Thailand Update: Mu Koh Similan and Mu Koh Surin Marine National Parks to re-open October 15th

When it comes to beautiful beaches you are spoilt for choice on a trip to Thailand. Today we discuss two of the very best. Whether it’s an overnight trip from Phuket or even a day trip from Kao Lak these stunning destinations certainly will not disappoint, but which will you choose?

Let’s have a look at what they have to offer.

MU KOH SIMILAN

The exquisite Similan Islands with their tropical jungle beauty, white, sandy beaches and turquoise waters are widely considered amongst Thailand’s most popular dive destinations. The National Marine Park is abundant in gorgeous coral reefs peppered with rainbow coloured fish as well as deep water boulder formations that attract large pelagic fish such as whale sharks and manta rays.

Established in 1982 the park is located along the western coastline of the Andaman Sea and is composed of 9 granite islands covered in tropical jungle and some of Thailand’s beaches.

The distinctive granite boulder formations on the surface continue underwater creating dramatic underwater seascapes. Most people travel to the Similans for the snorkelling or scuba diving but there are also opportunities to enjoy bird watching and jungle walks.

Koh Similan is the largest island and offers an incredible trek providing great views of the island chain. Here you can also find the impressive Donald Duck Bay. Koh Pusa is the smallest island, only really an exposed rock. It is commonly referred to as Hin Hua Chang (Elephant Head Rock).

Koh Miang is the second biggest island and boasts the best wildlife in the Similan National Park. Here you can find 2 beautiful white, sandy beaches on either side of the island connected by a walking trail through the tropical jungle. Inland you may well spot a Nicobar pigeon or a hairy-leg mountain land crab.

MU KOH SURIN

Koh Surin National Park is a paradise of fine white sandy beaches, thick jungle, crystal-clear waters and the most extensive coral reef in Thailand. It is also home of the Moken Sea Nomads, an ancient nomadic sea people who have lived between the Mergui archipelago of Burma and the islands of Thailand’s North Andaman coast for thousands of years.

The park is the ideal place to go for people wanting to connect with nature in its most beautiful and pristine form, escaping traditional touristy beaches with their bars, noise and crowds.

One advantage of Koh Surin is that you don’t need to dive to discover its extensive marine diversity. The shallow reefs are perfect for snorkelling and bursting with vibrant fish and colourful corals, even for those who aren’t confident in the water. If you’re lucky, you may even see turtles and whales in the area. A short boat ride away is Richelieu Rock and Burma Banks, world-class dive destinations for enthusiasts who like to go deeper.

Mu Koh Surin national park is an archipelago located approximately 70 kilometres off the western shore next to the Thailand-Myanmar border. The Park comprises 5 major islands; namely, Koh Surin Nuea, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Kai (Koh Torinla), Koh Klang (Koh Pachumba), and Koh Ri (Koh Satok).

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