Asia Travel

Travel || Koh Similan

Whilst we were in Thailand, another priority of ours was to make a trip to Koh Similan. The Similan Islands are supposed to be some of the most beautiful ones in the entire world, and some people argue that they exceed even the Maldives in pure beauty. And now that I’ve been I can certainly say that it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The water colour. The white sand. It was perfection. 

The Similan Islands are in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Phang Nga province, about 1 hour from the coast by speed boat. There are 11 islands in the archipelago. A lot of them are natural park protected and the large park is called Mu Ko Similan. The islands ares famous for their large boulders, coral beaches and super clear water that makes for great snorkelling. Because the islands are protected, if you take even one shell, bottle of sand or (god-forbid!) some coral you face a several thousand pound fine or a jail sentence. It might seem harsh but it makes absolute sense. The area has a really delicate eco-system and it’s not protected by its remoteness. So during a large part of the year the area is actually closed to tourists and visitors. The islands are open to the public between the 15th of October – 15th of May usually. 

It was on this trip that Sam and I got to snorkel multiple times from the boat. It was the first time I’ve ever gone in in the middle of the sea and it was incredible.  I got to see some stunning coral, massive amounts of fish and so many gorgeous underwater formations. Many years ago, Sam went snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, and he said that he enjoyed this even more. I saw a spiny crab, which was pretty awesome. 

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for me snorkelling wise – contact wearer problems – but I think by the end of our second snorkelling session, I had cracked it a bit. 

We used SeaStar to go to the Similan Islands after having such a good experience with them off the other coast in the Phuket Bay. It’s a different branch of SeaStar, and in full disclosure, it wasn’t nearly as organised or relaxed as the Phuket branch. I 100% recommend them for any trips out of the Royal Phuket Marina, but would recommend finding a different provider to take you to the Similan Islands. That being said, once we were off the boat and on the islands, it was the most glorious day ever! 

Doesn’t it just look like paradise? Take me back! 

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  • So, I look at all of this stunning perfection, and I look around and I’m still in grey London, sitting inside with my coat and gloves on because I’m sooooo cold. So I’ve decided that the sand was sooooo hot that it burned your feet and became uncomfortable. It’s the only way I can make it through Monday without throwing myself into the abyss. I mean, I’m happy for you, but this is just the way it’s gotta be xx

    • No I totally get that. I am retroactively jealous of myself and thinking that I was such a lucky bitch during those 2 weeks. And to be fair the sand did burn my feet, so you don’t even have to imagine it. It’s the truth. x

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  • Oh My!!! Those beaches!!! I am all about the beach life, beach hopping on holiday!
    Holly xx ////

    • I’m SUPER team beach holidays – especially so early in the season when they are still fairly empty! x

  • what to say really? gorgeous beaches:)

  • These photos are stunning! The water is so blue!

  • Wow, this looks like proper paradise – just look at the color of the water….reminds me of Koh Tao, perfect start into the week! 🙂
    xx finja |

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    the water is just beautiful!

  • Breathtaking pictures, great post too, I love your blog, thank you for sharing!!!


  • The water looks so blue and inviting

  • I’m not going to lie the open ocean terrifies me, but I think I could do snorkeling if it was in a place this beautiful!!

    • It’s definitely a bit disconcerting, but so beautiful that it was worth it! I was nervous to jump off the boat the first time, but because we stopped to snorkel several times, it was easier by the end. x

  • LOOOOOOOOK at the could of the sea, it looks like it’s been photoshopped it’s that incredible! Love the back of your bikini too! Is that the one you lost? Alice xxx

    • it is the one I lost! In fact, I think I even left it in a changing room on this very island when I got back into my dry things! It was a few years old from Joy so hopefully I can find something similar again. x