Similan Islands are an archipelago consisting of 11 islands named Ko Tachai, Ko Bon, also known as Ko Talu, Ko Bangu, Ko Similan, Ko Hin Pousar, Ko Payu, Ko Ha, Ko Miang, Ko Payan, Ko Payang, Ko Hu Yong. The islands are located in the Andaman sea off the coast in Phang Nga province, a national established in 1982.
Being known as one of the best diving sites in the world full of marine lives, beautiful coral reefs, crystal clear water, and white sand beaches, the islands have been so popular and later experienced a problem of overcrowded visitors that the authorities limited the numbers of visitors to 3,325 people a day.
How to get to Similan islands
There are a few options you can get to Similan Islands but the most popular one is to fly to Phuket as there are daily flights from Bangkok to Phuket. When you arrive in Phuket, you can book a day trip to some of the islands or to all the islands. The boats will leave for the islands from Chalong or Patong. It is possible to travel to the islands from Khao Lak or Ranong as well.
Diving and snorkeling
The main activities to do in the Similan islands are diving and snorkeling. The ideal time to visit is from October to April where the winds are mild and the water is clearer. With the exceptional crystal clear water, colorful fish and coral reefs are visible to the visitors. It is favorable to underwater photography to find marine lives beneath the waves to depths up to 35 meters and beyond.
Staying on the islands
Most of the visitors book a day trip which could be tiring at the end of the day. An amazing alternative way to enjoy the islands is to stay on an island overnight in a small tent or a bungalow having an incredible white sand beach as your balcony view. It is required to book tents and bungalows in advance. There is a restaurant near the beach serving meals and drinks.