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“Majestic - Stunning Day trip to Similan Islands”

Similan Islands National Park
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Full-Day Similan Island by Speed Boat from Phuket
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Full-Day Speedboat Snorkeling Tour to Similan Islands from Khao Lak
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

Be prepared for a full day (around 12 hours) but completely worth the distance travelled. Leaving Patong it took just over an hour to Kho Lak. Our tour group, "Fantastic Similan Travel" were very organised & a great tour group. We then took a 70 minutes speedboat ride to the magical Similan Islands.
A few of the islands in this National Park are protected, so we were taken to 4 unspoilt islands to spots for a great time snorkelling and swimming. We had a long break at Miang Island for lunch and swimming in the crystal clear waters before the stops for snorkelling. We saw plenty of varieties of fish, coral & were lucky enough to see & swim with sea turtles. Best stop was at island No 9 - Similan Island. Amazing views - so picturesque.
These islands are not as overcrowded as Phi Phi Island tour yet, so a worthwhile day trip

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Reviewed April 14, 2014

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 the marina was about 1.5 hours. On arrival we were greeted by a lovely group of staff (who run one of the ladyboy shows by night!) and they provided free tea/ coffee and toast whilst we waited for our boat. Nice touch.

We were then told to collect snorkels and flippers before getting onto our speedboat (if you're a very keen snorkeller, take your own kit - the equipment/ headstraps are loose etc). It's a busy boat, lots of people to fit on and only 4 can sit at the front. Everyone else under shade at the back but to be honest, you need the shade, especially in April as it's so hot.

Eddie was our guide for the day and he was totally brilliant. Very friendly, professional and so hospitable! We were provided with biscuits, fruit, snacks, drinks and sweets between each island hop and had a delicious Thai buffet lunch plus fruit for lunch. We were then offered an ice cream whilst we were free to roam across to the other side of the island to enjoy the scenery.

The islands are truly stunning. White powder-like sand and crystal clear turquoise waters. The Similan islands are a national park and the Thai people take this very seriously, closing the islands to visitors from around 10th April for 6 months of the year to preserve the coral reefs.

Just consider the heat! Especially in April...we took factor 50 suncream and still burnt. Take a hat and a cover up. All day in the sun, snorkelling etc you will turn into a crisp!

This was absolutely up there as one of the best trips we did on our 3 centre holiday in Thailand. Do not miss out, it's a beautiful place!

Thank Perkorino
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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 morning, having a private dedicated beach for lunch. The best Italian guide ever...Mr Claudio!!!! a funny super professional tour guide!!! next time I would take 2 days and 1 night there. It worth going with more time. remember this paradise is open only 6 months a year!!!

Thank travellAround8
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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 under the sun, frying like chickens.
a woman even felt sick and was nearly fainting because of this.
Hardly recommend to consider this especially if you are travelling with young children or elder people.
The tour said it would have provided Breakfast but did not mention that would have included only Biscuits, only one type, with instant Coffee.
From 6 am, time of the pick up, till 1 am you will only be served Biscuits!

Instead of reaching the Main Island first..check in your "Accommodation" etc. you will have 3 snorkeling stops..basically starving and with you having to search for towels in your luggage.

Do not stay overnight unless you are really really adventures and used to Tend.
Unfortunately this was my mistake as I would have imagined how uncomfortable would be to sleep in a tend and having to share bathrooms.
However the service there is very poor and you will not be able to sleep in the heat of the tend..

beach and sea was Amazing instead! and will almost make your forget about the bad things..

Make sure you book a Professional Tour even if you have to compromise the cost

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Reviewed March 16, 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 the way they handled a money dispute in route with another guest. The rest of us had nothing to do with it, yet they were threatening to dock the boat until they payed. The fact that they did not settle business before embarking was very unprofessional. They time allotted for snorkeling was too short. It might be the nature of a day tour so we would suggest doing an overnight or using a tour company that focuses more on snorkeling. If we had to do it over we would go diving instead. FYI If you are pregnant inquire about speedboat tours before you book.

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