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Similan is an archipelago of 11 small islands located around 120 km from Phuket in the Andaman Sea. They are part of a protected National Park focusing on the conservation and protection of wildlife. These are one of Thailand's most stunning places, with splendidly picturesque white sand beaches and pristine blue waters. Similan Islands is a popular day trip from Phuket and Khao Lak and can only be visited through a guided tour. It is currently not possible to visit the island on your own. Similan is open from 15 October to 15 May only. However, the exact time varies each year. Around 4000 visitors are allowed to visit the islands in a day.
The eleven islands of Similan have a name and a number each. These are Ko Tachai (No 11), Ko Bon (No 10), Ko Ba Ngu (No 9), Ko Similan (No 8), Ko Payu (No 7), Ko Miang (two adjoining) (No 4, 5 and 6), Ko Payan (No 3), Ko Payang (No 2), and Ko Huyong (No 1). Of the eleven, Ko Miang and Ko Similan are open to tourists, while Ko Tachai and Ko Bon are specifically for scuba divers. As a National park, there is a 500 Baht entry fee for adults and 300 Baht for children. Ko Miang is known for its iconic large boulders overlooking the stunningly clear water of the bay. Ko Similan is great for snorkeling, with a chance to see turtles swimming around the boat.
The Similan islands are considered to be the best diving spot in Thailand, with coral reefs over 5000 years old and extensive marine life, including sea turtles, rays, moray eels, and whale sharks, and a large community of tropical fish. The island is also home to birds like sea eagles, kingfishers, and Nicobar pigeons. It is also known to have a great range of trees in the thick forest, like ironwood, gum, jackfruit, and bamboo.