Day 7 was exhausting, but very worth the time it took to travel to the Similan Islands. Absolutely breath taking, to see such a beautiful place was spectacular. In my mind, I visualise Thailand like this, crystal blue sea, sparkling white sand, palm trees, clear blue sky and hot sunshine. Yes, today was a very memorable day on our Terrific Thailand 2015 tour and the experience will stay with me forever.We started our day early and had a 2 hour drive on to the mainland of Thailand. Once we were at the port, it was then another 2 hour speed boat ride to the Islands. Over this time, it was hot and I felt drained by the travel and the time it took to get there......but I have to say, it was all very much worth it.
There are several island tours you can do from Phuket. On our first visit, we went to the Phi Phi Islands. It seems now though that these islands are over run with tourists and the natural environment there is becoming almost 'spoiled'. At Phi Phi Islands, the water is getting polluted with rubbish and the place is jam packed with speed boats as far as the eye can see. There are too many people there at once and you can't get a feel for the place.
But here, at the Similan Islands, it is another story. Tourists are deterred from going here as it takes so long to get there from Phuket. The travelling time is long and a bit uncomfortable, but would you take a look at what you can see and experience when you get there!The Similan Islands are stunning. As I write this series, I am running out of adjectives to describe this place, for so many things about it just 'blows me away'. It is like no other, tranquil, serene, relaxing and truly beautiful. I have always lived on the bay in Melbourne, spending hours on the beach as a child and as I was growing up. Now, as an adult, not much has changed, I love the beach. So you can imagine my absolute delight to feast my eyes on this! I love Melbourne, it is my home, but there is no comparison to this!
The sand was powdery soft, the sea clean and blue. The water was cool, not cold and it was sheer bliss. It was a hot day, around 37 degrees, the sun was beating down on us, it was quiet and peaceful. I loved the feeling of the salt water on my skin and to feel so very warm, soaking up the sunshine.
The beach was wide and fresh. It is a 'must see' if you travel to Thailand. Absolute heaven!
I am in awe of this place. I am in awe of its natural beauty, picture perfect beach and atmosphere. I am relaxed, I am stunned by its tranquillity and so glad that we have made this journey.
As part of the island tour, on the way, the boat stops for some snorkeling. My husband loves to do this and had no hesitation in jumping into the sea. The boat stops before you arrive at the second island for a good look at the marine life under the water.
Many people took advantage of this opportunity to experience another aspect of the wonders of this Island tour. My husband spent the whole time gazing beneath him at the fish and coral below. He said that he saw lots of brightly coloured fish and the coral was spectacular. The water is so clear and clean so it was easy to see so much beneath him.
We stopped for the snorkeling close to another smaller island. Here is a view of it from the boat. Many of these smaller islands are protected and no one can go on to them. They were beautiful, with gorgeous beaches, lush vegetation and amazing rock formations. I was glad that these islands were untouched for they were so special.You can see here the large, smooth rocks along the edge of this smaller island. They are a good place for much marine life to live. It was the perfect spot for snorkeling. Snorkeling is usually always offered on the island tours from Phuket and I highly recommend it if you like the water.
After about 30 minutes in the water, it was time to move on. Here is my husband getting back on to the boat, with a smile from ear to ear, having thoroughly enjoyed his snorkeling in this magical sea.
On the Similan Island tour, you travel to 2 islands. Here is the second island.......what can I say that hasn't already been said? Absolutely stunning. I am sitting on the sand here after swimming in that baby blue water, feeling the hot sun and being totally mesmerised by this view.When I took this photo, I was trying to capture the natural beauty of these beaches. You can see that the sand is crisp and fresh and doesn't the water look oh so inviting? You can see the speed boats in the water also that operate the tours. They are fun to travel on too.
So I've travelled over 4000 kms from my home to Phuket and have also completed a gruelling 4 hours travel to visit the Similan Islands. I've had a swim, I've got sand between my toes, I've got my Thai sarong wrapped around me, I'm all warm and toasty from the sun.........and I am happy, very happy.
Lunch was also provided on this tour. Here is a view of the beach from further up on the island, in amongst the trees. Even there, it was beautiful, the trees providing lots of shade and relief from the heat of the sun. I really loved to see the different trees and plants from those in Australia. I loved the islands and all of their treasures. It was a magic day.
We couldn't go to Thailand without seeing some of its islands. If you travel there, be sure to do this as you will not forget or regret it! We had been here for exactly one week and had already taken in so much of the essence of Thailand. The sights, the sounds, the people, the food, the culture, the climate, the views, the natural environment, the hustle and bustle of the city.......we had it all........ and we still had 4 days to go before we would head home! It was a whirlwind of a trip and we were loving it.
Join me again soon when I wrap up the last few days of our Terrific Thailand - 2015 tour :) xxx