The Similan Islands

 The port of Thap Lamu

The small port of Thap Lamu was seriously damaged by the 2004 Tsunami. Nothing remains of this dramatic period, on the contrary, new facilities have been created and the infrastructures to welcome travellers are completely modern, clean and comfortable.

Before departure, the briefing by your guide who will accompany you throughout the day.... 

He explains the tour, the schedules, the meal, the arrival on the islands, what you can do, what you should not do... essential recommendations to preserve the site: do not throw garbage, do not pull corals, do not feed the fish, in fact, do not touch anything and just touch... with your eyes! 

The trip from Thap Lamu... to the Similans archipelago.... takes 1h20
(with normal atmospheric conditions)

 Koh Miang (N°4)

The first island we visit is island N°4: Koh Miang.

When we arrived, we were like immersed in a dream... the sand under our feet was as fine and light as flour. The landscapes are exceptional. Several shades of blue ranging from dark blue to sky blue to turquoise blue-green, accompany the grey and brown of granite rocks and the green of abundant vegetation.

It's great, it's fabulous.

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 Koh Pa Boo (N°7)

On the second island, we will only have a half-hour snorkeling break, without going ashore, an opportunity for some to get to know fish of all colours and sizes, in this crystal clear water of remarkable colour.

 Koh Similan (N°8)

We are very close to Koh Similan, the largest of the islands in the archipelago.

This huge rock on the top of the hill seems to be barely in balance... to enjoy the view of the rest of the island, you can access it by a small path, then by a series of small narrow stairs, sloping down to the rock facades.
The crowd of visitors is such that the access to the summit is quite long.... 

 The return to Thap Lamu

Around 4:30 pm the boats return to the port of Thap Lamu...
Impressive parade of about ten speedboats returning to their base.... 

 A dream place!

The Similans...? Yes, it's a dream place. The colours of the sea and the sky, the very green nature, the sand of the beaches so white and so pure, are so many largely positive factors that your visit can only be a real satisfaction if you can ignore the hordes of tourists who are there at the same time as you.

And there are many, very many. Koh Similan beach has not yet reached the density of Maya Bay beach, but it is on "good track", unfortunately.

Unfortunately... in these tourist flows, there will always be morons who will never be able to be made to understand that we must not pollute the land or the sea in this way. 

 How to get there ?

If you register for a "Tour", the organization in which you have booked will pick you up at your hotel directly, around 6am. (to be discussed with them)

If you own a vehicle and are self-sufficient, you can go directly to the small port of Thap Lamu, located 100 km northwest of Phuket.

It takes 1h30 to 1h45 of travel time.

To see more details about this plan, click on it to enlarge it....

 When to go there ?

The tourist season runs from October 15 to May 15. Outside this period, the islands are closed to visits.

 The Similans Archipelago

The archipelago consists of a set of nine granitic islets covered with lush tropical vegetation. These islets rise from the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, called here the Andaman Sea, offering a fabulous and unforgettable spectacle. Small, almost immaculately white coral sandy beaches line some of the islets.

Coral sand is largely the product of the nibbling of marine wildlife. For example, the parrot fish, which you can admire very easily with a simple mask and snorkel, releases an average of 16 kilos of coral sand per year. The conditions for coral growth are ideal here, with exceptionally clear water at a minimum temperature of about 28° C. More than 200 species of hard corals have been recorded in this region of Thailand.

The archipelago has enjoyed the protective status of a National Park - อุทยานแห่งชาติหมิหมู่เกาะส่เกาะสิมิลัน - since September 1982, prohibiting anarchic and unsightly constructions as is too often the case on the mainland and on the island of Phuket.
The archipelago is known to divers all over the world as one of the most beautiful "spots" in the world, with crystal-clear water. It is classified among the 10 most beautiful sites in the world by the American magazine "Skin Diving".

Similan's name comes from the Malaysian word "Sembilan" which means "nine", many of the islets that make up the archipelago.

The islands are identified by a Thai name or a number. The numbering starts from the south (island number 1) to the north (island number 9).

Island number one: Koh Hu Yong. It is the island located at the southern end of the archipelago.

Island number 2: Koh Pa Yang.

Island number 3: Koh Pa Yan.

Island number 4: Koh Miang - Second largest island in the archipelago, after Koh Similan, it is on this island that the National Park Office is located and it is also the only one with bungalows. It is also possible to rent camping tents.

Island number 5: Koh Ha.
Island number 6: Koh Pa Yoo.

Island number 7: Koh Pa Boo.

Island number 8: Koh Similan - This is the largest island in the archipelago. It has a splendid coral beach, bordering the main bay, in the north of the island. Ideal for snorkeling, the water is particularly clear and provided with aquatic fauna. A strange rock that appears to be balanced on a granite pile provides a splendid view to the east of the bay. It is on this island that most boats stop for lunch.

Island number 9: Koh Ba Ngu (Snake Island) is the northernmost island. In its southern part, it has a magnificent small coral beach, 50 m long. The funds are still very rich here.

In fact, there is a tenth island, about 30 km north of Koh Ba Ngu, called Koh Bon, which is also part of the Similan National Park. But her distance often makes her ignore visitors.

 The fishermen of Thap Lamu...

A little wink to the fishermen you can see before leaving or during the return of the islands... these boats well gathered and tightly packed together, an image I like.


The Similans colours are absolutely fantastic. By making this outing, you will discover dream landscapes, wild, a real treat for the eyes.

Departure from Phuket at 6:00, 2 hours drive to Thap Lamu, breakfast on site, briefing then 1h20 speedboat to reach the first island of Similans.