Lost City in Sangkhlaburi Thailand
Lost City in Sangkhlaburi – Discovery Diving Trip
November the 21st 2009 saw Mermaid Dive run its first dive trip to the Lost City in Sangkhlaburi. This is a fresh water lake on the Thailand side of the Thai Burmese Myanmar border.
The trip was mainly run to dive and explore the submerged temples, pagodas and other structures that were flooded. Flooding occurred in the late 1980s when the Khwae Noi river was dammed by the Khao Laem Dam submerging many buildings including temples built 120 years ago.
Diving the Lost City
Divers made 2 dives in the day while cruising around on a large house boat. The boat was comfortable with lunch and drinks on board, plus changing rooms. As we descended the first time we were greeted with low visibility. After a few moments our eyes adjusted and we were treated to the historical treasures that the temples and pagodas offered us. Being able to dive around, through and over these structures was awesome. It surprised us to find many old artefacts such as religious statues. Stone roads leading between buildings with wall carvings and Buddha images weave in and out. decorating the inside and exterior of these magnificent structures built over 100 years ago.
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Apart from the diving we also made good use of the beautiful views from our resort restaurant. The view from the side of a mountain overlooking the lake and villages was lovely as we socialised nightly.
Before heading back to Bangkok, we toured 2 temples on dry land located around the lake. We had a wonderful lunch and did a bit of shopping at the famous “3 Pagodas Pass” situated on the Myanmar border.
The 2009 Sangkhlaburi trip was the first trip to this area. Judging by the response of the divers who attended this maiden voyage it certainly won’t be the last!
If any divers outside wish to join us for the next trip please feel free to contact.