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Surin Islands National Park, Phang Nga, Thailand

There are five islands in this national park : Koh Surin Nua, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Ree, Koh Khai and Koh Klang. This group of islands close to the marine boundary between Myanmar and Thailand and has one of the most remarkable panoplies of coral reef life to be found anywhere. Snorkeling gear would be proficient enough to the coral. Tourist attractions within the national park are :

Tao Bay

Located on the east of Surin Thai island (South Surin Island), this bay is home to many sea turtles living near the beautiful coral reefs.

Phak Kaad Bay

This bay is on the south of Surin Tai Island or Pachumpa island. There are many large fish living in the coral reef here.

Mai Ngam Bay

This bay is on the west of Koh Surin Nua. Visitors can either see the beautiful nature here on foot or by long-tail boat, the beach is 2 km long. There is also freshwater here.

Khai or Thorilla Island

Located south of Surin Thai Island, this island has a long and beautiful coral reefs on its west coast, great for snorkeling.

Chak Bay

The bay in front of Ree or Stork island, this bay is on the north of Surin Nua island and also has a beautiful coral reef.

Sea Gypsy Village

About 130-150 sea gypsies, or as called in thai, Chao Lay or Morgan, live on the north of Surin Tai Island. This tribe of sea gypsies has continued to live in its own culture and traditions.

Richelieu Rock

Located on the east coast of the Surin Islands, this rock is the most likely spot in the Andaman sea where divers may see whale sharks. There is also a beautiful coral reef and many other sea creatures.

How to get there

From Kura-buri Pier (about 2 hrs)
Vistors can reserve a boat at the offices of the national park at (tel. 0-7649-1378) or at Kura-buri Greenview Travel at (tel. 0-7649-1477-8).

From Thap Lamu Pier
The pier is in Thai-muang District. The trip takes about 4 hours.

From Khaper Pier, Ranong
Visitors can also contact Chansom Thara Hotel, where they have boats leaving from Chan Damri Beach to Surin Islands.

Accommodations are available on the islands of Koh Surin Nua. For more information, contact the offices of the national park at (tel. 0-2399-4566, 0-2260-1502).