Surin Islands National Park
There are five islands in this national park:
Surin Nua Island (Koh Su Rin Nua), Surin Tai Island (Koh Su Rin
Tai), Ree Island (Koh Ree), Khai Island (Koh Khai) and Klang Island
(Koh Klang). This group of islands is close to the marine boundary
between Myanmar and Thailand and has one of the most remarkable
panoplies of coral reef life to be found anywhere. Snorkeling gear
would be proficient enough to see the coral. Tourist attractions
within the national park are:
Tao Bay: Located on the east of Surin Tai Island, this bay
is home to many sea turtles living near the beautiful coral reefs.
Phak Kaad Bay: This bay is on the south of Surin Tai Island
or Pachumpa Island. There are many large fish living in the coral
Mai Ngam Bay: This bay is on the west of Surin Nua Island.
Visitors can either see the beautiful nature here on foot or by
long-tail boat, the beach is 2 kilometers long. There is also fresh
Khai or Thorilla Island: Located south of Surin Tai Island,
this island has a long and beautiful coral reefs on its west coast,
great for snorkeling.
Chak Bay (the bay in front of Ree or Stork Island): This
bay is on the north of Surin Nua Island and also has a beautiful
Sea Gypsy Village: About 130-150 sea gypsies, or as called
in Thai, "Chao Lay" or "Morgan", live on the north of Surin Tai
Island. This tribe of sea gypsies has continued to live in its own
culture and traditions.
Richelieu Rock: Located on the east coast of the Surin Islands,
this rock is the most likely spot in the Andaman sea where divers
may see whale sharks. There is also a beautiful coral reef and many
other sea creatures.
To get there, you can go from:
- Kura-buri Pier: (about 2 hours) The pier is in Phang-nga.
Visitors can reserve a boat at the offices of the national park
at tel. 0-7649-1378
- Thap Lamu Pier: The pier is in Thai-Muang District. The
trip takes about 4 hours.
- Khaper Pier, Ranong: Visitors can also contact Chansom
Thara Hotel, where they have boats leaving from Chan Damri Beach
to Surin Islads.
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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