Angthong Marine Park
Angthong Marine National Park consist of 42 islands. Some large and some small and is situated approximately 30km northwest of Koh Samui island, in the Gulf of Thailand. The National Marine Park covers a total area of almost 250 sq km from which only 50sq km are islands.
Most of the parks lime stone islands have steep coasts, bizarre rock formations as well as overhanging cliffs. Some islands of Angthong have caves and tunnels which can be explored by kayak. Tours and excursions to the Marine Park are operated almost all year. In the rain season around November the Park has been known to close for a month and tours may not be able to operate.
Islands of Ang Thong Marine Park vary in size and shape and are mostly covered with tropical forests and generally uninhabited.
- Swimming costume/shorts
- Beach Towel
- Camera/Video Camera
National Park near Samui
The Park‘s headquarters sits on the island of Koh Wua Talap (Island of the sleeping cow). Koh Wua Talap is the only island within Angthong where guests and travelers can rent tents for overnight camping. Very basic basic bungalows can be booked to stay at the marine park for a night or two.
To get to the island‘s famous viewpoint on top of the mountain is quite a hike. Hiking up a steep hill to the Viewpoint takes about 30-45 minutes (don’t forget to take plenty of drinking water with you). The beaches at Koh Wua Talap are white, fine sanded and invite for a swim in a relaxed and unspoiled bay. The small restaurant on the main island (Ko Wua Talap) offers tasty, inexpensive, local Thai food until 10pm, to its visitors.
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The “Green Lagoon” is connected to the sea by underground tunnels. Climbing up some further steps to the viewpoint on top of Ko Mae Ko another platform has been built. From here you have a spectacular view over the eastern part of the park.
Conditions for snorkeling, reaching from 5m to 15m, are strongly dependent on wind and wave conditions as well as on currents. Best area within Angthong Marine Park is also at the are of Ko Tai Plao. Koh Tai Plao is located north of Angthong National Park. Outside the park, a little further north at the islands of Koh Wao conditions for snorkeling are generally better than in the park.
Day tours operated by speedboat may use this location for snorkeling. The islands of Angthong Park offer dozens of mostly deserted beaches inviting for relaxation and sunbathing away from the crowds.