The Similan Islands are 84 kilometers away from Phuket, but this doesn’t stop tourists from visiting the area. This isn’t really surprising since the island-group is known for its dazzling beauty and is definitely worth the speed boat charter price Phuket.
The island-group got its name from the Malay word “sembilan”, which means “nine” and reflects the fact that there are nine islands in the area. These are Ko Huyong, Ko Payang, Ko Payan, Ko Miang, Ko Ha, Ko Payu, Ko Hin Pousar, Ko Similan, and Ko Ba-ngu. Two other islands are part of the Similan National Park and are considered to be islands Number 10 and 11. These are Ko Bon and Ko Tachai.
The largest island in the group is Ko Similan. It attracts many tourists on private speed boat tours Phuket since it features rich biodiversity and is home to interesting species like flying foxes and mangrove monitor lizards. It’s also a famous diving spot since it has eye-catching coral reefs and underwater rock formations that resemble deer, mushrooms, and other objects.
Ko Huyong, on the other hand, has the longest and widest beach among the islands. However, tourists are not allowed to set foot on the island to protect the eggs that turtles lay on the beach. This is also the case for Ko Payang and Ko Payan, which are turtle hatching sites as well. But don’t worry; you can still pass by these islands when you go on boat tours in Phuket and admire their beauty from afar.
Planning Your Trip to the Islands
If you’re spending some time in Phuket during your Thailand vacation, you’ll definitely want to set aside a day or two for the Similan Islands. Look for a Thailand boat tours provider that offers a private charter to the island group, then book your trip on your desired date.
Usually, the islands are closed to the public from May 16 to October 15 every year to accommodate the rainy season. So, if you’re planning to visit Thailand during this time frame, you might not be able to take a tour to the Similan Islands. Take note, though: these dates vary each year, so it’s important to confirm with local officials and tour operators to know exactly when you can visit the island group.
Fishing is banned in the Similan National Park so, if you’re an avid angler, you’ll want to look for other fishing areas to enjoy your favorite sport.