Similan Islands, Phang-Nga

Similan Island

Similan Island

Similan Islands, Phang-Nga
The park is an archipelago consisting of 11 islands; occupying an area of approximately 140 km2 with a land area of about Similan Islands are a 24 kilometer long chain of nine islands and several rocks, located 70 kilometers off the Andaman coast in western Thailand’s Phang-Nga province. Together with the two solitary islands of Koh Bon and Koh Tachai they form the Mu Ko Similan National Park, established in 1982 as Thailand’s 43rd National Park. The surrounding sea is regarded as one of the best areas in the world for diving and snorkeling. For convenience, the Thai Department of National Parks (DNP) has assigned numbers to the islands. From north to south, they are:

Island 1: Koh Huyong
Island 2: Koh Payang
Island 3: Koh Payan
Island 4: Koh Miang
Island 5: Koh Ha
Island 6: Koh Payu
Island 7: Koh Hin Pousar
Island 8: Koh Similan
Island 9: Koh Ba-ngu
Island 10: Koh Bon
Island 11: Koh Tachai

“Similan” is a Yawi or Malay word, which means nine or a group of nine islands. In 1982, this 128 square kilometers area was declared a marine national park, and in recent years this group of nine small islands has become one of the leading attractions for visitors to Southern Thailand. Listed as among the very best beaches in Thailand.

The Similan Islands located about 50 Kilometers west of Khao Lak, Thailand and are composed of nine granite islands washed by a clear blue tropical ocean and blessed with some of the world’s finest beaches. It consists of nine islands known for long white coral sand beaches, crystal blue waters and providing some of the best scenery in Thailand. The islands are home to a huge variety of marine life of which many are rare and endangered species. It is the best place for diving and snorkeling in Thailand and one of the best diving spots in the world.

Maiton Island, Phuket

Maiton Island

Maiton Island

Maiton Island, Phuket

We’re recommend tour Phuket MAI TON Island

Grand opening And then we’re recommend”NEW ISLAND” it’s call”MAITON ISLAND”so move beautiful Tachai Island in Phang-nga for Honey Noon Island and you regularly see Dolphin at Maiton Island we’re have provides a full range of boats for Island tour, speed boat and many fun sea activities such as Snorkeling, Kayaking, Beach volleyball, live Rock country Song on the Island.

Maiton Island Snorkeling, Fishing, Looking Dolphin, Sunset on the yacht

Maiton Island or Timber Island as the local Thai population call it (due to the heavily forested landscape) is a tranquil little island located approximately 9 kilometers off the southeast coast of Phuket in southern Thailand. Situated between Phuket and Phi Phi Island, this small slice of heaven on earth is overlooked by most tourists and tour operators visiting Phuket (and surrounding regions) because of the limited infrastructure which exists on the island.

But the lush tropical vegetation and cool sea breezes mean that temperatures are quite pleasant here and range between 21-35 degrees Celsius. In addition, the island also has a lovely beach located adjacent to the resort, and it provides white sand which looks similar to talcum powder.

Lipe Islands, Satun

Lipe Island

Lipe Island

Lipe Islands, Satun
Ko Lipe is an island on the Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand.

Ko Lipe (sometimes spelled Koh Lipe) is outside of the jurisdiction of Tarutao National Park, and as such is exempt from certain laws prohibiting development. It is surrounded by uninhabited islands of the Butong Archipelago.

The island is home to about  500 Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies, who were given a grant to half of the island and live in small villages, predominantly around the Far East side of the island near Sunrise Beach. The name “Ko Lipe” means “Paper Island” in the local Chao Ley language.

The huge tourism business of Ko Lipe results in water shortages, waste disposal issues, and other environmental problems. It is common to see garbage being burnt since there are not many reliable options for waste disposal. To help combat this problem, many restaurants and bars will refill used plastic or reusable water bottles for free or very little cost. Look for places with white water jugs or standard water dispensers to participate, reduce waste, and save money.

Ko Lipe only has an open water pier located 100 m. of shore from Pattaya beach. Most speed boats and ferries will drop you there. You need to pay 200 baht per person for national park entry fee and 50 baht for long boat to transfer you from open water pier to the Pattaya beach.

Save the national park entry ticket. It is valid for 7 days, so you don’t need to pay that fee again if going for a snorkeling trip or visiting another islands around Ko Lipe.

Let’s go by plane
Nok Air offers two-daily flight ferry services from Bangkok to Ko Lipe by flying with Nok Air to Trang and transferred on a ferry to Ko Lipe. This can be booked directly from their website.

Air Asia offers an island transfer package that includes a flight from Bangkok to Hat Yai, a bus to Pak Bara, and a ferry to Ko Lipe.

James Bond Island, Phang Nga

James Bond Island

James Bond Island

James Bond Island, Phang Nga
Joining a James Bond Island tour and cruise the Phang Nga Bay is the second most popular activity in the region. The area is situated 25 km north-east of Phuket. It consists of numerous dramatic limestone cliffs rising sheer out of the waters. The most famous one being James Bond Island with its needle formed limestone rock which featured in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”. The Muslim fishing village on the island Koh Panyee is another popular spot to visit. Canoeing through limestone caves into mangrove forests is included in the tours.

Before 1974, the island was a rarely visited indigenous area. However, it was chosen as one of the locations for the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun as the hideout for Bond’s antagonist, Francisco Scaremonger. After the movie release it turned into a popular tourist destination that has gradually contaminated Khao Phing Kan with household litter.

In 1981, the island became the most famous part of the newly established Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park. Since 1998, it is forbidden for tourist boats to approach Ko Tapu. This measure aims to stop erosion of the limestone rocks on and near the islet that might eventually result in its collapse.