Similan Islands National Park
The Similan Islands National Park is a major attraction for visitors to Khao Lak. Known for long white coral sand beaches and crystal blue waters with cooling breezes coming off the Andaman Sea there are nine uninhabited islands in the archipelago with some of the best scenery in Thailand.
The Islands are very easy to visit being located only 60kms west from Khao Lak. They can be visited for one day or for varying overnight durations, either independently or more usually as part of an organised tour. Accommodation is in simple bungalows or tents provided by the National Park authority. The Similan Islands are home to a huge variety of marine life with incredible opportunities to see rare and endangered species. While the underwater world is the main attraction there are also many varieties of birds and animals on land to provide an unforgettable experience. The National Park closes to all diving and snorkelling from May to the beginning of November each year because of sea conditions and to allow maintenance and aid coral growth and recovery.
by Alan Hunter