Holidays in Phuket - Our Guide on Touring The Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are located just a hundred kilometers northwest of the bustling crowds of Phuket. Lying at the heart of the Andaman Sea, this archipelago is known for its unique beauty and its pristine beaches. The abundant marine life found underneath its waters makes Similan Islands one of the ten most exciting dive destinations on the planet.
“Similan” originates from the Malay word sembilan, meaning “nine.” This refers to the tiny islands that form this stunning archipelago. Each of these islets is assigned a number as well. There’s Hu Yong (No. 1), Payang (No. 2), Payan (No. 3), Miang (No. 4, 5, and 6), Payu (No. 7), Similan (No. 8), and Ba Ngu (No. 9).
The Similan Islands that belong to a protected national park are only open to tourists from October to May. If you’re traveling to this side of Thailand during these months, take a side trip to this little archipelago and let it surprise you.
Here’s everything you should know about Koh Similan:
The Similan Islands: Attractions and Wonders
If Krabi and Phang Nga Bay have their majestic limestone formations, The Similans are dotted with piles of giant boulders. Hot magma from millions of years ago formed these islands. These volcanic eruptions, partnered with powerful movements of the Earth’s crust, sculpted the unique topography of this tropical paradise.
The boulders you see on its shores are the same ones that make its waters a rich environment for marine life. There are underwater peaks, canyons, and caves that provide shelter to schools of fish, coral reef, and underwater creatures. This vibrant life beneath its shores makes Similan a spectacular playground for avid divers.
Above, the Similan landscape is just as beautiful. Its low-lying mountain formations are covered with dense forest, making it a treat for all nature lovers. You’ll find exotic trees such as rattan, bamboo, and jackfruit. This lush fauna also hides some of Thailand’s most impressive wildlife, such as monkeys, langurs, bats, lizards, and a wide variety of birds.
How to Get to the Similan Islands:
The nearest jump-off point to the Similan Islands is from Thap Lamu Pier in Phang Nga province. A speedboat trip from here would take about three hours. Other tourists come from Phuket and Khao Lak by hiring private boats. Consider joining a diving or snorkeling tour for more accessible transport. Once you dock, you’ll have to register at the national park’s entrance and pay an entrance fee.
Where to Stay in the Similan Islands:
Most tourists spend only a day on these islands as a side tour. We suggest staying overnight and even longer so you can fully explore its wonders. You’ll find modest accommodations on Island No. 4, which provide basic amenities such as air-conditioning and working bathrooms. You can also pitch a tent if you want to sleep under the stars.
Traveling to the Similan Islands is not easy, but once you get there, you’ll know why it’s worth the effort!
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