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Visiting Mu Koh Surin National Park

April 23, 2017
Surin islands day trip

Dear Thailand, I gotta tell you something: You’re spoiled. The amount of tropical islands that belong to your kingdom isn’t fair. And I doubt I’ll be able to visit all of them during my lifetime but I’m trying. It doesn’t matter how often I keep coming back to you, I’ll always end up with a longer bucket list. One by one I’m working my way through that list to finally make it to one of the remotest of all Thai islands: The Surin Islands in the Andaman Sea. What a beauty!

Declared as a marine national park, the underwater world is the main attraction of the islands and has been voted to Thailand’s best scuba diving and snorkeling site (along with the Similan Islands). Unfortunately we didn’t see any big animals this time but the corals and fish were still impressive (my poor phone photos don’t come close to reality!)

We visited the islands during a day trip, however it’s possible to spend the night in tents or basic bungalows. The overnight package seemed very pricey to me, but look at the view, it might be worth it?

The journey via speedboat takes a little more than an hour, but to me it felt like forever… The ride was so bumpy and rough that I thought the boat’s gonna crush on the waves – so you can imagine how glad I was when I finally reached the beach without having an unappetizing incident.

But the sea looks so calm and innocent here doesn’t it?

Ok dear Surin, you deserved a kiss!

Besides the snorkeling sites and a lunch break, a visit to the Moken village (a tribe that live a nomad-style life by the sea) was part of the itinerary. Of course it’s one of those obligatory “30-minutes-to-buy-souvenirs” stops which I always feel a bit misplaced at. The nomads used to live on houseboats but were relocated by the government to that stretch of beach after the Tsunami. I hope they make a reasonable income from tourism at least…

Wildlife can also be found on land like monitor lizards (ok not so spectacular, they’re anywhere in Thailand) but we also spotted a cute mother-baby flying lemur couple ❤️

But let’s get back to the water. The turquoise, crystal-clear beautiful water… Sigh!

And if you’re not convinced yet, I added a short video. It’s my first one ever on this blog (yay!) but don’t expect any milestone work… It’s basically just a summary of the clips I’ve taken for Instagram stories (therefore it’s all vertical, ugh…) but it’s good enough for a little daydreaming 😉

How to get there:

The Surin Island are only open to visitors during the dry season from November to May. Plenty of tour operators offer day trips and overnight packages from Khao Lak and Phuket, but the boats mostly depart from the pier in Kuraburi (about 1.5 hour drive from Khao Lak and minimum 2.5 hours from Phuket). To cut the travel time down a bit, we spend the night before in Kuraburi (see last post) which I can highly recommend (otherwise you have to get up at 6am). From there, the speedboat takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the islands. I heard it’s possible to organize trips individually but it seems there’s a lot of research involved (and might cost the same at the end). Tip: Don’t expect an unspoiled Robinson experience – the tours are highly advertised and booked, there are dozens of speed boats going every day. But it never felt uncomfortably crowded and the islands are really beautiful – so still worth it!


Back on the mainland we pampered ourselves in a more upscale resort in Khao Lak. You might remember the name from the disastrous Tsunami that hit that region hard in 2004, but it has recovered pretty quickly after that. Today Khao Lak is the more quiet alternative to busy Phuket and has some long stretches of beautiful beaches and many luxury hotels. The downside, it’s hard to get around without your own vehicle. If you’re not into staying in your resort all day, you have no other choice then renting a car, because the taxi fares are totally overpriced :/

Tides were shaping the beaches, so it’s not a bad idea to have a nice pool nearby 😉

Take me back to where the sweetest pineapples grow please!

A sunset by the beach and some fresh fish, I don’t need much else to be happy…

Goodbye Thailand, see you soon hopefully!

21 Comments

  • Reply Marisa's Italian Kitchen April 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    So so beautiful and stunning!!! 😊💕

    • Reply sileas April 25, 2017 at 10:11 am

      It really is 🙂

  • Reply jewels April 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Gorgeous…! I want to go too!!!

    • Reply sileas April 27, 2017 at 9:43 am

      It’s not too far from you actually 😉

  • Reply Tiffany. Yang April 27, 2017 at 2:02 am

    There’s so many beautiful places in Thailand! The last time I travelled to one of their tropical island I was still a little kid, and I barely remember anything haha! I should definitely go back, hopefully soon!!

    Tiffany x
    https://www.mstiffanyyang.com

    • Reply sileas April 27, 2017 at 9:44 am

      I agree, Tiffany, it’s time to refresh your memories 😉

  • Reply Paleica April 27, 2017 at 7:49 am

    wow, das ist unfassbar schön *.* ich sehe schon, irgendwann werde ich doch ins flugzeug steigen und nach asien fliegen 😉

    • Reply sileas April 27, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Ich hoffe dich irgendwann so überzeugt zu haben, dass du nicht mehr anders kannst 😛

      • Reply Paleica April 27, 2017 at 9:48 am

        es dauert wahrscheinlich nicht mehr allzu lang 😛

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 April 27, 2017 at 11:56 am

    That water is such a beautiful colour; looks so inviting and also the pool looks fabulous too Julia. I didn’t know that those lizards were all around Thailand…very cute.

    • Reply sileas April 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      You’re right Sue, I was blown away by the beautiful water!

  • Reply Vicky T. April 27, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    You’re always going to the prettiest places! I really want to visit Thailand now haha

    Vicky
    https://vickysscrapbook.com/

    • Reply sileas May 3, 2017 at 9:58 am

      I can’t help myself, I’m just obsessed with traveling 😀

  • Reply Miyang April 28, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Wow! The place is so good!

    • Reply sileas May 3, 2017 at 10:01 am

      There’s nothing more to add 😉

  • Reply Nat Worldwild April 30, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Wunderschöne Fotos!! Wenn ich deine Artikel über Thailand lese, denke ich immer wieder, ich sollte Thailand eine zweite Chance geben. 🙂 Liebe Grüße! Nat

    • Reply sileas May 3, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Danke! Es hätte auf jeden Fall eine zweite Chance verdient 😉

  • Reply Hanna May 1, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Thank you for sharing us this lovely travel story and pics! I haven’t been in Thailand for years, mainly because I’ve been afraid to see the tourist crowds, you assured me there are still so much unspoiled to see. What a beautiful place!

    • Reply sileas May 3, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Thanks Hanna, it was my aim to show my readers exactly that 🙂

  • Reply PinaySkattebasse May 3, 2017 at 10:21 am

    So exotic and beautiful! I wish I know how to dive, but I can settle for snorkeling. lol hope the stone did not turn into something alive, after the kiss. 😀

    • Reply sileas May 9, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Haha, Thai people are so superstitious, I’m sure there’s some kind of story behind that rock 😉

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