MV Sawasdee Fasai

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Specials: Free Nitrox for certified divers
Sawasdee Fasai Similan diving
Type Liveaboard
Departs from Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests 30
Boat rating : 9/10 Based on 12 divers
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Prices from: 877 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.

MV Sawasdee Fasai Prices & Schedule

MV Sawasdee Fasai Diver Prices Overview 2018 / 2019
DestinationsDuration Budget twin Standard Twin / Double Deluxe Twin Master Double
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock,
( 14 Dives)
4D / 4N Budget twin877 USD Standard Twin / Double1,061 USD Deluxe Twin1,152 USD Master Double1,305 USD
Included In The Price

Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
Meals
Snacks
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Dive insurance
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Nitrox
Towels
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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MV Sawasdee Fasai Itinerary

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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 theor 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 divinding the trip price by 5 days. We prefer to be clear & honest with all the information.

A detailed Sawasdee Fasai itinerary is below this text.

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.

MV Sawasdee Fasai Itinerary
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

MV Sawasdee Fasai Facilites, Layout and Specifications

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Facilities Available with MV Sawasdee Fasai
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
TV in Cabin
Dinghy
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Suitable for Children
WIFI
Lounge
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Sundeck
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers

MV Sawasdee Fasai Deck Plan
  MV-Sawasdee-Fasai-liveaboard-deck-plan-layout
 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.
 Toilet.  
 Shower.  
 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.
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.

MV Sawasdee Fasai Courses

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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
Courses Prices
Scuba review
46 USD
Specialty Dives, such as Adventure, Night, Deep
46 USD
Scuba Diver referral (2 dives on Pawara)
(2 Dives)
92 USD
Scuba Diver* (classroom, confined water + 2 dives on Pawara)
(2 Dives)
153 USD
Advanced Open Water (for part-course referrals, please contact us)
183 USD
Nitrox (EAN)
Including: free Nitrox fills for the remainder of the cruise.
183 USD
Open Water Diver* (classroom, confined water + 4 dives on Pawara)
(4 Dives)
275 USD

MV Sawasdee Fasai Transfer details

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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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Genuine MV Sawasdee Fasai Reviews

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MV Sawasdee Fasai Reviews

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." ...read more
Neill MV Sawasdee Fasai
Dived: 21 April 2018
Boat rating: 8/10
Awesome boat and staff. Great food. Great cabins.
James Firmage MV Sawasdee Fasai
Dived: 21 April 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
The boat is clean and comfortable, the crew attentive and knowledgeable and the diving excellent:
Dived: 11 April 2018
Boat rating: 10/10
Fantastic experiment, great staff with a professional attitude and the guest as a first priority. Great dive sights.
Gadi MV Sawasdee Fasai
Dived: 11 April 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
very proffesional team. ship in good shape. aircon bunks. pleanty of food thai style. diving equipment in good shape. similan sites amazing. pray for whale shark! ship team so nice and pro. diving team fantastic.
Shimshon MV Sawasdee Fasai
Dived: 11 April 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
Excellent, if you are a diver do not miss this !
Dived: 18 March 2018
Boat rating: 10/10
Amazing diving trip with breathtaking dive sites which are the nicest I've ever seen! Great staff which made the trip extra special! Made me tasty vegetarian food. Want to do the trip again!
Dived: 21 November 2017
Boat rating: 10/10
The 4 day trip on the boat was fantastic. Wonderful diving with huge amounts of marine life, great dive masters, wonderful food and a super friendly crew.
Carin & Karin MV Sawasdee Fasai
Dived: 21 November 2017
Boat rating: 10/10
We received excellent pre service support from Jamie at Similan Divers. The dive boat was very comfortable and we loved the deluxe cabins with ensuite bathrooms. The crew and food were outstanding. The dive masters led by the formidable Kwan were fanastic too. We were so touched by the care she had to make sure everyone had an excellent trip and how hard they all worked. The free Nitrox, video and electronic log book with all the fish we encountered on each dive was a nice add on. We had some items of rental gear we requested and unfortunately not all made it from West Coast Divers to the dive boat. But they were able to cobble together what we needed. ...read more
Dived: 12 April 2017
Boat rating: 10/10
Excellent dive trip, highly recommended
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