Similan Islands National Marine Park
Made up of nine islands, the Similan Island National Park is an idyllic place of breathtaking natural beauty, where powder white beaches, turquoise seas and lush green flora are home to fascinating wildlife.
Out in the Andaman Sea, 40km to the west of Khao Lak, the Similan Islands are renowned for their natural beauty and incredible marine life. Over the course of time, huge smooth grey boulders have been deposited on white-sand beaches that are lined by verdant green trees one side, and crystal-clear sapphire-coloured waters on the other.
‘Similan’ is derived from the Malay word for nine, and each of the islands are known both by name and number. Looked after by the Royal Forestry Department, the waters surrounding the islands are home to the largest concentration of reef fish in Thailand, as well as over 200 species of hard coral, making them excellent snorkelling and diving spots. Inland, the forested interiors are home to the colourful Nicobar pigeon, crab-eating macaque and the dusky leaf monkey. With an abundance of wildlife and marine life in an idyllic island setting, this is the perfect spot for nature lovers.
How to see it with Kuoni
Explore the Similan Islands by speedboat from Khao Lak. Enjoy the white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters of island no. 9 (Ko Ba-Ngu). Take a trek to the viewpoint or sail to neighbouring island no. 8 (Ko Similan) before a lunch at Marine National Park’s restaurant on island no. 4 (Ko Miang), followed by more snorkelling and swimming at your leisure. The park is closed in the rainy season, from 16 May-31 October, every year.
Independent travel options
As the Similan Islands do not have an airport, they are only accessible by sea. While there are a number of companies that offer trip out to the islands from Khao Lak, and Phuket, it is important to ensure that they are certified by the TAT, are fully insured, and have knowledge of the islands and their conservation.
There is a limited amount of accommodation available on the islands, with bungalows only available on island no. 4. Other alternatives include tents that are available for hire (private camping is prohibited), or for diving enthusiasts, liveaboards, where you stay on your boat overnight.