Similan islands. Pure paradise.
After spending several days in Phuket we've decided to visit Similan islands. We heard so much about his place and , believe me, it's really worth a visit!
“Similan” is a Yawi or Malay word, which means nine or a group of nine islands.These amazing uninhabited islands are located of the West coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea - and easily accessible from Phuket for a day trip.
Ready to go :)
But I would say getting there by speed boat was pretty tough. I never suffered of seasickness, but after an hour of jumping and bumping on waves even I felt not really good. Finally we've got there! And when you see this blue blue water and white sand you forget everything and you only think 'Wow'!
So here we are, landed at the first island.
Staying on the Similan Islands can be done 2 ways.I actually don't remember how many islands are open for visining, but in my opinion there are 2 islands for one day trip and 2 islands for staying in bungalows and tents.
Anyway we had only one day and 2 islands and it definitely wasn't enough!
And then we had a time for snorkeling in the sea,near by the reef where sea turtles used to live.But we didn't see them.But reef was pretty beautiful and full of colorful fishes though.Someone even saw an octopus, but it wasn't me lol
Then we landed at the second island that was even more beautiful than a first one!With its crystal clear water and powdery sand.
On this island you can find the famous Sailing Boat Rock. You can climb there for the amazing view
One word - FANTASTIC!
Phromthep Cape in Phuket
Promthep Cape is commonly known as Sunset Point, because of the spectacular sunset views.
Promthep Cape is located at the southern most point of Phuket between Rawai and Nai Harn beaches offering some of the best views of the coastline.
The view is breathtaking!
Phuket Botanic garden
The Phuket Botanic Garden is in the Chalong area of Phuket not far from Chalong Temple and covers a big area, bigger than I was expecting!
It is currently the only botanic garden in the south of Phuket and features plant species from throughout South East Asia and beyond.
Should I make a wish?
The highlight of the Phuket Botanic Garden is not necessarily the individual displays. It is the way that each display works as a part of the greater whole, making for a relaxing nature experience. My absolute favorite part being the various water features each filled with dozens if not hundreds of Koi goldfish. You can purchase a small bag of fish food for 20 baht.
Rice paddy and a bamboo house with an attached garden, meant to show how the farmers live.
You can stay under my umbrella...You can stay under my umbrella
A cactus garden
Bonsai tree garden
A rainforest garden which includes a waterfall. The entrance is along a walkway with lianas? (I really don't know what is it XD) hanging down in your face
Garden with lilies
There is also a butterfly garden. Well it was kinda dissapointing, I really expected more butterflies and I also thought they will be bigger. Oh well,but it wasn't so bad after all.
We also visited Tiger Kingdom...and..well.. I couldn't resist. I know there are constant concerns from environmentalists about the welfare of tigers in captivity in Thailand, but it seems none of Tiger Kingdom's tigers are drugged or tranquilised, and that chains and restraints are not used. The tiger on this photo played in the water pool with his brother before it was photoshoot's time, so it was pretty scary to go inside the cage (you see how scared I am!).I saw several tigers are playing with the volunteers. All they look healthy and well-fed. It's nice to know that tigers get care here.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where I'll tell about Dragon Temple and its monkeys, elephant trekking,Indian ocean, attack of the big red ants and Thai Christmas party.