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Tuesday 9 May 2023

Similan Islands off limits for almost six months

One of the most popular day trip destinations in Thailand will be off limits for six months from next week. 

The Similan Islands will be closed to the public from May 16.

Located in the Andaman Sea, just 120 km northwest of Phuket, the Similan Islands are particularly popular with snorkelers and photographers. The two main islands are Ko Miang and Ko Similan

The archipelago closes for the monsoon season - until October 15 in this case - to aid the restoration of its habitats.

Mu Ko Similan National Park has been attracting about 2,000 visitors daily.

It is a fairly remote chain of 11 islands that attracts a large number of live-aboard dive cruises.

It is also noted for unique rock formations and its delightful beaches.

The numbers of visitors to the islands have been strictly controlled for several years, completely closing down each monsoon season.

There are no permanent lodgings but visitors are allowed to camp on three of the islands.

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