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Similan National Park accommodation

Comfy bungalow,not so comfy bungalow,or camping

Photo of Similan National Park accommodation, Ko Miang (# 4) and Ko Similan (#8), Ko Similan National Park. , Similan Islands

What we say: 3 stars

On Ko Miang (# 4) in the middle of the Similans the national park currently offers two types of rooms. The first are set in bamboo and wood long house style buildings with attached rooms that feature little more than rock hard beds, fans, and cold water bathrooms, although they do have enough windows to let the air through and large porches set back from the beach. The far more comfortable options, if you can afford them, are the chomview houses, which are modern wood cottages perched on stilts high on a hillside overlooking the sea. These are simple with hardwood floors and walls, firm beds, tables, hot water bathrooms, air-con with 24 hour electricity (otherwise unheard of on national park islands) and front porches with fabulous ocean views. One of the Thai princesses also has a cottage in this neighbourhood. Electricity in the cheaper rooms and restaurants runs only in the evenings.

Standard issue national park camouflage camping tents that sleep three (or four if you want to squeeze) are also available both at islands # 4 and # 8. On both islands the tents are clustered close to one another on a sandy area behind some mangroves. Most don't get a direct ocean view but the beach is a short walk away on either island. Bathrooms are in the form of shared cold water showers and shared open air sinks, and they're a little more grotty than those on Ko Surin, for example. The national park provides not only tents but also sleeping mats and sleeping bags if you need them. Of the two locations, the decidedly quieter one for camping is Ko Miang (# 4), and there are some good beaches, rugged trails and a spectacular viewpoint here. Ko Similan (# 8) is a lot more crowded and although the beach here at Donald Duck bay is one of the Similan's best, it tends to get very crowded with day trippers, especially on weekends. Still, # 8 is the largest island and if you don't mind the crowds it's the best spot for lounging on the beach, with outstanding snorkelling also possible close to the beach. Due to limited space, it's not currently possible to set up your own tent. The national park and its accommodation closes down between May 1 and November 1. For bookings visit the Dept. of National Park's website, or head to the Similan National Park headquarters at Thap Lamu pier south of Khao Lak beach if you prefer to book in person. Alternately, tour companies can arrange accommodation for you.

    Contact details:

    Ko Miang (# 4) and Ko Similan (#8), Ko Similan National Park.  T: (076) 453 272, (025) 620 760 F: (076) 453 273  
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    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Bungalow air-con private b'room n/a 2,000 baht
    Dbl fan private b'room n/a 1,000 baht
    Tent n/a 450 baht With sleeping mat and sleeping bag the total will come to 570 baht

    Added to Travelfish on: 25th July, 2012
    Last visited or updated on: 25th July, 2012

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