Similan Islands National Park
Islands (Moo Koh Si Mi Lan); this group of nine small islands located
50 kilometers off the west coast of Phang-nga in the Andaman Sea,
has been rated by Skin Diving Magazine in the USA as one of the
ten most beautiful spots in the world because of its beauty both
underwater and on land. From north to south the islands are: Bon
Island (Koh Bon), Ba Ngu Island (Koh Ba Ngu), Similan Island (Koh
Si Mi Lan), Pa Yoo Island (Koh Pa Yoo), Ha Island (Koh Ha), Miang
Island (Koh Miang), Ba Yan Island (Koh Ba Yan), Pa Yang Island (Koh
Pa Yang), and Hu Yong Island (Koh Hu Yong). The offices of the national
park are located on Miang Island, as there is fresh-water on the
island. Ta Chai Island between Similan Islands and the Surin Islands,
is also part of the national park. Tourist attractions here in the
national park are:
Island: This is the largest island in the national park and
has a curing bay resembling a horse shoe. The underwater view here
is spectacular with beautiful coral reefs, idea for diving. The
beach on the island is white, fine graining sand. On the north end
of the island are extraordinary-looking rocks. Once of them, for
example, resembles a sailboat. This spot is fantastic view point.
Puzar Rock: Also known as Skull Island (Koh Hua Kha Loke)
or Baby Elephant Rock (Hin Luek Chang), the under water landscape
here is like valleys in a mountain, all of them full of coral and
fish. Dolphins can sometimes be spotted here.
Hu Yong Island: This island boasts the whitest and longest
beach in the national park. During November to February sea turtles
come up to the beach to lay eggs.
Miang Island: This is the second largest island in the national
park and boasts beautiful beaches. There is also fresh water on
the island. The offices of the national park are here.
Ta Chai Island: This is the island located between the Similan
Islands and the Surin Islands. On the island are rocks, streams,
waterfalls, beautiful beaches, and near-extinct species as Nicobar
To get there, from Thap Lamu Pier (Thar Rue Thap La Mu) which is
located in Thai-Mueng District, Phang Nga Province. The trip takes
2 - 3 hours. Large boats and speed boats are available for rent
here, or visitors could contact the national park's office at the
pier or buy tour from many tour agencies in Phuket and Phang Nga.
Accommodations on the Similan Islands can be reserved at the Similan
Islands National Park Offices, Moo 1, Tambon Lamkaen, Thai Mueng
District, Phang Nga. Tel. 0-7659-5045, 0-7642-1365.
The national park is open to the public during November 16th - May
15th of each year. However, checking the weather conditions before
going is recommended.
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