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Easiest and Fastest Way to Get to Similan Islands-

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Hello I am going on my first trip to Thailand. I've been told to not bother with spending a lot of time in Phuket, and to try and make it to the Similan Islands for a day. Is it worth a day trip, given the time it takes to get there? Are there places to eat there? Do guides stay with you the entire time if they take you over there? Thanks for you help!

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The Similan Islands and the Surin Islands are two world class dive and snorkel sites. That is their main appeal.

The Similan Islands are about 65km off shore, about 75 mins by fast speedboat, in the Andaman Sea with the main departure pier being Tab Lamu, which is about 20 minutes from Khao Lak which is the most popular starting and staying point for day or overnight or liveaboard tours. Tab Lamu is about 2 1/2 hours from the popular Phuket resort areas so a day tour is a long day.

The Similan Islands are similarly about 75 mins by fast speedboat further north with the departure pier at Kuraburi just over an hour north of Khao Lak. A REALLY long day from Phuket!!

Day speedboat tours usually have about 20 - 30 passengers on board and the itinerary is generally the same - snorkel from the boat (all equipment supplied), time on an island, lunch on island (included in price) , snorkel from island, return snorkel from the boat. There are several guides on board who advise on and supervise activities.

If you are not going to spend a lot of time in Phuket I would suggest you consider Khao Lak. Instead of turning right at the airport and travelling about an hour to the popular (and very commercialised areas of Patong or Karon) turn left and in the same time you will be in Khao Lak with its 25km of beaches and the ideal place for tours to the Similans, Surins or the wonderful Khao Sok National Park.

Plenty of information on Khao Lak in the FAQs on the forum at tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g297914-i10908-K… and on Khao Sok on the forum at tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g1657011-i16537-…

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2. Re: Easiest and Fastest Way to Get to Similan Islands-

Completely agree with above post

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3. Re: Easiest and Fastest Way to Get to Similan Islands-

Because it takes so long to get to the islands (driving + boat = at least 4 hours), I'd definitely recommend staying overnight for one or better yet, two, nights. It's fun - a bit like camping...

For the lowdown on planning a DIY stay, check out my blog:


Have a great time!

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