Mostly referred to as the Similan Islands, Mu Koh Similan National Park is a group of nine islands in the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Thailand. They lie 31miles (50km) west of Khao Lak.
These islands are famous for diving and names like Koh Bon and Koh Tachai bring images of manta rays to the minds of divers. Turtles come to the islands shores to lay their eggs and, as such, many islands are off limits to visitors. There is supposed to be no fishing in this region, and visitors must pay park fees to enter. The monsoon conditions shut the park from mid-May to late October.
While the best way to explore the delights of the Similan Islands is by boat trip, if you want to stay it’s possible to book space in the national parks tents or bungalows. If you visit on a boat trip, these will take you ashore on the pristine islands that you are allowed to explore. Expect white powdery sand and a castaway feeling.
If fish aren’t your thing then maybe birds are; the islands offer some great bird spotting.
The closest place to the Similan Islands is Khao Lak. Trips do leave from Phuket and Ranong too.
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