Thap Lamu pier Khao Lak
The Khao Lak pier for boats to the Similan Islands
Thap Lamu pier is the main pier for boats going to the Similan Islands. It is not the only pier near Khao Lak but it is the one that most liveaboard dive boats, day trip dive boats and snorkeling speedboats to the Similan Islands depart from.
Thap Lamu pier is sometimes spelled Tap Lamu or Tup Lamu. Sometimes it’s spelled as two words and sometimes it’s spelled as one word like Thaplamu or Tublamu.
Sometimes Thap Lamu pier is referred to as Tublamu Navy pier, or the Similan Islands pier, or Khao Lak pier.
These are all the same place. In Thai it’s ท่าเรือทับละมุ
Thap Lamu is in the Thai Muang district of Phang Nga province. The location is about 15 minutes drive south of Khao Lak, about 70 minutes drive north of Phuket airport, about 2 hours drive north of Patong beach. From Krabi it’s 3-4 hours drive.
Directions to Thap Lamu pier
Turn off the Phetkasem road (number 4 highway) onto the 4147.
If you are driving up from Phuket it’s signposted Koh Tachai-Mu Koh Similan. Smaller signs also point to Phang Nga naval base and Ban Thap Lamu. There is a PTT gas station just before the turn off.
Follow the road for about 3 km to the end. Past the Mu Ko Similan National Park Office, past the navy golf course.
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Facilities at Thap Lamu pier Khao Lak
There is a 7 Eleven and a couple of other local convenience stores selling drinks and snacks. There is also a small cafe.
There is a marine conservation centre called the The Chulabhorn Underwater Park Conservation Centre which has some small displays and a kiosk selling souvenirs.
There is a Bangkok Bank ATM but it’s often out of money, we recommend withdrawing any cash that you need before you arrive.
There is a car park at Thap Lamu pier.
In general Thap Lamu is a place to pass through. It’s a working fishing and naval pier with nothing much to hang around for.
If you need a taxi from Thap Lamu pier you should arrange it in advance.
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