What do you want to know about the similan islands?
Similan Islands means Nine Islands in Yawi, which is the native tongue of the area. In 2014 the National Park expanded its area and the two islands Koh Bon and Koh Tachai where placed under its protection.
When to visit Lam Kaen
The fragile and unique eco systems on the Similan Islands are one of the major attractions of the area. But because the fragility of the nature reserve it can’t endure the massive tourist industry. Therefore, the Government of Thailand is protecting the Islands by closing them down for the public during the Monsoon season, which starts around May and ends in October. Between these dates the park is closed for all tourist and other visitors. Unfortunately the remoteness of the Islands does not fully protect them.
Wildlife protection and preservation
In the year 1982, just one year after the full exploration of the islands, the Similan Islands became a protected National Park of Thailand. Since then the Thai Government is restricting access to multiple islands and beaches to protect the wildlife on the Islands. Additionally law prohibits sport fishing and commercial fishing in certain areas. This helps in protecting the wildlife that is absolutely pristine and unique for Thailand. On the Similan Islands you will find various varieties of tropical singing birds, reptiles, small critters and amazing sea creatures that migrate onto the land. The Andaman Sea around the islands is one of the best-kept secrets of Thailand.