‘Similan’ means nine and these nine islands scattered in the Andaman islands are found just 50 kilometres from the Khao Lak, a beach resort town in Thailand. With their picture post card appearances, it is hardly surprising that this region has been called to be among the ten best beaches in Asia. Another great news for divers is that it is also considered to be top ten diving destinations in the world. The national park consisting of the islands is also about to make their entrance to the list of Unesco World Heritage sites. It is easy to visit the islands, on boat tours as they are readily available. Although the islands are not occupied by hotels or restaurants to a large extent, there are some ranger stations and bungalows for rent.
With the endless stretches of powdery white sandy beaches and the crystal blue waters revealing so much beneath its surface, and the sun beaming cheerily from above, a visitor tends to share the feeling of belonging to a picture post card himself. Needless to say, all this is eye candy for a photographer as the sun, sea and sand never appear to compliment each other so well as in these wonderful wave grit islands. Catch a glimpse of some rare and endangered sea creatures as well as the turtles nesting among the sand. Dive down to see more of undiscovered treasures and mosaics of coral reefs that leave little to the imagination with their myriad of colours and plethora of shapes. The largest of the islands is the Koh Similan while the area called the Elephant head rock is the best diving site.
Come inland to discover more pleasant surprises awaiting to thrill you as you step into a Samui Resort on the mainland. With a range of sea view terraces, sophisticated and spacious suites, a range of facilities like satellite television, mini bar and luxurious terrazzo baths to indulge in, the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui feels like a portion of haven that has come down to earth. A Samui Hotel like this leaves little to the imagination whether it is ravishing views of seascape or indoor indulgences or chic interior décor and even sinfully delicious meals, that makes it the perfect host for that memorable Thailand vacation.