|Altitude ( m):||600-2100|
|# Excl Vagrants:||289|
|# Near Endemics:||0|
|Habitat: Open pine forest, montane evergreen forest|
ABOUT THE BIRDING
The Similan Islands are mainly of interest to birders as the only likely place to see Nicobar Pigeon. The pigeons are most easily seen on Ko Miang Island, which is also the place where one can stay overnight in tent camps. Also of interest are White-bellied Sea-Eagle, which can be seen anywhere in the park, and Pied Imperial-Pigeon, which are quite numerous on Ko Miang. There are a few trails on Ko Miang that can be worthwhile. Birds along the trails include White-breasted Waterhen, Green Imperial-Pigeon, Korean Flycatcher, Olive-backed Sunbird, and Forest Wagtail. Had Lek near Had Yai campsite is the best place to see Pied Imperial-Pigeon. Also present are Pacific Reef-Heron and Collared Kingfisher. This beach is also excellent for snorkeling. The coral reefs are quite impressive and sea turtles are common. Equipment can be rented on the island.
LOCATION OF SITE
The Similan Islands Marine National Park is reached by boat from the village of Thap Lamu in peninsular Thailand. The boat trip is about 1½ hours each way. Thap Lamu is located near the town of Khao Lak, which is about a 10-hour drive from Bangkok.