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Similan Islands National Park

Phang Nga Province, Thailand
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks, Islands, Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Scuba diving
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We booked a 1 day tour to the Similan Islands from Karon Beach, Phuket from one of the street vendors. We paid just 900 bhat each (About £18) which was a total bargain as our hotel was charging over 2,000 bhat per person! Out tour was booked with 'Fantastic Similan Travel' and they truly were! The transfer from Phuket to... More

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Lugano, Switzerland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Similan is a group of 9 islands (plus 2 more on north) part of a protected national park. These are the last far away islands before entering in Burmanian sea. Unfortunately tourism is becoming massive and the rude Russians are the conquerors of this paradise. But we went with Siam Adventure and they re pretty organized. Leaving early in the... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We booked a 2 day Tour at Similan Islands with Pucket tours direct. The tour started with the Pick up at the Hotel, than departure with Speed boat to the islands. starting from the boat, yes it was fast but was way too small and not enough seat for everyone. we spent together with other people 1 and half hour... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We took a day tour with 2 sisters tours. The islands have some of the most beautiful beaches and highest underwater visibility we have seen yet. Despite the bleached coral we saw plenty of colorful fish. We recommend using a different tour company however, since the food they offered was not very good. They were also not very professional in... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Similan means 9 in local language as there are total 9 islands in the area. The most common way to reach there is by speed boat which take 1.5 hrs. Unlike others islands in Thailand, Similan opens for tourists only 6 months a year -- November to May, then closed for 6 months for natural recover and research purpose. So,... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Booked a 2 day tour with Phuket travel company - loved it. This is the first company I have traveled with in Thailand (I live here) who truly seem to get being green, recycling and collecting litter. The snorkeling included seeing turtles both days. Loads of big fish and variety of species. Food and drinks plentiful. Camping behind beach was... More

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Bangalore, India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The Similan Islands are fantastic (one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen), but this tour was awful. They crammed way too many people onto a small speedboat. There was barely any snorkeling time. We only had 2 30 minute snorkeling periods in the whole day. We had to sit in a car for 3.5 hours, and on a... More

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canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I did a day trip to the Similan Islands from Khao Lak, and wow, what a beautiful place. Other reviews mention that the islands were overcrowded with tourists but that was not my experience at all. There were a few boats out there but we rarely saw the other tourists. Perhaps I went at an optimal time of year (April).... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Would not recommend. Picked us up super early at our hotel and after a long ride, took us to a crowded loading station, greeted by a bunch of employees that screamed into the microphones at 8am. Basically a crowded mess of people, loud and obnoxious guides, long speed boat rides to and from islands with loads of people and really... More

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

One of the most beautiful places i've ever been to. We were snorkeling with a rather large group on a speedboat. The underwaterworld was very nice and the islands are amazingly beautiful. The coral sand is the softest sand i ever experienced, and it doesn't get hot in the sun. The only drawback to this location is, that you never... More

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