Similan Islands, Thailand
The eleven small Similan Islands lie about 50 miles offshore of Thailand’s Phang Nga province in the Andaman Sea. The constitute the Mu Ko Similan National Park and are world-renowned for their rapturous beauty. Crystal clear, candy-blue seas surround the islands, whose dazzling white beaches are topped by granite prominences eroded by glaciation and sea waves into streamlined sculptural forms. The seas are alive with a myriad of vividly colored fishes and rock and coral reefs make snorkeling here among the world’s most appealing. Some of the islands are strictly controlled preserves where no one is permitted to go ashore, but others can be visited. And altogether, they comprise a vision of the perfect tropical island paradise that will remain in your memory forever.