Hidden Paradise! Similan Islands – Thailand + How To Get There

Hidden Paradise! Similan Islands - Thailand + How To Get There

Similan Islands – หมู่เกาะสิมิลัน
Our FAVORITE place in Thailand! A real paradise on earth with the whitest sand and the clearest water!
Amazing snorkeling experience with giant fishes, sharks, rays, and turtles.A top priority must see!🐠

This beauty is a group of 11 islands located at the Andaman Sea belonging to Phang Nga province.
Islands number 1, 2 and 3 are closed due to turtle hatching program and reef conservation.

Hidden Paradise! Similan Islands - Thailand + How To Get There

While having lunch at the island 4 we got the chance to see hundreds of fruit bats at the trees just behind the seafront sand stretch.
Other wild animals you may see at the islands are the hairy-legged mountain crabs, lizards, snakes and multiple species of birds.

Hidden Paradise! Similan Islands - Thailand + How To Get There
Fruit Bats All Over The Trees

But first, you need to get there!

To Reach Similan

From Khao Lak:

All around the city, you will find tour booths and they all offer trips to Similan Islands.
Boats depart daily during high season(November-May).
Few companies get this trip done, they have from a full day to 2 nights tour options.

We bought the full day trip and deeply regretted.We highly recommend spending at least 1 night at the island.
Staying overnight here is not as simple compared to the other Thai destinations.For more info on how to stay at the island check “Accommodation” segment below.

Tip: When buying your tours don’t forget to bargain.Prices can and will be reduced.

*For all the information you need about how to get to Khao Lak Click Here.

Hidden Paradise! Similan Islands - Thailand + How To Get There

From Phuket:

Departing from Phuket there are two ways you can reach Similan:
1-Getting to Khao Lak, then taking a speedboat to Similan.
2-Take a speedboat from Phuket.

1-Getting to Khao Lak, then taking a speedboat to Similan- Click Here for all you need to know about getting to Khao Lak from Phuket.(roll down until “From Phuket” segment)
At this link you will learn how to get from Phuket to Khao Lak, then read “From Khao Lak” segment above to finish your trip to Similan by speedboat.

2-Take a speedboat from Phuket- Group and private speedboats can be booked to Similan Islands in travel agencies around Phuket.

*For detailed info on how to get to Phuket Click Here.

Hidden Paradise! Similan Islands - Thailand + How To Get There
Turtle-Shaped Rock
From Bangkok:

Coming from Bangkok, you will need to stop in Khao Lak first or if flying in Phuket.Click Here to discover how you can do it.
Then if needed read “From Khao Lak” segment above.

From Abroad:

The nearest airport is Phuket International Airport.
From there you have few different options in how to continue your way to Similan Islands:
1-Getting to Khao Lak, then taking a speedboat to Similan.
2-Take a speedboat from Phuket.

1-Getting to Khao Lak, then taking a speedboat to Similan- Click Here for all you need to know about getting to Khao Lak from Phuket.(roll down until “From Phuket” segment)
At this link you will learn how to get from Phuket to Khao Lak, then read “From Khao Lak” segment above to finish your trip to Similan by speedboat.

2-Take a speedboat from Phuket- Group and private speedboat can be booked to Similan Islands in travel agencies around Phuket.

Accommodation

We bought the full day trip and deeply regretted.We highly recommend spending at least 1 night at the island.
Be aware though that there’s just camping tents and 20 basic bungalows with no hot water and electricity only at night time.Is a secluded paradise with a simple setting and only one small restaurant where the food is served at a community table between palm trees with sand in your feet.
If you looking for a luxury stay that’s not for you, in this case, the full day trip will fit you better.

For stay at the tents(available on island 4 and 8), the only way is booking your trip with a travel agent.That will be easily and much cheaper done in Khao Lak then other options.
If you plan on staying at the bungalow(available on island 4) that has to be booked thru Similan Islands National Park website for 1.000 to 2.000 baht, some travel agencies are able to book it as well but they will charge extra for that.Booking a bungalow has proved to be troublesome for times as the method is a little outdated.(Some things just worth the trouble😉)
*Similan Islands National Park website: http://www.dnp.go.th/parkreserve/asp/style1/default.asp?npid=212&lg=2

Another option would be sleeping at an overnight boat tour more focused on divers(can be found at tour stalls in Khao Lak and Phuket).
And finally staying in Khao Lak and booking day trips are perfect for those who don’t want open hands of some comforts.

Hidden Paradise! Similan Islands - Thailand + How To Get There
View Of Island 8

Be Aware

Similan Islands are closed during low season(middle May – middle October).

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