Similan Islands National Park

Mu Ko Similan National Park

Similan Islands National Park became a national park in 1982, even though Similan means 9 in Yawi, there are now 11 Islands in the archipelago, in 1998 Ko Bon and Ko Tachai were added to the national park. Similan Islands National Park is located in the Andaman Sea, even though they are more than 60 kilometers from the coast line they are still located in the district of Thai Mueang in Phang Nga Province. The park covers a total area of more than 70 SQ KM stretching more than 24 kilometers from north to south.

The islands at Similan National Park are:

  • Ko Huyong
  • Ko Payang
  • Ko Payan
  • Ko Miang
  • Ko Ha
  • Ko Hok
  • Ko Hin Pousar
  • Ko Similan
  • Ko Bangu
  • Ko Tachai
  • Ko Bon

The national park headquarters building is on island number 4, Ko Miang. If you wish to stay on the Similan Islands overnight it is possible to rent tents and bungalows, these can only be rented from the Similan Islands National park headquarters.

The national park headquarters building is on island number 4, Ko Miang. If you wish to stay on the Similan Islands overnight it is possible to rent tents and bungalows, these can only be rented from the Similan Islands National park headquarters.

The Similan Islands National Park opens to the public on the 15th of October and is open until the 15th of May. From the white powdery beaches on the Similan Islands it is possible to get close to the amazing wildlife, and it is possible to spot some of the rare birds in the air above the Similans. Of other animals worth mentioning are lizards, squirrels, bats, small monkeys and of course the many crabs on the beaches.

It is not recommended to go for unguided hikes around any of the islands as they are covered with thick bushes and rain forests. If you wish to go for a hike you should talk to one of the guides and the national park rangers protecting the islands. There are two guided hikes on the islands, they both take you to the top of two mountains where you can enjoy the amazing views of jungles, the beautiful turquoise bays and of course the sea as far as you can see.

Due to the many tourists visiting the islands Ko Tachai has been closed for tourist, for an unknown period of time, this is to give the island time to recover from the thousands of tourists who have been hiking around the island. Learn more about the Similan Islands HERE.