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Similan Islands for a non-swimmer

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Similan Islands for a non-swimmer

This maybe a stupid question.

But is it worth doing a day trip to the Similan Islands for a non-swimmer?

If so are there any recommendations of tour companies?


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1. Re: Similan Islands for a non-swimmer

Its a long way to go,and while the scenery is very nice, you can see similar things on beaches and islands a bit closer to Khao Lak.

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2. Re: Similan Islands for a non-swimmer

Thank you dragonc, do you have any suggestions?

In fact any ideas where I can find something similar to the Hong islands near krabi please. I them visited when I stayed in Krabi? I'd love to be able to see that sort of scenary again.

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3. Re: Similan Islands for a non-swimmer

Other than the Similans and the Surins which are better for snorkelling and diving, I would commend the small island of Koh Kho Khao (better known locally as KKK) which is about 20km north from Khao Lak, a 20 - 30 minute drive then 10 mins across on the ferry. Self-drive is the better option (or hire a driver locally) as on the way there or back you can visit the main Tsunami Memorial in the village of Ban Nam Khem which overlooks KKK.

On KKK itself beach access is mainly along the west coast with just a handful of resorts and restaurants at the ferry end. However, at the tip is the Sunset Restaurant with a great, largely deserted beach but pride of place is the stunning Virgin Beach which is just around the headland but reached along a track on your right before the Sunset but for which you need a motor bike or 4wd vehicle because of the deep very sandy ruts. Very easy to get stranded. Again there is just one small excellent restaurant/bar with a handful of deck chairs, lovely clear water before lunch and the tide stirs up the sand and stunning views of a neighbouring uninhabited island and the mountains on the mainland to the north.

You will find links to KKK in this previous thread tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k… and a search will provide loads of information too.

For a taxi too and from try Cheaper than Hotel Taxis in Khao Lak - see tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

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