The Similan Islands are uninhabited except for some rangers that work year-round and the park staff during high season. However - the government of Thailand has built some bungalows that are available for rent per night. That is Great news.
Sadly – they made the process extremely difficult and hard to complete. Please try for your self:
As there are very few people who can get to a bank in Thailand and pay this reservation system directly, many a tourists has found the process maddening and avoided staying there all together. However, we can help! We live and work in Khao Lak and the park headquarters is only 10 minutes away. When you contact us, we will actually go in person, pay the booking and get the receipt. In addition – you may pay us online via credit card or paypal. Yes, we do charge a fee for these services.
To make matters even more difficult, any given reservation must be fully paid in 72 hours or it is deleted. This is not our policy – it is the rules laid out by the national park (read at the bottom of their booking form, link above). So please do not feel that we are trying to apply pressure – but when you contact us about these bookings, we can only reserve the rooms for 72 hours AND we must pay before that time. In case you do pay us the amount and we are not able to complete the payment in time (weather, delays in Paypal approving payment, etc) we will refund the full amount. IF there is no booking – we do not take payment!
Currently there are 20 bungalows available for rent. There are all located on Island #4. They do feature air-conditioning and attached bathrooms. Most have a view of Princess bay. They are simple and clean, they are owned and operated by the government. This does not mean they have many extra amenities. In truth, if they were on the mainland, you would think the price is a bit high. But if you want a nice place to stay on the Islands, this is it! They cost is 2000 Baht per night and reservations are recommended at all times.