Scuba diving in HTMS Chang Shipwreck
The HTMS Chang, formally the USS Lincoln County, was originally commissioned by the United States Navy during the World War II. In 1962 she was handed over to Thailand government and served in the Royal Thai Navy for almost 50 years, supplying troops and vehicles. Today it is the biggest shipwreck in Thailand. It has been sunk on the 22nd of November, 2012 for the purpose of creating an artificial reef in order to attract scuba divers to this area. The ship is 100m long. It features 3 main decks and 7 sub decks positioned between the bridge and the bottom of the ship. The site is suitable for all diving levels and is also recommended for night diving.
When to go
The high diving season starts in October-November and lasts until April. The average air temperature stays between 20C/68F and 30C/86F throughout the year. The average water temperature is around 29C/84F.
What to see
The ship has lots of things to explore, including the captain’s cabin and mast at 12m/ft depth, troop cabins, the engine room, briefing rooms, the main holding area and much more. Among marine species occupying the wreck, divers can spot groupers, barracudas, squid, octopus, batfish, butterflyfish and shrimpfish as well as plenty of other tropical fish.