The last of the 12-member Wild Boars team and their coach were brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night. They planned to be in the cave for an hour, but flood waters forced them deeper into the cave until they were stranded.
"I want to eat [crispy pork belly stir fry]", said Pornchai Kamluang, 16. British cave divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen found the group on July 2, squatting on the ledge in the flooded chamber.
Tributes from Thailand and around the world have poured in for Saman, a triathlete and diver who retired from the military in 2006 and worked at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport before volunteering to help with the rescue in northern Thailand.
Duangpetch Promtep, 13, said: "Thank you for all the moral support".
Two of the boys with pneumonia are responding well to treatment, and all are expected to be able to return home to their families on Thursday.
"Hello, I'm Dom, my health is good".
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday global members of the rescue team would be given a "Thailand Elite" card worth 500,000 baht ($15,000) with benefits including a 5-year visa in thanks.
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Thailand Cave Rescue: All 12 Boys And Coach Rescued From Flooded Cave
The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said. They were not the only members of football's fraternity to send their support to the Thai boys and their rescuers.
The rescue gripped the world, with much praise focusing on the navy SEALs and worldwide team of divers who helped them, toiling for days in unsafe conditions to get the boys out. Some said they were looking forward to eating their favorite food such as pork fried rice and sushi.
"I want to tell the boys, please don't blame yourselves", Valeepoan told reporters on scene.
"I'm healthy now. Thank you for worrying about me and thank you for going in [to the the cave] to help me out". In addition to the severe weight loss and dehydration, numerous young men had also contracted pneumonia, but by the time of publication, most had recovered from their illness according to Thai Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn. He said: "Are we heroes? But it's really the worldwide team I would like to focus on and the Thai SEALs".
He said the youths were recovering well and were staying in the hospital to receive the full dose of antibiotics for seven days in accordance with the treatment plan.
Australian divers have told of the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a Thai cave system as each was passed "hand to hand" on stretchers between the rescuers to get them out. "I use pride to repress my sadness", she said.
An honour guard hold up a picture of Saman Kunan, 38, a former member of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit who died working to save 12 boys.