North and North West of Phuket
Similan Islands55 miles NW of Phuket
An archipelago of nine islands. One of which has a tiny settlement and a small restaurant. Typical for these islands are the abundance of huge boulders, which make up weird and spectacular formations. Good snorkeling and kayaking. The Similans are considered to be Thailand's best diving area.
Virtually on Thai/Burmese (Myanmar) border.
Breathtakingly beautiful with mostly deserted beaches and lush rainforest. You will find a small colony of Sea Gypsies here and a national parks office along with a small group of bungalows.
The Sea Gypsy village is sensibly located near a stream that provides fresh water in abundance.
They make their living by fishing and collecting sea cucumbers. Nowadays tourism is also providing extra income, as they offer their longtail boats for guided snorkelling trips.