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Koh Surin Islands

Marine National Park

The Surin Islands (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะสุรินทร์) are five islands located 55 km from the Thai mainland named Koh Surin Nua, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Ri, Koh Kai and Koh Klang. The two main islands in the group are Koh Surin Nua and Koh Surin Tai.

The inhabitants belong to a special kind of sea gypsies which refer to themselves as Moken (Thai:ชาวน้ำ also spelled Mawken or Morgan), an Austronesian ethnic group with about 2,000 to 3,000 members who maintain a nomadic, sea-based culture and inhabit the coast and islands in the Andaman Sea on the west coast of Thailand. They speak their own language which belongs to the Austronesian language family.

Access to the Surin Islands Marine National Park is easiest from Phang Nga Province. Travel to the Surin Islands is only safe from November to May.

 

 

Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park
Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park
Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park
Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park Koh Surin Marine National Park
         

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