The PADI course is stretched over four days. Where the first day is really easy which just involves watching the PADI open water video. It may not be the most exciting thing but it help give an idea of what the open water course entails.
A rite of passage for any intrepid traveller, Thailand ticks just about every box in the 'holiday needs' category, from fascinating rainforests and sacred temples to stunning scenery and sublime sandy beaches - and that's before we even get to the incredible food or welcoming people.
This month I'm planning bus trips to a spice plantation, three historical Hindu temples, a famous waterfall called Dudhsagar Falls and the town of Old Goa; where I'm told I can join an excursion to see crocodiles.