About Similan Islands
The 11 Similan Islands make up Similan Islands National Park, located in the Andaman Sea, off Thailand's west coast in Phang Nga Province. The largest, Koh Similan, is about 2 square miles, and is made up of huge boulders, including one that seems balanced on the island's highest point. We think it looks like a monkey's head, but it's known as Donald Duck Rock.
There's no dock here and it will be a "wet landing" when you come into the shallow beach. You'll have to hop off a tender or Zodiac into shallow water. You will probably be taken to Koh Similan, which has information placards about the local flora and fauna, as well as restrooms, a couple of vendors selling drinks, snacks and a few souvenirs, and a campground.
From 11 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m., there is a massive invasion of day-trippers to the island -- so it's best to avoid going ashore during those times. If your ship offers the opportunity, go on a snorkeling trip instead; there are also day-tripping snorkelers, but the prime area is large enough that you won't be on top of each other.
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