|Similan National Park
Ko Similan National Park A group of 9 small
islands, 50 kms. off the west coast of Phang-nga in the Andaman
Sea. The National Park covers an area of 80,000 rai. Skin Diving
Magazine rated them among the ten loveliest places on Earth,
because of the great natural beauty found on the islands themselves
the extensive surrounding coral gardens beneath the waves.
The islands are undeveloped and unspoiled; numerous species
of fish, crustaceans, and other forms of sea-life abound; water
clarity and diving are excellent. Similan is corrupted
from the Malay Sembilan and means nine. From north to
south in order the islands are : Koh Bon, Koh Ba Ngu, Koh Similan,
Koh Pahyoo, Koh Miang (two islands), Koh Pahyan, Koh Payahng
and Koh Hu Yong.
Island The largest island in the Similan archipelago
has a large granite outcrop shaped like a horseshoe with a panoramic
view of the Andaman and surrounding islands from its crest.
Koh Similan is an excellent location for hiking and snorkeling.
It encompasses a long curving bay with powdery sand beaches
and wonderful underwater scenery. Beneath the shallow, clear
waters, coral reefs and colorful fish abound. Spiny lobsters
in rock crevices, sea fans and plume worms can be found in a
small bay on the west of the island.
|Surin National Park
Koh Surin National Park is located in the Andaman
Sea and covers an area of approximately 135 square km. The five
islets of Koh Surin Neua, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Ri, Koh Kai and
Koh Klang were declared a national park on July 9, 1981.
The Surin Archipelago is
highly rated for its excellent diving and snorkeling. Mu Koh
Surin is close to the marine boundary between Myanmar and Thailand.
The two main attractions within the national park are Surin
Islands and the Sea Gypsies.