Similan Islands (Thailand)

Similan Islands Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Fred von Lohmann

For divers.

The Similan Islands are an archipelago off Phang Nga Province in ThailandCrowded
Known as a diver's paradiseThe Corals aren't in great state everywhere
The usual (or maybe not...) spectacular scenery

I love it. Just when you think you've heard of every Thai island under the sun, you discover a new one that may just one up all of the others. At least if you are a diver, as these islands off the coast of Phang Nga Province are an absolute hotspot for diving and probably the best place to get your head under water in the whole of Thailand. And even if you're not, the bright turquoise waters, sparkling white beaches, jungle in the interior and stunning panoramas from the rocky viewpoints may still convince you to come.

Although part of the much larger Similan Islands Marine National Park, the focus here is on an archipelago of nine islands of which Ko Similan is the largest (but Ko Miang has the visitor's center so is more visited). The islands are practically uninhabited (except for the odd park ranger here and there), so most divers travel in for the day. Be warned though, that the corals here are not in pristine shape, and you surely won't be the only visitor for the day... The easiest way to travel in is from Phuket. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Similan Islands is a region in Thailand. It is situated at an altitude of 659ft and the best airport to fly into is HKT (Phuket International, Phuket)
  • The main spoken language here is Thai, and the average English skill is low
  • The currency used in Thailand is the Thai baht (THB)

Similan Islands Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

90 90 90 91 91 91 91 91 90 90 86 84

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

1.2 1.3 3.1 4.5 10 9.4 10.1 12.4 13.7 13.9 7.4 2.6

More Similan Islands travel resources

You may wish to read on at Wikitravel. If you want more background on diving here, head over to Dive the World, and for info specific to the islands you can also hit up

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