Travel Budget for Similan Islands

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How much does it cost to travel to Similan Islands?

How much money will you need in Similan Islands? ฿5,307 ($174) is the average daily price for traveling in Similan Islands. The average price of meals in Similan Islands for one day is ฿1,057 ($35). The average price of a hotel in Similan Islands for a couple is ฿3,943 ($129). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple

How expensive is Similan Islands?

How much does a trip to Similan Islands cost? Is Similan Islands expensive? The average Similan Islands trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Similan Islands prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
This data comes from the travel budgets of real travelers - Learn more about these numbers.
Flights to Similan Islands

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Typical tour prices for Similan Islands

How much do tours to Similan Islands cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    9 days
    $ 885
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    13 days
    $ 1425
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    7 days
    $ 650
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 1550
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Similan Islands Similan Islands, Thailand
There are places divers like, and there are places divers love. One of the most popular spots to visit the underwater world is at the national park of the Similan Islands in southern Thailand. With 140 square kilometers of land and nine islands, this area is a paradise for those ready to get their feet wet.

The park is made up of nine islands: Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang, Ko Payan, Ko Paying and Ko Huyong. If these names are a bit too similar for you to easily differentiate, don't worry. Most refer to each island with a number from 1 to 9. Two more islands were added to the park – Koh Bon and Koh Tachai – in 1998.

Even though the park was only established in 1982, the islands have been around for approximately 65 million years. They are the product of swells of hot magma during the Cretaceous period and smoothed over by glacial ice and water erosion. The reefs beneath the surface are approximately 5,000 years and therefor the oldest in Thailand. Luckily, because of its deep waters, the islands' underwater landscapes were essentially unharmed during the 2004 tsunami.

Each island is covered in lush, tropical jungle and white, sandy coastlines. There is fish of every shape, color and size – including the famous "Nemo" clownfish, batfish, barracudas, whale sharks and manta rays.

You'll want to plan your visit around monsoon season. So book a trip sometime between December and April. March is a particularly good time to visit as the winds have died down and the water is crystal clear. The park is closed from May to November.

There are a few tents and bungalows on some of the islands. They are government run, and you'll need to reserve them in advance. Many divers will simply take day trips, or sleep on board boats. There are several organized tour and boat options available out of Phuket, Khao Lak and Ranong. Both areas will likely offer day trips and live-aboard cruises. These cruises typically start at four days and 4 nights, but shorter trips are available. There is an entry fee to the park, along with a daily usage fee for those spending multiple days in the park. This fee is paid to your driver before the trip.
Each island has its own charms that will win you over. Koh Miang, for example, also known as island four, is home to a small beach and many different animals including the enchanting flying foxes. Walk along the picturesque Viewpoint Trail for some pretty breathtaking scenery. Keep in mind that this trail may not be for everyone. It is 500 meters of steep climbing.

Koh Similan, or island eight, is the largest island. Underwater you'll find rock formations and coral reefs in a variety of shapes including deer, leaves and brains. It is also home to a beautiful bay known as Big Bend, and the iconic towering Sail Rock. Climb it for an amazing view of all the islands. It is also here that you will find Sunset Point. Walk through the forest and discover the stunning sight that gives this area its name.

Koh Pa Yu, or island seven, in the east has shallow and deep waters for diving. This is one of the islands that has not seen the effects of coral bleaching. Much of its hard coral is still intact.

Ko Huyong has the longest and widest beach, but remember you are not allowed to land here. This beach is where turtles come to nest and lay their eggs so it is off-limits to tourists.

Food and Dining
You will not find much in the way of fine dining on the Similan Islands. There is a restaurant next to the park office on Koh Miang that will serve simple Thai dishes.

If you are travelling for a day trip, be sure to pack snacks, water and a lunch for you and your party.

For shorter routes to and from Similan Islands, it is recommended to book ahead. The best prices for buses and trains in Thailand can be found on 12Go. They let you search across all bus, train, and airline routes throughout Asia.

Tours to and from the park leave from Khao Lak, Phuket and Ranong, and offer diving and snorkeling tours. Once you are on the islands, there are marine park boats available for transportation between the islands. It is less expensive than renting your own boat, but can also be less reliable.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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