There are three ways that you can stay on the Similan Islands:
- Overnight tour boat
- On diving liveaboard
- Bungalow and tents which Similan National Marine Park provides
Since the only way to stay on Similans is through the National Park system, it can be difficult to attain a booking. If you find this is happening to you, consider a stay in Khao Lak and do day trips instead
Similan Islands Accommodation
These options can only be found on Islands four and eight. You can rent bungalows on island four. But, if you’re diving, check out the overnight boat or liveaboard. Snorkelers can do daytrips from Khao Lak, some camping or overnight trips.
How To Book A Similan Island Vacation
You may contact the National Parks directly here: (+66) 25 62 0760
National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
The official name of the Similan Island park – Mu Ko Similan
Booking Similan Islands Bungalows:
If you have problems with your reservation, check out our friends with Khao Lak Life. They’ll be happy to assist you. You’ll pay a small fee but they’re well worth handling it all for you.
If you wish to have the easiest transport to and from the Similans – we recommend staying in Khao Lak before and after your visit!
Similan Islands Tents
If you decide to go with the Similan Island Tents, you’ll be glad to know that they’re simple and big. They include a floor pad, pillows and sheets. The tents come with a mosquito net. They are spaced about 1 to 1.5 meters apart from the central area and near the beaches. They run roughly 570 Baht per night and it’s recommended that you reserve your tent.
During this time, the park doesn’t allow for private tents, which means you must use park-provided tents. The policy could change in the future. You can only get the tents reserved through an agent, as the Similan National Park online system works just for the bungalow reservations.
Please attempt to contact Khao Lak Life and see if they can help you.
Arranging your Similan Island Bungalows
There are about 20 bungalows for rent, located on island four. They come with air-conditioning and have attached bathrooms. The majority offer a view of Princess Bay. While simple, they are government owned and managed. If you’re looking for a nice island stay, you can find it for 2,000 baht. It’s recommended that you set up a reservation. You can use the reservation system the National Parks has set up.
You may try to use the Reservation system set up by the National parks. It is both clunky and confusing! If you find it difficult to use, please contact us and we will set up and complete the reservation – in person.
There are many boats to choose from, letting you stay there for the vacation. Now, these boats are geared for divers and, rarely, are for non-divers or snorkelers. With more than 40 boats along the coast and Surin Islands, there are many to pick from. If you feel overwhelmed, consider the Similan Diving Liveaboard.
In all choices with travel, please make your choices wisely. There are dozens of “travel agents” in Khao Lak and hundreds in Phuket. Are they just agents or are they the actual operators? Would you buy an airline ticket from someone who has never flown in a plane and has a small booth on the side of the street?