Ang Thong National Marine Park is a remarkable archipelago of 42 islands offering some of the most magnificent scenery in the Gulf of Thailand. Witness limestone massifs, tropical rainforest, gibbons, deserted beaches, sea caves, hidden lagoons, and mysterious Emerald Lake. No surprise, visiting the park is a must-do experience when holidaying in Koh Samui.
Ang Thong means ‘Golden Bowl’ in Thai, and you are certainly for some treat when exploring this massive archipelago that spans over 250 sq. km. It was made famous in the novel and movie The Beach with Leonardo Di Caprio, where one of the movie sets was taking place.
Koh Wua Talap is a definite highlight of the Ang Thong Marine Park. Witness the jaw-dropping scenery from one of its six viewpoints. Then head over to Koh Mae Ko that hides a beautiful Emerald Lake. Visit the monkey sanctuary on Koh Wao. Then voyage across Monkey and Hanuman islands towards Koh Phaluai. Here is a traditional Thai fishing village where you can mingle with curious kids and friendly
You will cruise across its evergreen forests that are home to oriental hornbills, longtailed monkeys, herons, pacific reef egrets, sea eagles, and fruit bats. Snorkel its many bays where vibrant corals and joyful schools of fishes reside alongside sea turtles and rare dolphins. Island hopping across this fascinating archipelago is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.
The best sea conditions for traveling Ang Thong Marine Park is during MarchSeptember. You will enjoy great snorkeling in calm and clear waters. It is advised to avoid visiting the park during December-February as the sea is rough and water is murky. Do note; the Ang Thong Marine Park is closed during November and up until December 21st.
Ang Thong National Marine Park is a perfect island-hopping destination not only for travelers staying on Koh Samui but also on Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. There is an
abundance of boat tours that you can join for a day trip to remember!
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