The Surin Islands are the northernmost archipelago on Thailand’s west coast and are located about 55 km off the mainland an Kura Buri. They consist of five islands, the two large main islands offer approximately 90% of the land mass, beaches and reefs.
On Surin South (Ko Surin Tai) live about 80 families of the indigenous Moken, a tribe of sea nomads which used to travel the islands on the Andaman Sea between Myanmar and Malaysia. They are now settled in various reserves of these countries. Like the Similans, the Surins consist of sedimented granite blocks, but, in contrast to its southern neighbors, offer almost five times as much land surface, beaches and snorkeling reefs. Its location, about 40 Km north of the Similan Islands, attract fewer visitors. The travel destination from Phuket and Khao Lak to the Surins is more expensive than to the Similan Islands. With proportionately much less traffic to a lot more space, the flora and fauna in the Mu Koh Surin National Park is in far better shape than in the famous Similan Islands. It is not uncommon in the Surins to see whale sharks, fascinating manta rays, eagle rays, juvenile sharks and sometimes even pods of dolphins.