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Similan Islands Scheduled for Closure Next Month

Published: April 18, 2023 at 10:13 pm

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Thailand’s stunning Similan Islands, a haven for travelers seeking pristine beaches and world-class diving experiences, will be closing for environmental rehabilitation starting May 19th. After a bustling Songkran holiday season that attracted thousands of visitors, the islands will take a much-needed break to restore their natural beauty.

The Similan Islands Marine Park will remain closed during the monsoon season, with plans to reopen on October 15, 2023, giving nature ample time to recover from the busy high season.

During the Songkran festivities (April 11-14, 2023), Mu Ko Similan National Park saw an influx of tourists, with thousands contributing substantial admission fees each day. In 2023, admission prices will be 500 baht for foreign adults, 300 baht for foreign children, 100 baht for Thai adults, and 50 baht for Thai children.

Located 70 km off the coast of Phang Nga province, the 11-island archipelago of Mu Ko Similan National Park is renowned for its vibrant coral reefs, crystal-clear turquoise waters, unique rock formations, and lush tropical forests. Established as a national park in 1982, the Similan Islands have become a top attraction for visitors from around the world.

To protect the delicate ecosystem, the Thai government has limited daily visitor numbers to 3,325, down from a previous peak of 7,000 per day. Each monsoon season, the islands close for ecological rejuvenation.

While the Similan Islands offer no hotels or facilities, camping is allowed on three of the islands. If you’re eager to experience the islands’ stunning marine life before they close on May 18th, plan your visit soon.

According to Thai National Parks, visitors can expect to encounter a diverse array of marine life, including various species of sharks, rays, sea turtles, eels, barracudas, parrotfish, wrasses, and more.

Don’t miss your chance to explore this breathtaking destination before it temporarily closes for restoration. If you’re planning an extended stay in Thailand, consider applying for the Thailand Elite Visa, which offers numerous benefits and privileges, including a long-term visa option. Plan your trip now to create lasting memories in one of the world’s most beautiful and environmentally conscious destinations.

SOURCE: Thaiger

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