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April Newsletter

Dream Destination of the Month — Koh Talu

Our pick for this month’s dream destination is Koh Talu. This little, and little-known, island is situated off Bang Saphan, in Prachuap Khiri Khan, which is one of the western provinces of Thailand. It currently takes about two hours driving from Hua Hin, or five hours from Bangkok, and a 20 minute private speed boat ride to the island.

The island is very small, just 2.4 square kilometres in size, yet makes up with its scenic white sand beaches, clear waters, corals and abundance of nature. It’s perfect for snorkelling, diving, kayaking and simply unwinding on the beach.

Marine life is rich, not only with the critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle, which is now part of a conservation project on the island, but also other species such as the blacktip reef shark. They’re friendly with people and divers and often live together in coastal and coral reefs. This type of shark is a symbol of the abundance of coral reefs.

Koh Talu has the most complete fringing reef in the Gulf of Thailand. Diving points can easily be reached by walking from the beach. Eco-tourism is a high priority and alongside the turtle conservation there has been a continuous initiative to plant corals. In fact, since 1997, more than 40,000 new corals have been planted!

Can Any Pilot be a Seaplane Pilot?

Taking off from, or landing on, water is not something that is usually trained. In order to fly seaplanes, pilots need additional training which will endorse a new ‘class rating’ on their licence, authorising them to perform duties on seaplanes.

During that training course they are trained on seaplane specific tasks, such as how to co-exist with marine traffic, how to dock, and other aspects that are unique only to seaplanes.

The training varies by location and authority, but always includes ground training covering all theory aspects and flight training for a minimum of hours up to the point where the candidate meets the correct standards to be presented for a check-ride.

Recency is then insured through a biannual check (under US Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, authority) or re-validation (under the European Union Aviation Safety Agency), to ensure standards are maintained.

Safety being paramount in commercial operation and seaplane operation, at Siam Seaplane we make sure that all recency and qualifications are trained and maintained to the highest standards possible in close partnership with the authorities and training provider companies to ensure the best and safest possible experience for our guests.

Siam Seaplane in the News

The German TV channel Pro7 visited us in Bangkok to interview and fly with our Chief Business Officer for their lifestyle show ‘taff’. You can find the video with English subtitles on our YouTube channel here. Our Sales & Marketing Associate was also interviewed by Aero Telegraph in an informal article titled “Our airport is on the beach, surrounded by coconut trees”.

For more press mentions and enquiries, please see the side scrolling section below.

News & Press

October 28, 2021
Thailand Game Changer
An interview with our CBO about his career, building businesses, sustainability, and Siam Seaplane.
InterviewInterview
October 26, 2021
Web Manuals
Investing in digital manuals from the start. A case study of why our COO and Operations went with Web Manuals.
ArticleArticle
August 27, 2021
Diversity & Siam Seaplane
Blog: the concept of diversity in the workplace has been gaining more attention than ever. How does Siam Seaplane address this?
ArticleArticle
August 9, 2021
Prestige Thailand
Travel feature: getting to the beach should be as memorable as being there.
ArticleArticle
August 3, 2021
June & July Newsletter
Site inspections, partner discussions and regulatory progress; explore our partner hotel deal for Phuket Sandbox
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May 21, 2021
May Newsletter
Tell us more in a five minute survey — discover Koh Lanta's best kept secret; pilots' tools and our updates.
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May 6, 2021
Hello Magazine
Our CEO shares encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic, being a part of "9 Vivier's Ladies".
ArticleArticle
February 17, 2021
Startup.info
Re-defining transportation with seaplanes in Thailand: interview with our COO, Lionel.
InterviewInterview
February 4, 2021
January Newsletter
Warm wishes from the Minister of Tourism; Prachuap Khiri Khan, the unseen destination; and how we keep consistency in our flying...
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January 12, 2021
December Newsletter
Highlighting our 2020 achievements during a difficult year; dream destination Chon Buri; learn about: our propeller.
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January 7, 2021
Tatler Thailand
Executive Worakanya Siripidej is looking to soar to success with a new seaplane venture.
ArticleArticle
December 1, 2020
November Newsletter
Taking part in a travel innovation challenge, empowering children through indoor skydiving, learn about the PT6 engine, and more...
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November 20, 2020
Indoor Skydiving CSR Event
Siam Seaplane joined FlowNation and the Right to Play Foundation to empower children through the sport of indoor skydiving.
ArticleArticle
November 14, 2020
Expara Innovation Challenge
Siam Seaplane is one of three start-ups as part of regional VC's new program on the future of travel and tourism.
Press ReleasePress Release
November 4, 2020
October Newsletter
Our new intro video, a special deal with the Renaissance Pattaya, this month's dream destination and does it only need one pilot to fly a plane?
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October 5, 2020
September Newsletter
Our dream destination of the month, our special yacht charter offers, and the strengthening of our advisory board.
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September 28, 2020
New Advisory Board
Members include a diverse team of executives, spanning the aviation, hospitality and luxury goods industries.
Press ReleasePress Release
September 1, 2020
August Newsletter
Current international border status and our take, dream destination Samui, and: can planes fly & land anywhere?
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August 6, 2020
July Newsletter
Despite COVID, we make progress. Close collaboration with Government authorities, interesting facts & figures, and more...
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July 1, 2020
June Newsletter
Heaven on earth in Phuket, guest’s after-landing checklist, and more...
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June 10, 2020
DestinAsian
Getting around Thailand by Seaplane will soon become a reality
ArticleArticle
June 1, 2020
May Newsletter
Dream destination: Kanchanaburi, about seaplanes and the environment, and more...
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May 12, 2020
April Newsletter
Dream destination: Koh Talu, can any pilot be a seaplane pilot?, and more...
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April 24, 2020
Aero Telegraph
Our airport is on the beach, surrounded by coconut trees (in German)
InterviewInterview
April 22, 2020
taff, Pro7
Interview and flight with CBO Dennis Keller for the lifestyle show ‘taff’ on German TV channel Pro7
VideoVideo
March 31, 2020
March Newsletter
Our COVID-19 sitrep, seaplanes for delivery & evacuation, dream destination of the month: Koh Kood
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March 19, 2020
Smart Aviation APAC
Thailand’s Siam Seaplane Plans 2020 Debut
ArticleArticle
March 9, 2020
Tropic Ocean Airways USA & Siam Seaplane Sign Letter of Intent
Press ReleasePress Release
February 21, 2020
Aero Telegraph
Neue Wasserflugzeug-Airline will Thailands Inseln anfliegen (in German)
ArticleArticle
February 16, 2020
CH Aviation
Thailand's Siam Seaplane outlines operational plans
InterviewInterview
January 10, 2020
Seaplane Magazine
Siam Seaplane Thailand - Aims to Launch in 2020
ArticleArticle
November 28, 2019
CH Aviation
Thailand's Siam Seaplane targets 2Q20 launch
ArticleArticle
November 22, 2019
Matichon Online
“โอเชี่ยนมารีน่าฯ” จัดใหญ่ “พัทยา โบ๊ท โชว์ ปีที่ 8” หวังกระตุ้นท่องเที่ยวทางเรือ (in Thai)
ArticleArticle
November 21, 2019
Travel News Asia
Seaplanes in Thailand? Interview with Dennis Keller, CBO of Siam Seaplane
VideoVideo
November 21, 2019
Bangkok Post
A show for yacht lovers
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November 21, 2019
TTR Weekly
Marine lifestyle on show in Pattaya
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November 20, 2019
The Phuket News
Marine and lifestyle on display at 8th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show
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