Another place where you can sleep is on the boat together with the divers...
The thing to take note is that they will bring you to the boat very early, like ard 3pm as such you cannot enjoy the beaches on the island but you'll get the chance to swim in the open water...hehehe...
The place is a campground where there are about 20 tents being set up..
Tent was big as I can even stand up straight when I'm inside the tent (My height is only 1.6m) and there are still room above me...
I would say that the space is big enough for 4 people sleep in it (but got no space to put all your bags).. Each tent has 2 sleeping bags so you got lots of extra space to move around in the tent..
There are 2 public toilets and bathrooms for the campers to wash up... Quite clean I would say.. No hot shower, of cos...
There are also some chalets that you can stay in and I would recommend that you stay in the chalet but I'm not sure what's the condition of the chalets are.. But the tour guide told me that the tents are so much better than the chalet (Don't know how true is it)..
We were supposed to stay in a boat (liveaboard) but the tour guide made us stay in the tent... I didn't even got the chance to ask him to let me stay in the chalet as he left without telling me and told the resort's guide to take care of us... Abit upset about the whole thing as I had paid TB1000 (per person) more than those who paid for the tent to stay in a boat...
There are only chalets, tents and a restaurant on the island.. No other facilities.. Anyway, who need facilities if you got great beaches on the island...
Very peaceful and realxing..
The trip to this Island is expensive though..
There are many liveaboards operating to Similan Islands. I chose MV Scubacat because it's a catamaran and thus more stable for motion sickness prone little old me.
Scubacat is based out of Similans and cabins are twin share bunk beds. Many common bathrooms available so you don't have to wait long.
There is also a large sun deck for you to chill out.
Catamaran - stable and wide space
The last option is to camp on Ko Mieng, where there is a campground near Princess Bay. The camping fee is 450 baht per night, including the tent for 2 persons.
There are some bungalows on Ko Mieng (Island No 4) that are managed by the National Park Headquarter. Since this is the only accommodation available on the islands, the price will be rather steep. A few Swedish guys from my liveaboard couldn't sleep on the first night and they decided to stay in the bungalows at a cost of 2000 baht per bungalow (fan) for one night that accommodates 2 persons with views of the bay. The cheaper bungalows cost 1000 baht for one night but I think they do not have view of the bay. What I heard from the guysis that the beds were rather hard but the bungalows were generally fine. They were lucky as there were bungalows available at that time. Usually, you have to reserve them one month in advance by contacting the Marine National Park Division of the Royal Forest Department in Bangkok or the mark's main visitor centre on Ko Mieng.
Most people who visit Ko Similan go on liveaboards as the accomodation on the islands is really limited to a few bungalows on Ko Mieng. There are many liveaboards available for diving, some are also open to snorkellers. For snorkellers, I found one that is specialized for 3-day snorkelling trip. The good thing about a specialized trip is they bring you to the right spots for snorkelling or diving.This trip is managed by Olof and Tukkata, the owners of Poseidon Bungalows in Lam Kaen, near Khao Lak. The cost is 6500 baht per person and the Similan Tour is only available from November to April. Do book early as the liveaboard can only take 16 passengers, excluding the guide, chef and captains.
For more info, visit http://www.similantour.nu/
It is possible to book a tent at no 8, this island has a reception and a restaurant but it is better to book before You leave the mainland, book at the harbour at the National park Office at Tab Lamu pier and not from all those "friendly" salesmen with a cellphone in their hands.
It is possible to use Your own tent.
Views, snorkeling,trips by boat to the other Islands, restaurant, toilets and shower
I did not choose this but I spoke to people who rented it and they told me that it was alright for 400 THB
The tents are close to the toilets,bathroom and the only existing restaurant
2000 THB gives You the pleasure of once have slept in the Bungalows at Similan Island no 4, incredible views, but the bed was really a hard one, we had electricity from 18:00 to 24:00, toilet with shower and only cold water but it doesnt matter the water is about 25 C.
The feeling of sleeping in a Bungalow 25 m of the ground is wonderful, a Balcony to sit and enjoy the view through the forest, looking at crystalwhite powderbeach and bluegreen water.
You will wake up together with flying foxes (giant bats), flying squirrels, etc.... and they make a lot of noice but it is wonderful to watch them from Your Balcony
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