Visit Thailand - Visit Similan Islands

The Similan Islands are just about 84 kms northwest of Phuket in the blue crystal waters of the Andaman Sea. The islands have become popular with tourists because of their clear blue waters, especially among divers. The most interesting spots, therefore, seems to be found beneath the waves. Many spectacular coral growths in the world can be found here.

The Similan Islands have become just as popular in their own right because of the low-lying formations covered with thick forests of Ironwood and gum trees. The islands are also home to many types of animals as well as endangered animals.

The Similan Islands consist of ten small islands. The first island is Hu-Yong or Koh Nueng (Koh means island in Thai). Koh Nueng has got a white sandy beach and is the longest beach from all other islands. It is a place for sea turtles for laying their eggs, and it is a good place for deep diving.

The second island is Pa-Young or Koh Song. There is no beach on this island. So, it is just a good site of deep diving and snorkeling. The third island is Pa-Youn or Koh Sam. Also, there is no beach on this island. Generally, people call this island "The Great Wall Island" as there is a rock formation just like the wall under the sea around the island. Lots of beautiful fishes are swimming around the wall including barracuda. This island is a good spot for deep diving.

The Forth island is Mieng or Koh See. There are tourist information center, restaurant, accommodation, office of The Similan Islands National Park, and other western amenities for tourists on this island.

There are two main beaches on Koh See. The first one is located in the front of The Similan Islands National Park office. It has got a very fine and white sandy beach and it is 400 meters long. It is good spot for swimming and snorkeling. The second beach is located on the east of the island. Tourists can walk through the evergreen forest to reach this beach as well as can get a good opportunity to study the nature of the forest within the area. Koh See is a great spot for snorkeling, deep diving, nature studying, bird watching, beach activities, and sightseeing.

The fifth island is Koh Haa. It is just a small island, but it is a great spot for diving. On this island, there is white-gray eel that it loves to show itself out of its hole which it can not be found on the other islands. There are lots of corals around the island. This island is a great place for deep diving.

The sixth island is Pa-You or Koh Hok. The island is full of rocks and cliffs. There is a beach on the east side of the island with a wide area of living corals. It is a good sport for deep diving.

The seventh island is Pu-Sa or Koh Jed. This island is a great site for deep diving as its geographical area provided. Lots of beautiful and colorful fishes are living around this island. Tourists may be able to see sea turtles and Sting rays.