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Koh Sirey (Sirey Island)

Just to the east of Phuket Town, just a few kilometers from the center, past the fishing port and the Rassada pier (from where you catch the ferry to Phi Phi), you cross a short bridge to Koh Sirey (or Koh Siray if you prefer). Every now and then, we "take a drive" in this direction. We like to take drives and over the years have explored just about every road in Phuket! As you cross the bridge to Koh Siray you'll see fishing boats in the narrow channel between Phuket and Sirey island.

Siray Island, Fishing Port

Koh Siray Fishing Boats

The channel and the surrounding land are full of mangroves where you can spot monkeys most of the time. A "monkey seeing" viewpoint was set up a few years ago. It's a bit dirty and there are better places to see monkeys in Phuket like Monkey Hill or Bang Rong.

Monkey on Road!

Sirey Island is only about 20 square kilometers, and you can drive all around the island in half an hour. Much of the island is hilly and there are lots of rubber plantations. Around the coast there used to be small fishing villages, but development is catching up! There are a number of villas being built and some very big seaview houses around the shoreline. This has only recently been noticed as prime real estate. The Westin Siray Bay hotel opened a few years ago and is the only big hotel in the area. Some of the coastal views and quiet roads are fantastic.

Road on Sirey Island

View from Koh Sirey temple

Sea Gypsy Village

There are still sea gypsies (Chao Ley) on the island, and you can visit their village at Laem Tukkae (see photo above - view over the village as seen from Koh Sirey temple). The village suffered some damage in the 2004 tsunami and some new houses were built for them nearby, but as far as I can see the old village is now back to normal and the new houses that were built look terrible. There is a certain amount of old traditional sea gypsy life here. But do also expect to see 20 stalls selling shells. The few photos of the village on this page were taken back in 2004. One of these days I need to go take some new photos!

Making Fish Traps

Sea Gypsy Village, Phuket

We go for drives around Koh Sirey now and then. The views can be very nice and we really like the temple on the hill which features a big reclining Buddha statue (see more here : Koh Sirey Temple). The area is very quiet. There are a couple of local seafront restaurants that offer great views along with decent, inexpensive food. We went to "Haad Pleum Suk" a couple of times. The food is decent, the beach there is clean and with views to the east across the sea to Koh Yao Yai. If you're staying in Phuket Town, it's only 15 minutes to drive on a bike over to Koh Sirey and well worth the effort. I think another drive is due soon!

Beach at Koh Sirey Island near Phuket

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Blogger Kelsi Chen :

Thanks for your great blog Jamie. I will take my first visit to Phuket this August. And I m interested with this Koh Sirey. I booked a hotel in Patong, how can I get to Koh Sirey? And how long will it take? My mom and sister cannot swim so we won't go for a trip to Phi Phi and Phang Ngang, but we get only 2 days to visit Phuket, what should we choose? Kathu for waterfalls or Phuket town? And if we get to Koh Sirey in the evening to see the great sunset there, are there any public transport to help us get back to Patong? Btw, thanks alot for your help, I'm Kelsi, 20 years old studying Medical

July 19, 2013  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

If you have ONLY 2 days, then Sirey is an odd choice :) Sure it's interesting, best if you have your own transport really or you need to get a taxi which I guess will be like 500 Baht from Patong and you will have to ask the driver to stay with you so make a deal for the day. Sirey is quite remote and quiet and it;s on the east coast so not a sunset place! And for waterfalls - Kathu has one, but I note on the blog that it's nothing too amazing. A really nice waterfall is just north of Phuket at Bang Pae Waterfall on the northeast coast of Phuket. You certainly can do a boat trip in Phang Nga Bay, you do not need to be able to swim... and i would recommend that for a day for sure!

July 20, 2013  

Blogger Kelsi Chen :

Thanks alot, I take your advice. You and your blog are really amazing. And your pictures of the old Phuket make me wanna go there. Should I take a trip there? and how far is it? And how long will it take to visit Old town, Kata, Karon, Wat Chalong, Promthep Cape? Can I visit all places in one day?

July 20, 2013  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

Hi Kelsi,

Yes the old town is nice! For sure you can visit the town, Chalong temple and Phromtep cape on the same day. Karon beach is just about 7km from Patong and you can pass by Karon and Kata between Patong and Chalong temple - I suggest you contact my friends at Easy Day Thailand about arranging a day tour to as many places as possible :)

July 21, 2013  

Blogger Kelsi Chen :

Hi Jamie, you're very nice. I will take your advice.

July 21, 2013