All About the Beautiful Similan Islands in Thailand!
A day or even a week cannot be enough to tour Thailand with its wide array of fantastic tourist spots and colorful festivals. After your first holiday vacation in Thailand, you would probably realize the need for planning a second trip to intensify your fun and learn more about the country’s wonders. Similan Islands happen to be one of the major Thai attractions best known for diving and snorkeling. It is located within the waters of Andaman Sea, 120 kilometers northwest of Phuket and 50 kilometers to the west of Khao Lak in southern Thailand.
The famous group of islands covers about 140 square kilometers in total, consisting about 9 islands including Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Paying, Ko Miang, Ko Payan, and Ko Huyong. They were established in 1982, but the coral reefs are about 5000 years old, making them the oldest in Thailand. Such an attraction is scheduled to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the near future. Similan Islands contain several places offering delicious food at relatively low prices. The national park entry fee is about 400 baht, while a daily diving service is about 200 baht.
How do I get to Similan Islands and what can I do there?
The nearest airport to the islands is the Phuket International Airport. From here, you can then proceed to Tap Lamu port, which is 70 kilometers away. There are different ways you can use to reach this port, but you can conveniently hire a Khao Lak taxi for a guaranteed reliable transportation service. Or better yet, use a bus or car hire. Traveling via a bus should take you about 3.5 hours to Taplamu. From Taplamu port, you can either use a speed boat, which takes about 80 minutes and usually costs 2000 baht (larger boats will take about 3 to 5 hours) or a boat owned and operated by the National Park. There are also snorkel and transit tours offering the best deals while moving from one island to the other. Prices for a guided diving trip, on the other hand, range from 1000 to 5500 baht.
Apart from diving, you may learn how to swim in Similan Islands through the help of their experienced divers. Indeed, there’s a wide range of exciting activities you and your loved ones can do in one of Thailand’s top attractions!