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SY June Hong Chian Lee

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Scuba diving and sailing in the Similan Islands onboard June Hong Chian Lee, winner of our 'Liveaboard of the Year' award in 2009, is a unique, once in a lifetime experience; though often many guests enjoy it so much, they make a date to return again the next year.

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Length: 33 metres / 109 foot
30 metres / 99 foot
Beam: 8.5 metres / 28 foot
Cruise: 7 knots
Divers: 18
Enriched air nitrox is available here
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Thailand Liveaboard, the SY June Hong Chian Lee
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An authentic and historical teak wood merchant sailing vessel, this boat definitely has the most character of any Thailand liveaboard and has been used for several films including James Bond's The Man With The Golden Gun and Swiss Family Robinson.

The Junk, as she is known in the local diving industry, has been redesigned interiorly to provide its guests with en-suite cabins, lots of on-deck relaxation space, and a large air-conditioned saloon to cool off in. It was originally built in Malaysia in 1962 as a merchant sailing vessel but was renovated into a classical yacht. Constructed mainly from hard teak wood called Takien Tong she's 30 metres long and has 3 masts with 330 square metres of sails.

The Junk's regular high season itinerary includes 1 extra day's diving so that you can also visit the more remote Surin Islands. Little visited by other tour boats, these uncrowded islands are fantastic for macrolife as well as some marine life you won't see in the Similans, such as bumphead parrotfish and black-tip reef sharks. In low season The Junk operates 4 night dive tours to the southern islands around Phuket and Phi Phi.

The divemasters have been working in the Similan Islands and throughout The Andaman Sea for several years now and their enormous passion for scuba diving and the underwater world adds further to this special liveaboard adventure in Thailand. They pass their enthusiasm on to their guests, and the dive briefings are the most thorough that you'll hear anywhere. If you haven't dived in a while, a free buoyancy workshop can be arranged on board. And as experienced scuba divers, you'll love the freedom to dive for as long as you like, within safe scuba limits of course.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

November 2015
Dep: 6 Nov Ret: 12 Nov Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 866
Dep: 12 Nov Ret: 16 Nov Similans-Richelieu US$ 668
Dep: 16 Nov Ret: 20 Nov Similans-Richelieu US$ 668
Dep: 20 Nov Ret: 26 Nov Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 866
Dep: 27 Nov Ret: 3 Dec Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 866
December 2015
Dep: 3 Dec Ret: 7 Dec Similans-Richelieu US$ 742
Dep: 7 Dec Ret: 11 Dec Similans-Richelieu US$ 668
Dep: 11 Dec Ret: 17 Dec Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 866
Dep: 28 Dec Ret: 1 Jan Similans-Richelieu US$ 742
January 2016
Dep: 1 Jan Ret: 7 Jan Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 962
Dep: 8 Jan Ret: 14 Jan Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 962
Dep: 18 Jan Ret: 22 Jan Similans-Richelieu US$ 742
Dep: 29 Jan Ret: 4 Feb Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 962
February 2016
Dep: 4 Feb Ret: 8 Feb Similans-Richelieu US$ 742
Dep: 12 Feb Ret: 18 Feb Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 962
Dep: 19 Feb Ret: 25 Feb Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 962
Dep: 25 Feb Ret: 29 Feb Similans-Richelieu US$ 742
Dep: 29 Feb Ret: 4 Mar Similans-Richelieu US$ 742
March 2016
Dep: 11 Mar Ret: 17 Mar Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 962
Dep: 21 Mar Ret: 25 Mar Similans-Richelieu US$ 742
Dep: 25 Mar Ret: 31 Mar Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 962
April 2016
Dep: 1 Apr Ret: 7 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 962
Dep: 8 Apr Ret: 14 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 962
Dep: 22 Apr Ret: 28 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 962

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More Trip Details....

Special offers: Book and pay before the end of Oct 2015 and get 10% Off trips in Nov and Dec 2015. Applicable to single bookings only (not charters). Offer expires: 31 Oct 2015

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers from Phuket airport and all hotels in Phuket (Patong, Kata, Karon, Chalong, Rawai, Kamala) and Khao Lak, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 25 per day), dive insurance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 5 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14 per park. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (approx. US$ 25 per day or approx. US$ 123 for the whole tour), torches, dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: The Junk's liveaboard tour departs from either Thaplamu pier in Khao Lak or Patong beach in Phuket, depending on the itinerary. 4 night trips begins and ends in Khao Lak. 6 night trips may begins either from Khao Lak and ends in Phuket, or begins in Phuket and ends in Khao Lak.. For more information see our Thailand travel information section.

Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement to the published price: add the 4-share price to the double cabin price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): 4 Nights - US$ 3,973; 6 Nights - US$ 3,311.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 2 double, 2 triple and 2 quad bed en-suite (private bathroom) cabins on the lower deck of this Thai liveaboard.

All the cabins have:
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Bedding
  • Toilet and hot water shower - unlimited showering
  • Towels
  • Mains outlet 220 volts AC 24 hours (110V adapter available)
  • Individual control reading lamps
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 8 / 8 - hot water

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
Crew comprises:
  • Tour leader (also a divemaster)
  • Deputy cruise leader (also a divemaster)
  • 1 extra Divemaster
  • Captain
  • Second Helmsman / Chief Engineer
  • Sails Manager
  • 2 x Cooks
  • 1 x Deputy Engineer
  • 2 Deck Hands / Dinghy Drivers
Nitrox - Dive platform at sea level - 2 Motorised dinghies - Free buoyancy workshop - Air-conditioned saloon with video, music system, marine & general interest library - 150m deck area for relaxation - Water dispenser

PADI certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver.

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Menu, cuisine type...
  • Thai and European main meal dishes and continental breakfast.
  • Buffet-style service in saloon on main deck - choose from 5 or 6 main dishes.
  • All dietary requirements can be catered for - please notify us in advance.
  • Dinner is also provided on the first evening and breakfast on the final morning of the cruise.
  • Operator considers dining as a very important part of the tour, and rates the cuisine as top quality.
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water, snacks and fruit are provided free of charge.
  • Soft drinks and beer are also available.
  • No fixed menu.

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technical specifications...
  • Built in year 1962, restored in 1998
  • Size - 30m x 8.5m
  • Weight - 140 tonnes
  • 330 square metres of sails
  • Top speed - 8 knots
  • Cruising speed - 7 knots
  • 1 x 380 HP engine
  • 2 x 50 KW generators
  • 2 x Bauer Mariner dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 11.2 litre aluminium tanks (15 litre also available for rent in advance) with Int. fittings (DIN adapters free of charge)
  • Electricity 220V; 24 hours per day (110 volts adapter available)
  • Water capacity - 6,000 litres
  • Watermaker - 6,000 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 10,000 litres

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navigation, safety features...
  • 1 Life raft (max. 25 pax)
  • 2 x Motorised diving dinghies - 1 x 40 HP 5.8m & 1 x 30 HP 4.2m
  • 3 x VHF and 2 x CB radios
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Radar
  • Video depth sounder
  • Mobile telephone
  • Full-feature medic first aid box
  • Oxygen - 24,000 litres
  • EPIRB signalling device
  • 40 x life jackets in each cabin and throughout
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • No customer dive insurance included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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Customer reviews: 

"The welcome briefing very precise. The liveaboard manager was on the boat before we took off to make sure all was good for the guests on board and only upon confirming, took off to start the journey.
Very diligent helpful crew. Always on time with schedule. Was impressed how the pickup time was perfectly on time before boarding the boat and the preciseness continued.
Awesome food. Always was so much, good balance of vegetables, fish, meat, fruit with mix of Thai and western dishes." - Shiila Takaoka, Hong Kong ...

"We are talking about making this an annual trip, it was so good!" - Sharon Winders, UK ...

"Dive masters available at any moment and competence. Very good cooking, varied dishes. Kindness and availability of the boat crew." - Guy Raiwisque, France ...

"The crew were all very professional, the atmosphere was relaxed and the facilities first class. The food was plentiful and very good, if anything too good as I ate too much. All in all a very good experience." - Mark Saunders, USA ...

"The dive boat was well organised with good briefings conducted before each dive explaining what we would expect to see. The food was good too! It was also a unique experience to be able to sail on a junk!!" - Vivian Fong, Singapore ...

"Great divemasters, very professional and friendly, helpful and cheerful staff, great food. They took excellent care of another diver who had to be evacuated for decompression sickness on Day 2. That emergency medical situation was handled very professionally and calmly. Very nice, relaxed, friendly atmosphere on the boat, great video provided at the end of the tour." - Mia Hyun, USA ...

"The staff were excellent on the Junk. There was plenty of food. The dive guides were excellent. There were some passengers though that had the TV on from 6 am until 10 pm. They never turned the TV off. Maybe this should be mentioned in the initial dive brief that there are other customers onboard and not only them. A few customers did speak to the guides about this but they did not to seem to have any success with a big group of Americans! " - Karen Wellings, Saudi Arabia ...

"Wonderful people and a great Thai liveaboard crew. Eager to please and help in any way they could. Very knowledgeable about the dive sites. They had the equipment there and on time. They just didn't have a wetsuit that would fit me. They were helpful." - Brandon Babcock, USA ...

"We had an excellent time; best liveaboard we have ever been on. The diving was great; the divemasters were great and the boat staff was great too." - Michael Hayes, USA ...

"The operator was incredible. The boat was a one of a kind vessel which you should never pass up. The crew went out of their way to try and make sure we had everything we needed. Would definitely return to the ship in a heartbeat. I recommended this to all my friends and think some may be coming eventually. " - Oscar Prat, USA ...

"Unique well-kept liveaboard boat with friendly staff. Food was excellent. The divemasters were very personable and knowledgeable about the local sealife. Felt like I got very good value for the money. Would go again." - Drew Reese, USA ...

"The crew of The Junk was very helpful, ran a great boat and was very knowledgable. They made the trip just amazing. " - Ori Ayalon, Israel ...

"Excellent ambiance, strong emphasis on safety, professional, really tried their best. Not for free but good value for money." - Martin Aberg, Sweden ...

"Really professional guys, excellent guides! Boat crew is very good too, additional 'thanks' to cook Na. Rating would be excellent if the the price is lower. " - Anna Shtemberg, Russia ...

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