Surin Islands - Koh Surin - Thailand
Koh Surin National Marine Park rates as one of Thailand's prime island locations. The two main islands Koh Surin Nua (North Surin Island) and Koh Surin Tai (South Surin Island) form the bulk of the land mass. The other 3 satellite islands both enhance the overground vistas and provide supplementary fringing reef.
Surin Archepelago - Marine Park
The entire Surin archepelago covers a region greater than 320 km² and includes the picturesque islands of Koh Tachai and Koh Bon. Also, Richelieu Rock lies within the borders of the Surin National Park. These 3 areas in particular offer, undoubtedly, the most spectacular scuba diving in Thailand as this is where the large pelagic favourites, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, are often sighted.
The Marine Park headquarters are situated on the North island. They are tastefully designed, blending with the surroundings. Thankfully the National Park has not pushed the development of the island too far. Most of the accommodation is in the form of tents, although there are also a few bungalows that are for rent. Many visitors choose to stay for 3 days or more so that they can fully enjoy the natural delights found here.
Surin Islands Inhabitants
On the South island there remains a small village of Moken, also known as Chao Ley or Sea Gypsies. These are a fascinating people who live harmoniously with their marine surroundings. They often live and work from their "kabang", traditional boats crafted from a single piece of wood.