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Diving From A Junk Liveaboard

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.

The Difference between Leasehold and Freehold

Home ownership can be quite a complicated topic. The laws regarding home ownership differs by country. Every government imposes laws and restrictions on home ownership but most of them center on the fundamental forms of legal ownership. There can only be two: freehold and leasehold. There are some instances where sharing of the freehold is also allowed.

So if you are a foreign national eyeing a Hua Hin house for sale, you should take some time to learn more about legal home ownership.


If you are a freeholder, it would mean that the building or the property outright belongs to you. The property would be listed in your name in the land registry. This would mean that your title is absolute. In society today, majority of houses are freehold properties.

When you purchase a freehold property, this would mean that all the rights belong to you as well as the responsibility that come with it. You are the one responsible for maintaining the property and managing all its costs.

Purchasing a freehold property comes with a lot of benefits. The first one is that you do not need to worry about the expiration of leases as the property already belongs to you. You would not also need to deal with a freeholder, or the so-called “landlord” and all their service charges.


Leasehold means that you will be allowed to use the home for a number of years as agreed upon with the freeholder or the landlord. This means that you would have to sign a contract with the freeholder. Leases are often long-term, lasting for a number of years ranging from 90, 120 and even 999 years.

In leasehold, you would need a contract that would lay down the legal rights and terms for both sides. The freeholders will still retain their right to manage and maintain the property but when leaseholders have acquired their ‘right to manage,’ then it will also be their responsibility.

As a leaseholder, you would need to pay maintenance fees and annual service fees as required by the freeholder. Also, you would need to pay a share of the insurance as well as an annual ground rent.

Before you can conduct major works on the property, you would need to seek out the permission of the freeholder.

Lastly, you are a subject to the terms and conditions laid by the freeholder.