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Similan Island In Phuket -Mother of all islands

Thailand, one of the top destination in Southeast Asia, is quite famous and attracts tourist from different parts of the world. Famous for its pleasant islands, scenic greenish-blue beaches, elegant shrines, and authentic temples, there is a lot to do in Thailand. Being a beach destination, every island has its unique and has its distinct characteristics and there are dozens to choose from. Pickyourtrail’s Thailand packages will help you choose the one you are looking for, whether you want to party till dawn, learn to dive, eat the best Thai food or escape from the world on a secluded, romantic break.

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Koh Phi Phi, Koh Chang, Koh Lipe, Similan island are some of the islands which are situated in Thailand. If you are looking for offbeat island experience, make sure Similan island tops your bucket list.

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If you are someone looking for island hopping, Similan island is the go-to place. Similan island is one of the most romantic and scenic islands with white sandy, rustic-chic beach shacks, a hammock gently swaying between two palm trees as a crystal clear water turquoise sea lap at the shore…
It is well known for its coral life and being one of the best island groups in the Andaman sea. Similan Island located 84 km northwest of Phuket away from the bustling crowd. The island is quite famous among the backpackers and diving enthusiastic. The island’s name is derived from the Malay word called Nine. Every island in Similan is named and they are numbered ranging from north to south: Hu Yong (No. 1). Hin Pousar, or ‘Elephant Head Rock’, Similan (No. 8), Koh Ba Ngu (No. 9), Payang (No. 2), Payu (No. 7), Payan (No. 3).

Dive into Similan island in Phuket

The salty beaches of the Similan islands are amazing and it has unique fishes such as lionfish and clownfish (Nemo) plus the visibility of underwater is the best that you can find in Thailand. The beaches in Similan island is inhabited by plenty of colourful fishes and it is a perfect place to dive and see palette full of colours underwater. The island is home for beautiful varieties of exotic birds such as Nicobar Pigeons, Sea eagles and kingfishers. The enormous biodiversity of the island is amazing. You can also see the turtle breeding facility run by the Royal Thai Marines in Ko Huyong, Similan island. The exotic varieties of flora species found in the islands are fabulous. But the incredible corals are the ones to watch out for. The island has mangrove forests and vegetations which are unique and extremely rare. They surely are breathtaking.

Blue sea water with boats
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What to do in Similan Island

Diving is one of the main activity one should never miss in Similan islands. With its crystal clear water, underwater visibility and exotic marine life, it has been a popular activity among divers and game fishers. Don’t forget to explore to National Park of Similan island. Of course, National Park has to be in the bucket list too if you are visiting Similan island. Similan is invaded mainly by the ones who are keen on snorkelling. Snorkelling is the best possible and one of the amazing way to explore diversity. Don’t miss to hop on the snorkelling boats that operate in Similan. Also, check out the top adventure watersport activities to do in your vacation.

Similan has hidden gems which will leave you agape in amazement. Make sure you have good hiking and trekking shoes. Yes, the island offers a smaller trek and hike along the ridges. If you are keen on bird watching, the island is home for a colourful bird. Try clubbing the diving and bird watching activity on similan island to have the best memorable vacation.

Amazing view of Cliffs and sea water
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Best time to visit

The island remains closed during monsoon. It is most recommended to visit Similan island in Phuket is from 16 May to 15 October every year. Right now the island is not open for the tourists for an indefinite period. Similan Islands, Ko Tachai, has now been closed since May 15, 2016, and the island is recovering from the damage that was brought on by the massive crowding of visitors.

Entrance fee of the national park is 500 baht for adults and for children it is 300 baht. If you are holding Thai citizenship then the entry fee for adult is 50 baht and for children, it is 20 baht.

The entry fee for diving in Similan island comes with an additional cost of 200 baht per day and most of the boats charge you extra if you don’t ask them before boarding.

If you are looking for a similar exciting beach destination to relax and enjoy, check out the top beach destination itinerary. Plan your vacation to Thailand with Pickyourtrail. Happy travelling!

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