White sand, Similan islands, Southern Thailand

White sand, Similan islands, Southern Thailand

White sand, Similan islands, Southern Thailand


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Some 50 km from the Thai western coast among open water in the Andaman Sea, the Similan islands are known far and wide to boast some of the most spectacular scenery and best snorkelling and diving of anywhere in Southeast Asia. With Malay roots, the word "similan" means "nine" in local Moken (sea gypsy) language after the nine tiny islands of the Similan archipelago. Along with magnificent underwater seascapes, the Similans boast some of the finest white sand, turquoise water beaches in Thailand, and even a few hiking trails and viewpoints.

Officially protected as part of Mu Koh Similan National Park, which also includes Ko Bon and Ko Tachai a little further afield, the Similans are pristine. In the air, rare birds such as sea eagles, kingfisher, and the endangered nicobar pigeon may be spotted. In the water, sea turtles, rays, moray eels and whale sharks are commonly seen along with a vibrant community of tropical fish. Though the Similans were ... Read our complete Similan Islands travel guide

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