Sawasdee Fasai - Luxury Similan Islands Diving Boat

MV Sawasdee Fasai

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Sawasdee Fasai Similan diving
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 30
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 20 divers
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Prices from: 842 USD
758 USD
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MV Sawasdee Fasai is a large Similan liveaboard yacht that has just undergone a full refit to become possibly the best liveaboard boat in Thailand. Due to the success and popularity of Sawasdee Fasai's sister ship, MV Pawara, that is fully booked for most of its trips, we needed to find a suitable alternative. Sawasdee Fasai has the same quality of construction, luxurious cabins, professional team & unbeatable service.

The trips visit all of Thailand's best dive sites, which includes Richelieu Rock and a beach visit to Donald Duck Bay. There are 14 dives over four days. Some other websites show the trips to be 5D/4N but this is untrue. With an evening departure and afternoon return, the trips are 4D/4N. Don't trust websites that try to mislead you to look better value.

comfort and luxury Sawasdee Fasai Thailand lievaboard At 37 metres in length and with a steel hull, MV Sawasdee Fasai is perfect for Similan Islands liveaboard diving. The boat’s specifications enable it to sail through any sea conditions while keeping everyone on board safe, comfortable & happy. The dive deck at the rear of the boat is very large & low, near the water’s surface. This enables divers to enter the sea easily & safely. At the end of each dive, if you can’t reach the dive deck’s buoy rope or ladder, there is a motorized dinghy to retrieve you.

Communal areas on MV Sawasdee Fasai are numerous, large and comfortable. There is an air-conditioned lounge saloon, complete with sofas, chairs and AV entertainment. Most meals are served at the rear of the main deck, which is covered and can be completely enclosed if the weather becomes less than perfect. Guests who want to sunbathe, stargaze, read or socialise outside, can always find somewhere to do so alone, in private pairs, or in groups. The large size of the boat offers both stability and plenty of space to move around and relax.

The main deck of the boat has two master cabins (double beds) and five deluxe cabins (twin bunks). All of these have large windows, private bathrooms and plenty of storage space. On the lower deck are four standard (twin or double) cabins and budget cabins (twin beds). All except the budget cabins have private bathrooms with hot & cold showers. The budget cabins share bathrooms which are not used by other guests or staff. Whichever cabin you choose, it is guaranteed that you will feel comfortable and that the boat and trip are excellent value. There are also plenty of other bathrooms on the boat's decks.

Sawasdee Fasai has free Nitrox for certified divers, and those who aren't can take the course on board. There's also free wi-fi when in range & free diving insurance.

Sawasdee Fasai luxury Thailand lievaboard frontal viewHaving a large & luxurious Similan liveaboard boat requires the best service. MV Sawasdee Fasai's team make the trips special. The local crew and mainly-western dive staff are carefully selected for their professionalism, service & friendliness. Everyone from the tank boys, housekeeping, & Divemasters to the captain and tour leader knows how to make sure that every guest gets exactly what he or she expects from a luxury Similan liveaboard cruise. The local and western food is simply delicious, and cooked & served throughout the day. Between meals there are always fruits and snacks available, because diving in Thailand makes everyone hungry.

Prices & Schedule

MV Sawasdee Fasai Diver Prices Overview 2022 / 2023
DestinationsDuration Budget twin Standard Twin / Double Deluxe Twin Master Double
( 14 Dives)
4D / 4N Budget twin842 USD Standard Twin / Double1,018 USD Deluxe Twin1,106 USD Master Double1,253 USD
MV Sawasdee Fasai Special Offers Coming Up
Early Bird Discount
We lots of discounts for this boat please see schedule for details
Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Dive insurance
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
Dive equipment
National park fees
Dive computer
Soft drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Night diving torch
Larger tanks
Mask and Snorkel
Open-heel fins
Full-foot fins
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

Sawasdee Fasai liveaboard diving cruises depart from Tab Lamu Pier in the evening, and the diving begins the next morning. Normally, everyone is on board by 8.30pm. After a boat briefing, dinner is served as the boat sails into the night.

There are 4 dives per day for 3 days, then 2 dives on the final day.

Sawasdee Fasai gets back to Tab Lamu Pier around 2.00pm and guests are transferred to their chosen destinations in Phuket or Khao Lak.

Some websites are misleading by claiming that the trips are 5D/4N, but this is not true. Maybe these other websites want to show an attractive 'daily rate' by dividing the trip price by 5 days. We prefer to be clear & honest with all the information.

The itineraries below are the most-common for each trip, but these can sometimes be changed for a number of reasons. Small changes are made due to weather & sea conditions, special marine life sightings, overcrowded dive sites, local-authorities' instructions, and the needs & requests of the paying guests. The safety & comfort of all guests is most important at all times.

Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 4 Days / 4 Nights 14 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Sawasdee Fasai
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
TV in Cabin
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Suitable for Children
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers
MV Sawasdee Fasai Deck Plan
 Sun deck.  Deluxe cabin (twin bed).
 Outside lounge area.  Suite cabins (double bed).
 Inside lounge and refreshment bar.  Private en suite bathrooms.
 Tour leader's cabin.  Engine room.
 Captain's cabin.  Compressor room.
 Crew cabin.  Storage room.
 Wheelhouse.  Communal shower & toilet.
 Diving deck.  Massage room.
 Equipment room.  Standard rooms (twin beds).
 Galley.  Standard rooms (bunk beds).
 Shower / toilet.  Divemasters' cabins.
 Deluxe cabin (double bed).  


MV Sawasdee Fasai Specifications
Length: 36.8 metres.
Width: 7.8 metres.
Draught: 3 metres.
Engines: 2x 520 hp.
Max speed: 16 knots.
Cruising speed: 12 knots.
Electricity: AC 220 volts, 50 Hz, DC 12 volts.
Water supply: 25,000 litres.
Navigation: Radar, GPS, sonar and YHF/HF radio.
Safety: Oxygen, first aid kit, life jackets and life raft. 
Cabins: 2 Master (double/twin), 5 Deluxe twin, 4 Standard (double/twin) & 4 budget twin
Other: Photo editing & viewing facilities, DVD/CD player, Video Projector, PC & Printer.


There is a good choice of PADI diving courses available on MV Sawasdee Fasai. PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) and Enriched Air Nitrox are the most popular, because diving at The Similan Islands is the perfect opportunity for Advanced diving courses, and Nitrox fills are for free on MV Sawasdee Fasai. Please inform us in advance which courses you may be interested in, so that we can prepare the materials in our language, the necessary equipment and best staff. Sometimes it is possible to decide on a PADI course at the last minute, but always best to book in advance.

Courses Prices
Scuba review
44 USD
Specialty Dives, such as Adventure, Night, Deep
44 USD
Advanced Open Water (for part-course referrals, please contact us)
176 USD
Nitrox (EAN)
Including: free Nitrox fills for the remainder of the cruise.
176 USD
Open Water Diver* (classroom, confined water + 4 dives on Pawara)
(4 Dives)
264 USD

Transfer details

There are free scheduled transfers for MV Sawasdee Fasai guests on departure day, and after the cruise.

The pickup time on departure day depends on the where each guest needs to be collected from. Phuket & most of Khao Lak is in the free pick up zone. 

At the end of the trip, Sawasdee Fasai guests arrive at Tab Lamu Pier mid-afternoon. Free transfers go to Phuket and Khao Lak.

Please make sure to inform us or the staff of your onward travel for the end of the trip, so that they can plan ahead. This means telling them on departure evening where you want to be taken to at the end of the trip.

MV Sawasdee Fasai Scheduled Transfers
4D / 4N Trips
17:00 - 18:30 Pick up from Phuket : Free
19:00 - 19:30 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
20:00 - 20:30 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
14:00 - 15:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:00 - 16:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
15:00 - 17:00 Drop off to Phuket : Free

Guests who are unable to meet the scheduled pick ups or would like private transportation are welcome to contact us to arrange a private taxi at the most competitive rates.

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MV Sawasdee Fasai Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Sawasdee Fasai
Sam MV Sawasdee Fasai
Nationality: British
Dived: 17 January 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
Lovely group, very professional outfit, great dives. Thanks again
JH MV Sawasdee Fasai
Nationality: Singaporean
Dived: 03 January 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
I booked my trip on the day of the departure with the incredible help of Jamie who was extremely responsive and professional throughout the entire process. He also followed up to ensure I was on the boat and all settled in. Steve, the cruise director, my dive guide and AOW instructor all-in-one was amazingly professional, safe, patient and had so much knowledge to share. The crew of Sawasdee Fasai were top notch, making all of us feel welcomed and well-fed at all times. All-in-all a great experience, would recommend.
Daniel Kurniawan MV Sawasdee Fasai
Daniel Kurniawan
Nationality: Australian
Dived: 21 December 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
Pick up was 3 hours late and disorganised. Drop off was slow and disorganised. Land transport: 0/5 Food was amazing. One instance of meat being very tough and inedible. Icy drinks were not the best after diving. Food: 8/10 Free upgrade from budget bunk-bed to 2 person share room. However, room's toilet couldn't flush and exhaust fan didn't work so bathroom got quite smelly. Shower on occasion didn't run or very slow water, i ncluding after the last dive. Supposed to have bedsheets and towel change halfway through the trip but it didn't happen. Accommodation: 5/10 Noted under equipment rental form that I needed a L or XL BCD. The biggest they had was a M and it was too small. Torch battery only lasts for 1 dive. No issue with the rest. Equipment: 6/10 Diving was great. Dive briefing was very detailed. Dive guide was good and handled himself and the group well. Free nitrox. Unfortunately missed the first dive of Day 2 because pick up was so disorganised - took off from pier at about midnight. Diving: 30/20 Two beach/island excursions. Extras: 5/5 Total: 54/60
Claude MV Sawasdee Fasai
Nationality: French
Dived: 21 March 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
It has been a great diving experience. MV Sawsdee Fasai is a comfortable and well designed boat for diving. The crew is very professional and the diving sites of the similan are stunning. And..the food is excellent!!!
Sam MV Sawasdee Fasai
Nationality: Irish
Dived: 21 March 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
Great crew excellent characters be around great atmosphere catered for everything start to finish boat was more than comfortable and fantastic food..
Boris MV Sawasdee Fasai
Nationality: British
Dived: 21 March 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
Fantastic trip, great crew, great dives, met bunch of good and interesting people. Will definitely repeat
Dave and Wendy MV Sawasdee Fasai
Dave and Wendy
Nationality: New Zealander
Dived: 03 January 2020
Boat rating: 10/10
We are a couple in our 50's and booked a master cabin. Every aspect of the boat and its crew met with or exceeded our expectations. We felt very well looked after at all times. Spacious and comfortable cabin and boat. The boat is very well set up for its purpose. There would have been 40+ people on board (counting crew) but it never felt crowded. Friendly and super-organised Thai boat team, from the Quan, the head dive guid e and boat manager, to the young lads who filled the tanks and helped us in and out of the water. Food was fresh, delicious and varied daily. Our Dive guide Gun was supremely professional, calm and patient at all times. Also very friendly and helpful. On some of the dives, the visibility wasn't as good as we had hoped for, but this was more than made up for by the spectacular variety and quantity of marine life. We highly recommend this boat trip.
Nationality: Hong Kongese
Dived: 06 December 2019
Boat rating: 9/10
I highly recommend this trip, it was a very good experience, there were more than a thousand fish around me. After this experience, I will take the medicine for jellyfish aboard next time.
Keith A. Raymond
Nationality: American
Dived: 11 November 2018
Boat rating: 8/10
Great boat, Great crew, Great dive sites. Boon Song Wreck is a bit of a let down after Richelieu Rock. See separate email. "Sorry it took a bit to get back to you, had to get my land legs on. The wide beam of the boat, widest of any I saw, made the ride stable and pleasant. I found myself floating between the Russians, Koreans, Chinese and Spanish teams, and hopefully acted as a unifying spirit. Each group had their quirks, and I was able to practice several languages although my Cantonese and Mandarin is nonexistent. Two best sites was Koh Tachai (what only one dive?) and of course, Richelieu Rock where everything was represented. I could spend a week there alone! We didn't see Mantas nor Whale shark to the disappointment of the group, but been there done that, so the rest was the best. Even composed an article for a dive magazine: Making Each Dive Better than the Last. If I finish it today, I'll send it on. The Chinese were kind enough to give me 2.3 GB of GoPro videos, and the Spanish promised to send me their photos once they've been photo shopped. Gun and Beto were princes! They are the kind that not just make but inspire liveaboard diving. Qualities you can't teach, like compassion, concern, curiosity, and a willingness to tell the same story a gazillion times and still make it sound fresh. Kwan is a little long winded in the briefings, but due to insurance issues it is understandable. What was really unique was the hot rose scented wash cloth given at the end of the last dive. True luxury, and refreshing even after 30C water. I probably wouldn't do the budget option again, as climbing up on the top bunk was a bit tough, and the mattress was a bit too hard for my old bones, as I'd wake up with sore hips that needed a dive or two of hyperbaric therapy to alleviate. The crew and the food was good, and truly joyful although I felt bad for their sleeping accommodations stuffed into every nook and cranny of the boat. Food highlights included Lamm Gai and the daily cooked banana/chocolate/ginger breads. I would have preferred dinner served at the snack time, and the snack served at the dinner time as it was quite late for me. Most folks had a beer and a lighter meal at dinner anyway. I guess it's personal preference. I suppose enough for now. Thanks for all your work, and getting that T shirt to me."
Neill MV Sawasdee Fasai
Nationality: British
Dived: 21 April 2018
Boat rating: 8/10
Awesome boat and staff. Great food. Great cabins.
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