Similan Islands National Park
Similan Islands National Park
The Similan Islands National Park is a marine national park which has the clearest sea and the finest white sand in Thailand. There are nine islands in a line from north to south. The word Similan is from the Melayu language which means nine. There are nine islands: Hu Yong Island, Pa Yang Island, Pa Yan Island, Miang Island, Ha Island, Pa Yu Island, Hua Kalok Island (Bon Island), Similan Island, and Ba Ngu Island. Nowadays, there is another island which joins the Similan Islands National Park called Ta Chai Island. This island is between Similan Island and Surin Island.
There are two possible routes to take around the national park. The first one is the general trip at Paet Island or Similan Island where you can camp overnight. The notable features of this island are the horseshoe-shaped bay and the sailboat-shaped stone. The second possible route is Si Island or Miang Island where the office of the national park is located. You can see the stunning beach and visit the Lan Kha Luang viewpoint. At the viewpoint, the scene is as beautiful as the one from the Hin Ruea Bai Viewpoint at Paet Island. There are resorts and a source of fresh water available for tourists.
There is an island called Nueng Island or Hu Yong Island, where tourists are not allowed to travel. This is the most naturally preserved island in the entire park. The island is reserved for sea turtles which lay their eggs around November to February. One of the attractions at Similan Islands is the beauty of world ranked deep-water coral reefs. You can experience both snorkeling and diving around the national park. The high season of Similad Islands is from November to April. It is stormy during the month of May, so the national park is closed.
How to get there
Similan Islands is about 40 kilometers from the mainland. The nearest pier is Thup Lamu Pier which is about 20 kilometers from Tagua Pa District. Follow the route no. 4 (Tagua Pa-Tai Muang). Around Ban Kaen, there is a junction on the right, it is about 5 kilometers to the pier. Before reaching the pier you can see the office of Similan Islands National Park on your left.
It is a comfortable two hour trip to Similan Island. There are several daily powerboat services available for tourists in high season (November-April). It is 1,500 baht for a roundtrip. It is possible to stay overnight and return the next day. Additionally, you can get there by charter boat. Ask for more information as this service is not available every day. Expect to pay 20,000-40,000 baht to charter a boat if you travel as a group.
Camping is available at Paet Island and there is a guest house at Si Island resort with fan or air-conditioner including facilities.
Address: 93, Mu 5, Ban Thup Lamu, Phetkasem Road, Lum Kaen Sub District, Tai Muang District, Phang Nga Province, Thailand 82210For more information, you can contact Similan Islands National Park
Telephone: 0 7645 3272, 07642 1365 , Office 0 7659 5045
Tour Service: Medsye Tour 0 7644 3276, 08 1893 8042 / Seatran Travel 0 7621 3510, 0 2240 2572-6