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Exploring the HTMS Khram Wreck

The Khram being sunkOn Feb. 1, 2003 , the Thai navy sank a decommissioned U.S. warship near Koh Phai and Koh Larn islands off Pattaya to turn it into a breeding ground for marine life. While the ship was sunk to mark His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn's 50th birthday, the Khram wreck has since become a gift to every diver in the Gulf of Thailand.

The United States gave this ship (Former USS LSM-469) renamed HTMS Khram to the Thai Navy on the 25 May 1962. The ship, now dilapidated beyond repair, has been in use for more than 60 years. It now lies about 300 meters from Koh Phi in 30m of water.

This ship has been well prepared by the Thai Navy as a dive site, and is free from armaments, oil and most hazards to divers. Large holes have been cut in many areas and penetration dives through the ships passageways rarely The Radio Room Aerials have become a fish farm takes the diver out of natural light. Care should be taken with a few of the rooms though, as big steel watertight doors are still fitted and may be locked easily with the unsuspected diver still inside.

The Bridge & Radio Room

This is the highest area of the wreck. It is possible to stand on the bridge at 15m depth. all the glass has been taken out of the windows (sadly the portholes have gone too, sigh!) telegraph, steering mechanism, and any bits that may be used as spare parts have gone. Entry into the bridge area is simple and safe. A few new divers will probably have there certification cards presented to them in this room.

Deck Area and Side Passageways

The ship was made for carrying tanks, troops and equipment to a beach head, so the center of the boat is a large flat area with built up sides. Khram DeckThere are several points of entry into the well lit side corridors, don't kick up the silt in them though as you swim through, else a complete silt out will occur.

Engine Room

Located aft, entry via a large access hole in the middle of the load deck. again, great natural light in this area (unlike most engine rooms) Both main engines have been removed (probably to use a spare for her Thai Navy sister ship HTMS Kood). This is a great tech diving classroom, with pipes gauges and dials everywhere, though who knows how long they'll stay. Again, careful with silt in this are, as it's possible to get trapped under overhanging ledges going far under the deck.

The dive site is marked by 2 buoys at each end of the wreck

HTMS Khram Fact Sheet

Class Landing Ship Medium