Surin Islands, Thailand
The Surin island are an archipelago of five islands of the Andaman Sea, located 55 km from the Thai mainland. The Mu Ko Surin National Park covers the area of the islands and their surrounding waters. The park is home to one of the most famous dive sites in the world, Richelieu Rock. In addition the islands feature pristine reefs, making it home to some of the best snorkeling in Thailand.
The five islands are Ko Surin Nuea, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ri, Ko Kai and Ko Klang, with Ko Surin Nuea and Ko Surin Tai being the two main islands in the group. The best diving is said to be found in the channel between the two main islands, North Surin island and South Surin island.
Things to See & Do
* Diving & snorkeling
* Richelieu Rock – dive site
* Marine life
* Turtle watching
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Baht (THB)
Language – Thai
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code – +66
Travel Links – Access to the Surin Islands Marine National Park is easiest from either Khao Lak, Khura Buri or Koh Phra Thong in mainland Phang Nga Province. Travel to the Surin Islands is only safe from November to May. The park is closed in the other months. The mainland office of the park is in Ngan Yong, just north of Khura Buri. Dive operators in Khao Lak offer live-aboard diving trips and day trips via speedboat.