! Southern Explorer, Thailand in May

    The whole trip was a great time

    Recommended for

    Our dive guide Brian, the size of each diving group, and the food

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