Destinations in Khura Buri District
Islands National Park.
Similan is a Yawi or Malay word, which means nine or a group
of nine islands. This
is located in Tambon Ko Phra Thong, Amphoe Khura Buri, occupying an
area of 32,000 acres. It was declared a national park on 1st September
1982 . Similan is a small group of islands comprising nine islands
stretching from north to south, respectively, namely: Ko Bon, Ko Bayu,
Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko
Payang, and Ko Huyong. The National Parks office is located on Ko Miang.
Similan is highly praised for its beautiful scenery, both onshore and
underwater. It is situated 70 kilometers from Phang-nga town. Best
time to visit is between November and April. Similan is named as one
of the most beautiful diving sites of the world by Skin Diving Magazine
in USA .
Interesting attractions in the National Park
Similan or Ko Paet is the largest island
in this group of islands. It has a distinctive horseshoe-shaped bay.
The average depth of the water is 60 feet. Underwater is full of
rock formations and coral reefs in several shapes and forms such
as deer, leaf, brain, and mushroom. The latter one is the most unspoiled
coral found in the country. Its soft sandy beach is very beautiful
and diving around here will let you see a lot of fishes and coral.
To the north, lies a striking large rock formation with astonishing
shapes such as boot and Donald Ducks head. The upper part of the
beach is an ideal lookout point with a rock of a sailing boat shape.
Ko Ba-Ngu is the ninth island of
the Similan group of islands. It has a strange feature. Looking from
one point, the shape of a skull can be seen. Underwater is as beautiful
as a valley full of coral reefs, deep gorge, and various sizes of fish.
Huyong, the island offers the whitest and longest beach
of all the nine islands. During turtles' egg laying season, from
November to February, there would be tracks on the beach from turtles
that come onshore to lay eggs, resembling centipede tracks.
Ko Miang is the second largest island among 9 islands
after Similan Island . It is where the office of the National Park
is located. The island offers a scenic beach which is suitable for
How to Get There
Thap Lamu Pier, located 70 kilometers
north of Phang-nga at Amphoe Thai Mueang, is the nearest point to Similan.
A boat trip takes around 3 hours. There is no regular boat service
for travelers to the island. Boats leaving from Thap Lamu are suitable
for group tours. It is sometimes possible for individuals to hitch
a ride or pay a reasonable fraction of the rental cost on a boat chartered
by a group. This method is by no means certain and should be an option
only for the adventurous that have time to spare. Visitors may contact
the park office at Thap Lamu (Tel: 0 7659 5045) for further information.
Or contact Med Sai Tour (Tel: 0 7621 6811, 0 7644 3276)
A boat trip from Patong Beach , Phuket takes around
four hours. Visitors can contact Seatran Travel Tel: 0 76219391-2.
Diving companies in Phuket also organize a three-day trip. Prices range
from 9,000 to 25,000 baht, depending on the level of luxury, and include
food, and accommodations.
There are bungalows and tents as well as restaurants
available on the island. For more information contact Mu Ko Similan
National Park, Mu 1, Thap Lamu, Tambon Lam Kaen, Amphoe Thai Mueang,
Phang-nga, 82120, tel. 0 7642 1365, 0 7641 1913-4 or 0 7659 5045.
Ko Surin National Park
Situated in Tambon Ko Phra Thong and covering an area
of 84,375 rais (33,750 acres), Mu Ko Surin is an archipelago of 5 islands:
Ko Surin Nuea, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ri , Ko Khai, and Ko Klang. It was
declared a national park on July 9, 1981 . The archipelago is located
in the Andaman Sea , near the Thai-Burmese sea border, to the west
coast of Thailand . There are beautiful and unspoilt coral reefs; the
area is suitable for snorkeling. The best time to visit is from November
Surin Nuea has several bays. The most well-known bay is
Ao Mae Yai, the largest bay that offers calm waters. To the southeast
of Ko Surin Nuea lies Ao Luek, which is so deep that the sea appears
dark green, offering splendid shallow corals as well as sea weeds,
sea flowers, coral lines, and various species of fish. Sea Gypsy
Village , a Singha, or Morgan, Sea Gypsy tribe resides on the shore
of Hat Sai En , Ko Surin Nuea. There are 130-150 sea gypsies who
still hold on to their traditional ways of life and still live in
their boats. On shore, there is a wooden sculpture resembling the
Indian Totem Pole and is considered a sacred area. Every year, on
the 15th day of the waxing moon in April, the sea gypsies in this
village would worship their respected spirits. The event lasts for
3 days. Ao Mai Ngam, situated to the west of Ko Surin Nuea with the
National Parks office nearby. There is a 2-kilometre walking path
that you can take to enjoy the natural features of Hat Mai Ngam or
you can take a longboat ride. The lovely bay provides fresh water
and a long beach that is best for snorkeling and swimming. Ao Chak,
situated to the north of Ko Surin Nuea. The bay possesses unspoilt
Interesting attractions on Ko Surin Tai include Ao Tao, situated to the
east of the island. The bay is home to numerous sea turtles and magnificent
coral reefs. Ao Phakkat, situated to the south of Ko Surin Tai. It is
where unspoilt coral reefs can be seen.
Ko Klang or Ko Pachumba has
a scenic bay called Ao Mangkon. The bay is teeming with splendid coral
reefs and many schools of various kinds of fish.
Ko Khai or Ko Torilla,
situated to the south of Ko Surin Tai. On the eastern side
of the island there is a long stretch of unspoilt and picturesque
coral reef. Snorkeling is the most recommended activity
How to Get There
Traveling to Mu Ko Surin can be initiated from several different points:
- Khura Buri Pier is the nearest point to Mu Ko Surin.
Khura Buri is some 125 kilometers north of Phang-nga. A boat trip takes
around 4 hours. There is no regular boat service for travelers to Ko
Surin. Boats leaving from Khura Buri are suitable for group tours.
- Amphoe Kapoe Pier is in Ranong Province . The trip
takes 7 hours. Visitors may contact Chansom Tara Hotel (tel: 0 7783
5317-9) which has boats leaving Chan Damri Beach for trips to Mu Ko
Note: The best way for individual
travelers is to join a trip out of Phuket that includes Mu Ko Surin
on the itinerary. This typically lasts at least 3 days and includes
visits to Mu Ko Similan.
There are lodges, bungalows, tents, and restaurants
available. Admission fee is 200 baht. Scuba diving equipments are available
for rent. For more information, contact Mu Ko Surin National Park,
Amphoe Khura Buri, Phang-nga, 82150, tel: 0 7649 1378, 0 7641 9028.
The allowance weather is between November and April. Before traveling,
contact Forecast Office for the weather, tel: 0 2399 4566 and 0 2260
Phang-nga National Park
Covering the areas of Amphoe Khura Buri and Amphoe
Takua Pa and situated 100 kilometers from Phang-nga town, this park
was established in honor of His Majesty the King on his 60th birthday
anniversary. This forested piece of land is home to a large variety
of flora and fauna. Getting to the park, visitors can take Highway
No.4 (Takua Pa Ranong) and then take a right turn at Km. 756 for another
5 kilometers. Interesting attractions in the park include:
Tam Nang, located 4.5 kilometers from the National Parks
office and another walk of 500 meters will take you to the 60 meters-high
waterfall. The surrounding area is full of lush vegetation and big
shady trees making it nice and cool.
Ton Toei is a 45 meter-high waterfall. A journey on foot
and back that begins from the National Park takes about 3 hours.
On the way, there is a small 10 meter-high waterfall, Namtok Noi,
to be seen. The path passes through groves of big dense evergreen
trees and vine forests.
Ton Sai - Before you reach the check point into the Park,
you will come upon a small path on your right and a 15-minute walk
down this path will lead you to a lovely waterfall. The 20 metre-high
falls is in a dense grove of banyan tree and is worth a visit.
Admission is 200 baht. Visitors wishing to stay overnight in the park
should bring their own tents. Contact the Si Phang-nga Nation Park
at tel: 0 7641 2611.
Koh Phra Thong ( Phra Thong Island
This is a large island northwest of Phang-nga. Located
in Tambon Phra Thong, the island is an ideal holiday paradise containing
unspoilt natural beauty as well as wonderful beaches. There is a large
fresh water reservoir and many kind of animals on the island. You can
charter a boat ride from Khura Buri pier to the island. The trip takes
just over an hour. Private accommodation is available.