"Koh Similan.. Jewels of the Andaman Sea" Top 5 Page for this destination Ko Similan by icyjo24

Ko Similan Travel Guide: 81 reviews and 418 photos

A place where you wana be forever...

I have heard a lot about this place.. its beautiful, must go etc etc...I have been longing to go there for the past year and my dream finally come true this December.It is when you really go there, you can really say that ' WOW , this place is PARADISE! Well I haven't been to Maldives nor the Pacific Islands so these islands are paradise to me as of now...

This group of nine beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea, located about 70km off the coast of Khao Lak is known as the 'Mu Koh Similan National Park', established as a marine national park in the 1980s. The islands are named 'Similan Islands' as 'Similan' means nine in the Malay Language. The trip to the islands is a gruelling 3 to 4 hour journey by boat or a liveaboard. The islands are only opened for snorkelling and diving from November to April every year as the waters will be too choppy for the rest of the year. On the first day of our trip, the waters were choppy and the slow ride cause me to become seasick. Usually, I don't suffer from that. So.. remember to take anti-seasick pills if you are the kind who will be affected. However, the journey is definitely worth it once you step into the tropical paradise of Mu Koh Similan National Park. Of all the islands I have been so far in Southeast Asia, this group of islands is the BEST of all.....

Many of the islands have beautiful white beaches with turquoise waters. Visibility in the water is also good in many spots. In a nutshell, this group of islands can be considered as a world-class diving site. However, I was there on a liveaboard that specializes in snorkelling trip. Now, I'm feeling so inspired to learn scuba diving.

Similan Islands, I will definitely be back again.....

Underwater World of Similan Islands

I was not as lucky as the other snorkellers from my boat as they saw marine life such as turtles, that I didnt get to see. Either my eyes were playing tricks on me or I'm just too blind. However, I saw many nemos (clownfish), a sea snake, a trumpet fish, barracudas, two octopuses, numerous colourful fishes and beautiful corals. Despite the strong waves and currents, I still manage to capture some good underwater shots here. The photographs would have been better if I was on a dive trip, as the water was rather deep at many spots that we went. However, the spots that we snorkel around Island 1 and 2 were great as they were shallower and visibility was good. These spots are closed to divers.

Check out my five travelogues below for more underwater and island scenery pictures...

The Nine Islands of Mu Koh Similan National Park

We pass by most or all of the 9 islands but we only stop at some for snorkelling throughout the 3 days. Here are the names of the 9 islands

Island No 1 - Ko Hu-Yong
Island No 2 - Ko Payang
Island No 3 - Ko Payan
Island No 4 - Ko Mieng
Island No 5 - Ko Haa
Island No 6 - Ko Payu
Island No 7 - Ko Hin Pu Sa
Island No 8 - Ko Similan
Island No 9 - Ko Ba Ngu

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  • Pros:Truly Paradise
  • Cons:Can't think of any...
  • Last visit to Ko Similan: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated Dec 29, 2005
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  • Oct 3, 2006 at 6:06 PM

    Hi! I am going to Similan at the end of the year for my diving trip. I am really excited and your pics are lovely!

  • sweetie_inc's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2006 at 6:58 AM

    looking at ur picts made me so excited for my Similan trip next week!! i'm gonna equiped myself with an underwater camera & will take lots of picts!

  • leonik's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2006 at 5:53 PM

    gorgeous paradise!!! it even appealed to me as a non-beach/island person...!

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2005 at 11:50 AM

    Amazing marine life--what a wonderful experience! The photos of the sunrise and sunsets were glorious...

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 12:46 AM

    Ko Similian looks like a wonderful place. Great underwaterphotos! You should really learn how to dive, it is a great experience!

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2005 at 3:02 AM

    Very good information & photos of the island and the underwater! Hope to visit this place one day :)

  • Dec 24, 2005 at 6:21 PM

    Great photos, waiting to see more of Phuket. I did not go to Phuket as planned. Ended up in HK instead. Just back 2 days ago.

  • peerapa's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2005 at 9:04 AM

    Great photos and info!! I enjoyed reading your page and after seeing your page...I really want to go there...Thank you for sharing...May

  • jenaikes's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2005 at 9:48 AM

    Wow....you took fabulous photos! I would love to go to Ko Similan...but unfortunately, I'm such a disaster at even snorkelling : ))) Your photos and documentaries may be the closest I get underwater...hehe...Jen

  • JoelWillTravel's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2005 at 9:36 AM

    Now I REALLY want to go to Koh Similan, looks fantastic!


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