Flag of Thailand

Thailand forum

Similan Islands

  • pdro

    Joined Travelfish
    9th June, 2010
    Posts: 8

    I wanna know some information about the National Park. I'm going to Thailand on the ending of August and I've heard that the Park is closed from may until november because of the weather conditions. Is it true !? Is possible going in this period of the year? thanks

    #1 Posted: 7/7/2010 - 09:52

  • Advertisement

  • tezza

    Joined Travelfish
    13th April, 2006
    Posts: 1306
    Total reviews: 61

    The place usually opens up sometime in November although I heard it was late Oct last year.
    Google Similans Nation Park to get their website which should have this year's opening date.

    I suppose it would be possible to charter a boat and go out to camp there before that - but it would be very expensive (it is a loooong way out) and a bout of wet season crap weather could make the crossing hairy and the stay not so great.

    One island National Park which is open late August is Ang Thong Marine Park near Samui-Phangan-Surathani. This has spectacular landscape/seascape over dozens of islands (the book THE BEACH was based in this area - but not the movie) and you can camp or stay in longhouses at the NP HQ island. Wet season over there usually doesn't kick in until Oct. Snorkelling is ok but no match to the Similans.

    #2 Posted: 7/7/2010 - 10:21

  • yogakhaolak

    Joined Travelfish
    1st April, 2010
    Posts: 45

    The Similans close from mid-May to mid-Oct every year. This is done to protect the coral. There is too much traffic in the high season, and the coral needs a rest.

    #3 Posted: 9/7/2010 - 10:04

  • similandiver

    Joined Travelfish
    9th July, 2010
    Location Thailand
    Posts: 3

    The above is partly true. The Similan (and Surin) National parks are closed from May 1st to November 1st. The reason for this is not because of the coral (I wish that were true) but simply because of the weather. The monsoons are pretty heavy in this are - among the two wettest provinces in Thailand.
    There are certainly some rogue operators that try to run during this time, but several speedboats and at least one liveaboard has sunk during this time.
    It is illegal to camp or visit the islands during this time aside from being dangerous.
    However, Koh Lipe is still open and you are able to visit.

    #4 Posted: 9/7/2010 - 13:35

Have questions? Jump to our menu of forum quicklinks

Add your reply

Your reply

Check this box if you want to be notified of replies.

Please be familiar with our user guidelines before you post. Thanks!

Businesses planning on plugging their guesthouse / hotel / karaoke bar should read our "Addition guidelines" very carefully.

You need to be logged in to answer an existing post on the Travelfish forums. Please login via the prompts just above and refresh this screen -- before writing your post -- and you'll be in business.

Possibly related discussions Replies  Views  Latest reply
similan islands.. ... By jasonkim8486 on 24 Sep 2009 4 2678 20 Oct 2009
Similan Islands Stopover. ... By Robsterios on 26 Sep 2007 2 2441 26 Sep 2007
Diving in the Similan Islands ... By Dubraatz on 18 Dec 2009 3 2715 23 Dec 2009
Diving Similan and Surin Islands? ... By littlemisstypeA on 21 Dec 2008 3 4612 29 Dec 2008
Similan Islands Liveaboard-worth the $$? ... By jessicaf on 16 Nov 2010 10 2934 17 Nov 2010
TRAVELFISH5: Win a four day Similan Islands liveaboard ... By somtam2000 on 12 Jul 2009 23 3560 12 Jul 2009
Help with Similan Islands and surrounding areas ... By mattyoliver on 28 Nov 2011 1 773 28 Nov 2011
similan islands- daytrip or stayover? ... By Seba on 9 Oct 2009 5 3956 29 Oct 2009
how do you get to the Similan Islands without going on a dive boat ... By harriethigson on 21 Nov 2008 1 3514 26 Nov 2008
Similan Islands - Wicked Diving, Khao Lak ... By similan on 15 Aug 2009 0 3390 15 Aug 2009