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Travel || Sailing Rock, Koh Similan

It’s time for the last of my big travel posts about Thailand (I have one left about our hotel but this is the last adventurous post) and in my mind I saved the best for last. Today I want to introduce you to Sailing Rock on the largest of the Similan Islands, Koh Paet. 

Sailing Rock is a huge rock formation on the upper part of the beach, where at the lookout point a massive rock is shaped like a ship’s sail. I won’t sugar coat it; being up on Sailing Rock was terrifying. It might not look that high from the beach, but once you’re up there it truly is. Plus there are zero rails or safety precautions – one slip and you’ll go tumbling onto the rocks below. I wasn’t scared at first, but a German tourist next to me dropped her lens cap as she was snapping some photos and she and I watched it roll off the cliff and fall a 100 feet. We glanced at each other in mild terror. Regardless, I’m still so glad that we climbed up because we had one of the best views from there during our entire trip in Thailand. 

The climb from the beach to the Sailing Rock takes about 20 minutes. Some parts are quite steep and at other times you have to crawl on your hands and knees between boulders. Koh Paet is a famous diver’s paradise. The island is horseshoe shaped and the average water depth is around 60 feet. The water is crystal clear and it has one of the largest sections of unspoiled coral in the country. There are deer, leaf, brain, and mushroom coral formations. The best part of climbing Sailing Rock was looking down and being able to see all the underwater coral and rock formations from on high. 

Afterwards Sam and I climbed down, relaxed on the beach a bit and did some more snorkelling. It really was a day in paradise, and I’m not sure I’ll ever visit anywhere more beautiful than the Similan Islands. 

View from Sailing Rock into the bay.

Sailing Rock as viewed from the shore. 

The Similan Islands are about as close to paradise as I have ever come. What about you? 

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  • Woweee Amanda what a post to finish on! I’d really really like to visit Thailand now after going through all of your Photos! Climbing the rock itself sounds pretty terrifying, I wonder how many people actually end up hurting themselves?! Still, you survived and got some amazing shots to prove it! Alice xxxx

  • That water is so amazing!!! If I go to Thailand, the Similan islands will be top of my list! How was the snorkelling?

    • The snorkelling was really really brilliant – I think anywhere in the Similan Islands is bound to be gorgeous! One man in our group saw an octopus, but I missed it! x

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Oooh we never went there but it really does look like paradise!

  • Laura Torninoja

    That water looks absolutely gorgeous! I don’t think I’ve ever seen water so blue anywhere!

    I think I would be super scared to go up there but I bet it’s worth it! One day πŸ™‚

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • so beautiful!

  • Oh wow this place looks amazing, the water just looks so bright and clean! This is definitely going on my travel bucket list πŸ™‚

    Kayleigh |

  • More amazing photos of a place I will most likely never visit so I really enjoyed these photos

  • You have 1000% convinced me to explore Thailand someday – it’s SO beautiful!

    • Yes!!! Do it! Though I can’t remember how you and the mister feel about heat. It did get flippin’ HOT! X

  • It looks incredible. I spent 6 weeks in Thailand and am now gutted I didn’t know about the Similan islands! I am so in love with the colour of that water! Can you recommend a particular hotel too? xx

    • We stayed at the Laguna Resort in Khao Lak (that’s the area that most people use as a base for the SImilan Islands) and it was really wonderful! I had a nose around Casa de La Flora which was in the area and it seemed like a gorgeous hotel too! x

  • Those rocks look amazing! I’m really craving a thailand holiday after all your posts.

  • That water looks amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen water this gorgeous actually haha

  • Miu

    The view is definitely awesome, but I would have been so scared without railings!

  • Love the pictures πŸ™‚