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Similan Islands, Andaman Sea, Thailand (Photo: Kosin Sukhum/Shutterstock.com)

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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Similan Islands

    Leaving:
    Singapore
    Visiting:
    Malacca, Langkawi ... see more
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    7 Night Cruise to Similan Islands Route (Star Clippers)
    • Day 1
      Singapore
    • Day 2
      Malacca
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Langkawi
    • Day 5
      Ko Adang
    • Day 6
      Phang Nga Bay
    • Day 6
      Ko Hong
    • Day 7
      Similan Islands
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      Phuket
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    Star Clipper - Star Clippers

    Pros

    A glorious tall-ship sailing experience with an emphasis on water sports

    Cons

    Compact cabins show some wear

    Bottom Line

    Akin to an upscale summer camp at sea for adults who want to experience true sailing

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    Star Clipper Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    ludicat
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Superb tall ship experience
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    Sail Date Dec 2018
    A Good Cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Similan Islands

    Leaving:
    Phuket
    Visiting:
    Butang Group, Penang ... see more
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    Star Clippers
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    7 Night Cruise to Similan Islands Route (Star Clippers)
    • Day 1
      Phuket
    • Day 2
      Butang Group
    • Day 3
      Penang
    • Day 4
      Ko Adang
    • Day 5
      Ko Rok Nok
    • Day 6
      Phang Nga Bay
    • Day 6
      Ko Hong
    • Day 7
      Similan Islands
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      Phuket
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    Star Clipper - Star Clippers

    Pros

    A glorious tall-ship sailing experience with an emphasis on water sports

    Cons

    Compact cabins show some wear

    Bottom Line

    Akin to an upscale summer camp at sea for adults who want to experience true sailing

    Reviews

    Star Clipper Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    Sail Date May 2019
    An exciting and romantic sailing adventure in luxury......
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Similan Islands

    Leaving:
    Phuket
    Visiting:
    Similan Islands, Phang Nga Bay ... see more
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    8 Night Cruise to Similan Islands Route (Star Clippers)
    • Day 1
      Phuket
    • Day 2
      Similan Islands
    • Day 3
      Phang Nga Bay
    • Day 3
      Ko Hong
    • Day 4
      Ko Rok Nok
    • Day 5
      Ko Adang
    • Day 6
      Penang
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Malacca
    • Day 9
      Singapore
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    Star Clipper - Star Clippers

    Pros

    A glorious tall-ship sailing experience with an emphasis on water sports

    Cons

    Compact cabins show some wear

    Bottom Line

    Akin to an upscale summer camp at sea for adults who want to experience true sailing

    Reviews

    Star Clipper Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    marcc
    Sail Date Feb 2019
    Less than magical
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    Sail Date Jan 2019
    Exceeded high expectations
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Similan Islands

    Leaving:
    Singapore
    Visiting:
    Malacca, Langkawi ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Star Clippers
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    8 Night Cruise to Similan Islands Route (Star Clippers)
    • Day 1
      Singapore
    • Day 2
      Malacca
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Langkawi
    • Day 5
      Ko Adang
    • Day 6
      Ko Rok Nok
    • Day 7
      Phang Nga Bay
    • Day 7
      Ko Hong
    • Day 8
      Similan Islands
    • Day 9
      Phuket
    Ship Details

    Star Clipper - Star Clippers

    Pros

    A glorious tall-ship sailing experience with an emphasis on water sports

    Cons

    Compact cabins show some wear

    Bottom Line

    Akin to an upscale summer camp at sea for adults who want to experience true sailing

    Reviews

    Star Clipper Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    No one would ever accuse Star Clipper of being a "floating hotel." Instead, it's a sleek clippe...

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    Judith M
    Sail Date Sep 2018
    Star Clipper cruise from Bali - a beautiful, working tall ship
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    Sail Date Aug 2018
    Exceeded all expectations
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More about Similan Islands

Why go to Similan Islands?

Pros: Huge, impressive boulders, clear water and excellent reef snorkeling.

Cons: During midday, the area is mobbed by day-trippers and is a less pleasant place to be.

Bottom Line: These islands are great for snorkelers, divers and rock climbers.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency in the Similan Islands is the Thai baht. There are no ATMs on the islands. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language

Thai is the official language, but park rangers and the few vendors should know at least a few words of English. Park signage on Koh Similan is also in English.


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