‘The theory is important but it is time in the water is that makes the diver’
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The ship is a tank landing craft commissioned in 1944 as USS Lincoln County for the U.S. Navy and used in South East Asia at the end of World War II. Later used in the Korean war during the 1950’s it was then sold to the Thai navy and renamed HTMS Chang in 1962.
After decommissioning it was sunk, appropriately, off the island of Koh Chang on 22nd November 2012. The sinking was so well carried out that the ship settled upright on the seabed with the main deck level.
It has created a 100 metre long artificial reef in an area where there are no reefs nearby. The result is that it is teeming with marine life and attracts the very small to the very, very big making it one of the premier ‘must see’ dive sites in Thailand.
The wreck lies at 30/31 metres on the seabed, therefore a fun diver needs to be qualified to 30 metres to get the best of the dive site. Whilst there are some very simple ‘swimthroughs’, wreck penetration needs Wreck Speciality training. Because of the depth, Deep 40 and Enriched air will also add to the experience. Check out our wreck training special offer price.
Sea conditions in low season often prevent us visiting the wreck.
Please check out our facebook page for up to date photographs around the HTMS Chang.