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similan islands
similan islands
The Islands at Mu Koh Similan National Park, Phang-nga, Thailand
Koh Similan or Koh Paet
Koh Huyong is the largest island in this group of islands. It has a distinctive horseshoe-shaped bay. The average depth of the water is 60 feet. Underwater is full of rock formations and coral reefs in several shapes and forms such as deer, leaf, brain, and mushroom. The latter one is the most unspoiled coral found in the country. Its soft sandy beach is very beautiful and diving around here will let you see a lot of fishes and coral. To the north, lies a striking large rock formation with astonishing shapes such as boot and Donald Ducks head. The upper part of the beach is an ideal lookout point with a rock of a sailing boat shape.
Koh Huyong
the island offers the whitest and longest beach of all the nine islands. During turtles ’egg laying season, from November to February, there would be tracks on the beach from turtles that come onshore to lay eggs, resembling centipede tracks.
Koh Payang
Koh Ha Payang Island or Island 2, The area is full of rocky mountains with cliffs and rocks formation round the island.
Koh Ha
Ha Island or Island 5, It's a small island but interesting location for diving. The main attractions and uniqueness for this island is Garden Eels (white and grey eels) can be seen stretching their necks from holes in the sandy floor. There are so many of the place called “Suan Pla Lai”. Moreover, the area is also full of soft coral and stony coral.
Koh Payu
Payu Island or Island 6 has a very stunning snorkelling and scuba diving site on the eastern shore. Many divers prefer this site to any other because there are both hard and soft corals, sea fan and many species of schoolling fish. A minore site is found to the west, and another to the north has rocks covered with sea fans. The island has no beach.
Koh Payan
Koh Miang Payan Island or Island 3, The area is quite rocky with cliffs; there are no beaches on this island.
Koh Hin Pousar
Hin Pousar Island or Island 7 or Hin Huwagralok is the rock with the elephant head shaped-rock outcrop. Beneath this curious rock structure you will find caves, swim through and unique underwater formations to delight your eyes. This island is a rock of approximately 30 metres in width with piles of rock around it at a depth of 20-50 metres. Soft corals can be found along the cliffs and there are many types of fish around such as rabbit fish and wrasse. Further away from the piles of rock to the south, there are many sea fans scattering around at 30 metres. Manta rays and sea tortoises can also be found a little deeper.
Koh Hin Pousar
Koh Similan Hin Pousar Island or Island 7 or Hin Huwagralok is the rock with the elephant head shaped-rock outcrop. Beneath this curious rock structure you will find caves, swim through and unique underwater formations to delight your eyes. This island is a rock of approximately 30 metres in width with piles of rock around it at a depth of 20-50 metres. Soft corals can be found along the cliffs and there are many types of fish around such as rabbit fish and wrasse. Further away from the piles of rock to the south, there are many sea fans scattering around at 30 metres. Manta rays and sea tortoises can also be found a little deeper.
Koh Ba-ngu
is the ninth island of the Similan group of islands. It has a strange feature. Looking from one point, the shape of a skull can be seen. Underwater is as beautiful as a valley full of coral reefs, deep gorge, and various sizes of fish.
Koh Miang
map similan islands is the second largest island among 9 islands after Similan Island. It is where the office of the National Park is located. The island offers a scenic beach which is suitable for camping.
Koh Bon
Bon Island or Talu Island, there is a beautiful white powered beach on this island but no accommodation. The waters are suitable for scuba diving, and Whale Shark is often found here.
Koh Tachai
Tachai Island is located at the northern most tip of the park. There is a beautiful white powdered beach on the island but no accommodation. The water are suitable for SCUBA diving, and Whale Shark is often found here.
Koh Similan
Koh Similan or Island 8 is the largest island in the chain. The average depth of the waters around Similan is about 25 meters. Koh Similan has a very small bay on the western side where spiny lobsters rest in crevices and sea fans, plume worms and soft corals sway to the current. Above the sea, lies the huge symbolic rock of Koh Similan and its worth the hike to the top to enjoy a sweeping view of the sea.
Diving Spots
There are several diving spots that suit both snorkelling and scuba diving. The famous scuba diving spots including rock formations that lie to the west of Ko Tachai where whale sharks can be seen, Ko Bon, Christmas Point rock formation, Fantasy rock formation, and Ao Kwang En (to the east of Ko Paet), etc.
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Snorkelling spots are scattered around these nine islands. The interesting points are by the sailing boat rock, Ao Kwang En, and behind Miang Island.
Travel to the Similans
is easy from either Phang-Nga or Phuket. Chartered boats leave from Thap Lamu Pier in Thai Muang District of Phang-Nga and take about 3 hours to reach the islands. Here is also the office of National Park located. Alternatively, trips to the Similans can be arranged in Phuket. A boat trip from Patong Beach takes 2 hours by Andaman Marine Travel Tel 076 220 665, 076 220 184 to 6 Divers, however, go to the island on boat that leave from Patong Beach and also take 3 hours by diving companies.

Moreover, visitor can leave from Chalong Bay on scuba diving excursions. These leave in the evening and take about 7 hours. A typical dive trip lasts 4 nights and 3 days, and includes 10 dives. Prices range from 9,000 to 25,000 Baht, depending on the level of luxury, and include food, and accommodations. The Similans are regarded as mainly "deep water" diving.
Contact information:
Mu Ko Similan National Park
93, Mu 5, Ban Thaplamu, Phetkasem rd, Lamkaen Sub-district, Amphur Thai Muang Phangnga Thailand 82210 Tel. 076 595 045, 076 421 365; Fax. 076 595 210
Closing Times:
Raining season starting from mid of May - October with North - Western wind which has a highest level of rainfall. In rainy season, the park will be closed during 16 May - 14 November every year for visitors safety.
For those wishing to stay a short time on the Similans :
Basic are available at the National Park Office on Koh Miang and can be reserved by contacting : the Similan Islands National Park Office, Moo 1, Tambon Lam Kaen, Thai Muang District, Phang-Nga. Tel. (076) 959045, 421365.

The best period to visit the Similans is from December through April, March being the best month, when the winds are lowest and the water clearest.
The National Park Office, Ko Miang
park headquarter map

1 - Information 10 - Baan Poo Kai 2
2 - Restaurant 11 - Chomview Bungalow
3 - Diving Center 12 - Toilet
4 - Store Room 13 - Staff House
5 - Similan House 14 - Generator House
6 - Khun Prai House 15 - Garbage Storage
7 - Khun Kong House 16 - Reservoir
8 - Ruan Pra Tub 17 - Pump House
9 - Baan Poo Kai 1    


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