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Koh Miang Review
Koh Miang, where the park headquarters is located, has bungalows with 24-hour electricity and even some with air-conditioning; some bungalows have ocean views as well. Beachside camping is also available on Koh Miang (the park rents out roomy tents, large enough to stand in, which have two camping cots). Koh Similan has no bungalows, but has the same large tents for rent as well as an area for visitors to set up their own tents. If you choose to visit the island to stay at the park, expect to pay B2000 to B2,500 for a round-trip boat transfer. Once on the island, you can hire a longtail boat to explore the other islands. The park is extremely popular with Thais, so book well in advance if you're planning a visit during a Thai holiday. The islands are more enjoyable, and more explorable, if visited midweek. The park entrance fee is B200 per visit. Note that the islands are normally closed to visitors from mid-May until early November.
Jack's Similan. Tour groups, such as Jack's Similan, have their own smaller tents set up in this area and rent them out for the same fee charged by the national park. There are also overnight packages, which include tours of the islands, camping, and food. 79/36 Moo 5 Tab-lamu. 076/443205. www.jacksimilan.com.
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