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Similan Islands

An island of Phangnga, Thailand, Asia.

The Similan Islands (หมู่เกาะสิมิลัน) is a group of islands in the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand. It was established as a national park in 1982.

The Similans are an excellent live-aboard destination, though day trips are possible from Kao Lak on the mainland.

Similan Islands National Park was established after the one-year exploration by the forestry department. The park is an archipelago consisting of nine islands named Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong. Recently, the park was expanded to included two remote islands named Ko Bon and Ko Tachai. The Similans are situated 70 kilometres from Phang Nga town. "Similan" is a Yawi word which means "nine". Similan is one of the most famous diving sites in Thailand, and noted as one of the top ten dive destinations according to the National Geographic Society.

Strong currents can pass through these exposed waters.

The islands are also worth walking or hiking trips.

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