Things to do in Thailand: Swim with sea turtles at Similan Islands
If you ever need more convincing to include Thailand on your travel bucket list then today’s feature on Similan Islands might just be the push you need to finally book that flight! The usual list of things to do in Thailand includes riding the tuktuk, trying out street food, shopping for cheap finds, and go island hopping. But what if we tell you that you can include swimming with the sea turtles on that list? Continue reading our Thailand travel guide to find out more!
Situated off the east coast of Phang Nga Province in southern Thailand lies Similan Islands – a group of islands in the Andaman Sea located about 84km northwest of Phuket.
From a distance, you can easily see what makes Similan Islands a must-visit Thailand attraction. The long stretches of scenic beaches and huge boulders are enough reason for travellers to keep coming back to this tourist hotspot. But Similan Islands’ most striking feature lies beneath its clear blue waters.
Regarded as one of the world’s most interesting diving spots, Similan Islands became a famous pit stop for yachts and boat tours. Some are day tours from Khao Lak and Phuket but you can also stay overnight, provided that you book from a travel company. Staying for 2 days or more will give you more time to go diving and snorkelling – the must-try things to do in Thailand – especially when you’re in Similan Islands.
As you prepare to go diving, don’t forget to bring your underwater camera to make sure you capture Similan Islands’ rich marine life! You can expect to see different types of sea turtles such as the green turtle, hawksbill turtle, olive ridley turtle, and leatherback turtle. There are more from this list but some of these species have not been seen for the last couple of years.
Remember that it is important not to scare the sea turtles and be mindful when swimming around them. It is best to observe them from a short distance – they can bite you but will only do so if they feel scared or harassed. While it is a one of a lifetime experience, be sure to take into consideration the fact that most of these species are considered endangered so be cautious when you go swimming with them and bring your trash with you as it can harm these gentle reptiles.
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