Surin Islands is an archipelago consisting of five islands in Andaman Sea, 60 km (37 ml) from Thai mainland. Administratively, these islands belong to Tambon Ko Phra Thong, Amphoe Khura Buri (Phang Nga Province, Thailand).
Mu Ko Surin National Park comprises the isles and their surrounding waters. It covers an area of 141.25 km2 (54.54 ml2). Of the protected area, 108 km2 (42 ml2), or 80%, is ocean. Mu Ko Surin National Park was gazetted as Thailand's 29th national park on July 9, 1981. The park is closed every year during rainy season, May 1-October 31.
The five islands include Ko Surin Tai, Ko Surin Nuea, Ko Kai, Ko Klang and Ko Ri, with Ko Surin Tai and Ko Surin Nuea being the main islands of the group. Thai-Burmese oceanic border lies a few miles north of the park. Burma's southernmost point, Christie Island, lies 18 km (11 ml) to the north of Ko Surin Nuea. Mu Ko Similan National Park is 100 km (62 ml) to the south.
A rock in the middle of the sea, named Richelieu Rock, about 10 km (6.2 ml) southwest of Ko Surin, is referred to as one of the world's 10 best dive spots. Named after Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu (1852-1932), the first and only foreign chief commander of the Thai Navy, this remote rock is home to some of the biggest marine life species found in Thailand. Other famous dive sites include Ko Torinla, Ko Chi and Hin Kong.
Surin Islands host a couple of small communities of the ethnic Moken minority, known as "sea gypsies" or "chao lay". The Moken population of Surin Island averages about 150 persons.
Most area of the park is covered primary with rain forest. Beach forest is found in beach areas where Cerbera odollam and Barringtonia abound. Mangrove forest is found in the brackish water of Mae Yai Bay.
Highlights: National Park
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