The June Hong Chian Lee which is also known as “The Junk” is a restored Chinese sailing vessel in teak wood. The junk ship was featured in “The Man With The Golden Gun” which was a 1974 James Bond film. For tourists, the junk ship offers a unique and different diving experience in the country of Thailand.
About the junk ship
In 2014, after the junk ship was included into the fleet of Worldwide Dive and Sail, guests and tourists have traveled on board her for activities like Similan Island diving and Surin Islands diving.
The junk ship is 33 meters long with three masts. It has six air-conditioned cabins which can accommodate 18 divers. The junk offers two person, three person and four person accommodations. Each cabin is also equipped with private bathrooms and hot showers.
Diving trip locations for WWDAS
With the closure of the Similan National Park from the months of May to October, the people at WWDAS have been providing other diving options to other locations such as in the Phi Phi islands, Hing Deang, Koh Haa and Hin Muang. There are options of ‘two days one night’ or ‘three days two nights’ cruises.
During the months of May to September, the company is providing dive trips to the islands of Koh Haa and to the Phi Phi National Marine Park. There are pinnacles, limestone walls with soft corals as well as shallow corals full of marine life. This is where divers are able to see the rich marine life such as ghost pipefish, tigertail seahorses, nudibranches, leopard sharks, bamboo sharks, black tip sharks, octopi, turtles, frog fish, scorpion fish and schools of snappers and barracudas.
With a good weather, the junk ship also does dive trips in Hin Muang and Hin Deang. These sites have schools of snappers and barracudas, small invertebrates, and even leopard and bamboo sharks.
According to WWDAS’ general manager Mark Shandur, the part of the Andaman sea which they are offering dives to has a variety for all levels. He also added that it is their pleasure to introduce their guests to these locations on board their junk boat.