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The Junk

  • Destination: Similans, Richelieu Rock and Surin
  • Trip Duration: 6 Day Safaris, November to May
  • Total Dives: Up to 4 Dives per day
  • Total Guests: 18
  • Nitrox:  Yes
  • Internet Access:  No
  • Departure Point:  Patong Bay, Phuket
  • Double Beds:  Yes
  • En-Suite:  Yes
  • Prices:  from 1,219 USD per person

SY June Hong Chian Lee ( The Junk) is a truly unique Similan Islands Liveaboard experience. An authentic and historical teak wood merchant sailing vessel she accommodates a maximum of 18 guest in 6 double or shared en-suite cabins. Built in Malaysia in 1962, mainly from hard teak wood, she is full of character, has an enormous deck for relaxation, and an air-conditioned interior saloon for cooling down during the afternoon sun. Her itinerary includes one extra day of diving to include some of the more remote areas of the Surin Islands not normally visited by Similan Liveaboards. Don't miss her 6 Day / 6 Night Phuket Liveaboard Safaris to the Similan and Surin Islands!

Prices Include: 
all prices are per person and include accommodation on board, all meals, most drinks (drinking water, coffee, tea, etc.), professional dive master services, scuba tanks, weights, weight belt, air, and 3-4 dives per day. We also include hotel transfers from the Patong Beach area (there is charge for pick up from other areas of Phuket).
Additional Charges: 
Equipment rental and national park fees are not included in the above prices and can be paid for upon arrival. Equipment rental is 25 USD (800 Thai Baht) per day for a full set of equipment including a wet suit. Park fees in Thailand are 24 USD (800 Thai Baht) for entry and 6 USD (200 Thai Baht) per day. PADI diving courses and alcoholic beverages will also be paid for on the boat.
A Cabin For Everyone

SY The Junk Liveaboard Thailand - Cabins & Facilities

On the lower deck of the Junk there are 6 large and rustically comfortable en-suite cabins to accommodate her guests.All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, reading lamps, and towels provided.The Junk usually departs with fewer than the maximum of 18 as most cabins are booked as twin share.

The Junk Offers Three Cabin Configurations: 2 Double Bed Cabins - Double Size Bed (Lower Deck), 2 Triple Share Cabins - Twin Size Beds (Lower Deck), 2 Quad Share Cabins - Twin Beds (Lower Deck).

Each Cabin Features the Following:

  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
  • Private Bathroom and Toilet with Hot / Cold Water
  • Walk In Shower
  • Hand Basin and Bathroom Counter Space
  • Toiletries and Towels Bed Linens
  • Bed Side Reading Lamp
  • 2 pin 220V electricity (bring an international adaptor)
  • Luggage Space

The Quad Share Cabins are ideal for a family or a group traveling together. All cabins on the Junk are of the same standard.

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SY The Junk Liveaboard Thailand - Dive Itinerary

The itinerary of the Junk is meant to deliver the best diving of the Similan Islands, Surin Islands and Richelieu Rock within the time allotted for the liveaboard cruise. Her schedule will consist primarily of 5 Day and 6 Night cruises to the best dive sites in Thailand(Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, and the mysterious Surin Islands). With five days and the extra night, it's the perfect amount of time to really see the best of Thailand's diving.

Sample Itinerary

Day of Departure (First evening on The Junk)

  • 16:30 - 17:00 Hotel and Airport Pickup
  • 18:00 Depart from Chalong or Patong Bay
  • 20:00 Dinner Cruising to Similan Islands

Diving Days 1 thru 4

  • 3 to 4 Dives per Day

Diving Day 5

  • 2 to 3 Dives
  • 14:30 Depart the Similan Islands and Sail to Patong
  • 23:00 Arrival Patong Bay (Possible to Disembark)

Last Morning on The Junk

  • 07:00 Breakfast Onboard
  • 09:00 Transfer to Hotel or Airport after Breakfast on The Junk

This does not represent an exact itinerary, it is approximate only. Every cruise is different. Itineraries depend on current conditions, time of year, weather, currents, captain, cruise director, and guest preferences. We do our best to put you at the best sites possible on every dive.

We take no responsibility for scheduling or itinerary changes due to changing weather, political situations, natural disasters or other events beyond our control. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for any kind of trip you do anywhere in the world. We also recommend that you have DAN or other diving accident insurance up to date and current in case of an unanticipated evacuation or other treatment that may not be covered by your regular insurance.

SY The Junk Liveaboard Thailand - Boat Description

Who needs "Pirates of the Caribbean" when the SY June Hong Chian Lee is cruising the Andaman Sea. Live the adventure of sailing and diving the Similan Islands onboard a historic and authentic teak wood merchant sailing vessel. The Junk as she is called by the local diving community is one of the most recognized and loved liveaboards in all of Southeast Asia.

Her interior has been redesigned and upgraded to accommodate a maximum of 18 guests on unforgettable 6 D / 6 N diving cruises to the Similan and more remote Surin Islands. The Junk's unique itinerary which includes one extra day of diving allows the time to visit the less explored dive sites of the Surin islands which offer incredible macro life and marine species like bump head parrot fish and black tip reef sharks that you will not see in the Similan Islands. Experience the best of Thailand diving on one of the most unique and fascinating liveaboard diving vessels anywhere on the planet.

Built in 1962 for charcoal transportation, the June Hong Chian Lee was part of a small merchant fleet that traded goods up and down the coastline from Burma to Malaysia. She was used to transport mango wood charcoal until 1985 when she was restored and redesigned for the first time to serve as a classic sailing yacht. In 1997 she changed ownership and was again completely restored as an exotic liveaboard diving vessel.

According to historical accounts, The Junk has a murky past with stories of pirate cargo hidden beneath her black and dirty cargo. Secret compartments were often built deep inside the bulkheads of a junk, which were used to transport contraband and black market goods. As the story goes The Junk became infamous for dropping anchor beside coastal caves rich with gold ore which the pirates blasted out and confiscated as their booty. The gold was then hidden below deck, transported, and later sold on the black market.

The present day June Hong Chian Lee is as intriguing as her sordid past. She has been featured in many of Hollywood films including James Bond's "The Man with the Golden Gun", "Swiss Family Robinson", and most recently on the set of "Shanghai" starring John Cusack. The Junk offers a strange mix of past, present, and adventure that will please even the most seasoned divers.

Entertainment, Dining, and Common Areas

Constructed mainly of a hard teak wood called Takien Tong, the SY June Hong Chian Lee is 30 meters long, weighs in at 140 tons, has three masts, and an incredible 330 square meters of sails. The huge masts, which support her massive sails, rise 23 meters above the deck and were cut from enormous hard wood trees that date back over 300 years.

On the lower deck there are 6 large and rustically comfortable en-suite cabins to accommodate her guests. There are two private double cabins, two shared triple (can be booked as double or twin), and two shared quads (can be booked as twin share).The Junk usually departs with fewer than the maximum of 18 as most cabins are booked as twin share. All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, reading lamps, and towels provided.

For relaxing between dives or in the evening the interior air-conditioned saloon is as charming as the guest cabins. Most everything in the saloon area is constructed of or finished in asian hard woods giving it a warm and rustic feeling. There is a video and entertainment system for your use, and a library of marine and general interest books. Her 150 square meter topside deck is great for enjoying a morning sea breeze, and a cup of coffee before diving. The dive deck is one of the largest and most comfortable of any liveaboard in Thailand.

A Spacious Dive Deck

The crew and dive masters aboard The Junk are some of the most experienced and professional in the diving industry. They have been sailing and diving in the Similan Islands for several years now and their enormous passion for scuba diving and the underwater world adds further to the special dive adventure the June Hong Chian Lee offers. The crew attempts to pass their enthusiasm along to their guests with detailed dive briefings and a knowledge of marine life that is unsurpassed in Thailand. The commitment of this liveaboard is to an outstanding and unique diving experience combined with the highest level of customer service and comfort.

SY The Junk Liveaboard Thailand - Getting to the Boat

Similan Islands liveaboard cruises on The Junk depart from Patong Beach harbor on Phuket Island. There are direct flights to Phuket from Singapore, Malaysia, some cities in Europe, and from Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is the hub of Southeast Asia and is easily accessible from Europe, Asia, Australia, America, and the Middle East. Upon arrival in Phuket you will be greeted at the airport or your hotel and escorted to the liveaboard, its that easy!

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