There is no doubt that Thailand is home to countless stunning islands. However, the Similan Islands have that certain something that make them just a tad more beautiful. Crystal clear waters, spectacular sea life and white sandy beaches with huge boulders surrounding the shore. It’s the ultimate island destination for water enthusiasts and beach lovers alike.
When researching and planning our Thailand itinerary, my boyfriend came across the Similan Islands. A quick google search later revealed what the fuss about these islands in Thailand is about. The Similan National Park is a set of nine rather small, inhabitant islands of which only a couple are open to the public in order to protect the untouched nature. The picturesque islands feature turquoise colored water, pure soft sand and are a popular spot for diving and snorkeling.
We booked an one day trip to the islands to snorkel in the stunning waters and to explore the jungle covered island. We were particularly excited to spot some turtles, but unfortunately we haven’t been lucky that day. However, we saw countless beautiful colorful fish and enjoyed the gorgeous beach to the fullest. If you’re a vivid diver, then I would suggest you to book a diving trip that lasts several days to fully take advantage of the beauty these islands have to offer.
How To Get There
The Similan Islands are located about 60 km off of the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Our bumpy speed boat ride took about an hour from Khao Lak. The easiest way to get to the islands is by booking a trip through a tour company, as there are no regular ferries departing to the islands. To preserve the National Park, it is only possible to visit these islands between November until April (dates can vary slightly every year).