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About Similan Islands

Koh Similan is a favorite island group in the Andaman Islands mainly because of the wonders beneath the clear blue waters that surround it. Established in 1892, it is a National park with low-lying formations covered with thick forest. Similan means nine in Yawi language because of the nine islands. The park is an archipelago containing nine islands called Ko Tachai, Ko Bon, Ko Bangu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Hok, Ko Ha, Ko Miang, Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong. The main highlight, however, is the Ko Similan island, which is the largest island. Underwater in the island is particularly piquing, full of rock formations and coral reefs in shapes resembling deer, leaves, the human brain, and mushrooms. Ko Huyong has the longest and expansive beach in the park where turtles come to lay their eggs. The Similan National Park is famous for its diving sites. There are two different kinds of diving sites - the East side diving consisting of gently sloping coral reefs (East of Eden being the most famous), and the west side is known for its huge underwater granite boulders with numerous swim-throughs, a maze being particularly popular. You may not find a regular boat service to the islands, but if you want to do it like a true blue traveller does, try to get a get on one of the locals boats headed in that direction. That's an adventure of its kind!

Pro Tip: A traveller must plan a day long trip (may be two) to these islands. It is open to visit from May 15 to Oct 15.

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