Angthong National Marine Park Activities in Koh Samui

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 Angthong National Marine Park Activities in Koh Samui is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, fertile mangroves, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes to explore.

Within sight of Koh Samui, Ang Thong park is a protected area of more than 100 sqkm of land and sea, and home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures.

Angthong National Marine Park Activities in Koh Samui

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Snorkelling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, sailing and simply relaxing on one of its idyllic beaches are the main activities to enjoy on Ang Thong.

Most Ang Thong visitors arrive on a join-in day trip or by boat charter from Koh Samui or Koh Pha Ngan.

Angthong National Marine Park Activities in Koh Samui

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For those who wish to stay overnight, there are simple bungalows and camping tents available for rent at the Park Headquarters on Koh Wua Talab, where a simple restaurant is found as well.

Though the park has started to get busy with day-trippers in the peak season, the Ang Thong islands remain the postcard-perfect image of a tropical paradise.

Ang Thong Marine National Park, established in 1980, covers an area of more than 80% of the entire archipelago.

Angthong National Marine Park Activities in Koh Samui

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Its national park status has ensured that development has been minimal and only licensed tour operators are allowed entry into the park.

Ang Thong gained widespread renown when it appeared in the novel ‘The Beach’ by Alex Garland, as the destination where backpackers in search of a secret island utopia set up camp.

The subsequent movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio was actually filmed on Koh Phi Phi, but by then Ang Thong was firmly in the imagination of many as an appealing holiday escape.

Only one of its islands, Koh Paluay, is inhabited, home to a sea-gypsy community that largely maintains its traditional fishing lifestyle.

Angthong National Marine Park Activities in Koh Samui

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Ang Thong has some of the most unusual and spectacular scenery in all of Thailand.

Its steep limestone cliffs, some rising as high as 400 metres, have been formed into wondrous shapes by centuries of erosion.
This ‘Golden Basin’, as ‘Ang Thong’ translates into, features four distinct types of forest, all teeming with wildlife.

Some of the creatures to be spotted here are langurs (long-tailed monkeys), little herons, hair-nosed otters, pacific reef egrets, white-bellied sea eagles, sea turtles, iguanas and pythons. In the surrounding sea many colourful fish can be seen, offering some decent snorkelling and diving sights.

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With 42 islands to discover, a complete tour of Ang Thong would take weeks, but most with limited amount of time find their way to Koh Mae (Mother Island), which has a stunning beach and an inland saltwater lagoon called Emerald Lake (Thale Nai).

A popular climb up pathways and a wooden staircase takes you to the peak of a nearby mountain where you get the full view of this glittering sea-green body of water.

Koh Sam Sao (Tripod Island) features a coral reef, a large and dramatic rock arch and some great hiking grounds.

Angthong National Marine Park Activities in Koh Samui

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As a national park, only government-approved tour boats may enter Ang Thong, which may be booked on Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan or Koh Tao.

Sailing live-aboard cruise trips and speedboat charters may also be organised.
Most tours stop at a few different locations and combine a day of hiking, sightseeing, kayaking and lounging on the beaches.

Some of the hikes require a good level of fitness, so be sure to check with your guide or agent about the degree of difficulty before setting off!

Angthong National Marine Park Activities in Koh Samui

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Ang Thong is 28 kilometres from Samui and 32 kilometres from Pha Ngan.
There are numerous speed boat companies running daily trip from Koh Phangan and Koh Samui as well as slow boats.

From all of them we recommend SAFARI BOAT! They are based at Phangan Island and they have a new office at Koh Samui Island (Bangrak, close to Seatran pier) and departs by luxury speed boat  daily to Angthong National Marine Park from Thongsala pier and Bangrak pier.

Best deal you can get!
Speed boats are preferred as they are more safe, fast, comfortable and convenience than slow boats.

Angthong National Marine Park Activities in Koh Samui

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Travel time by speed boat from Koh Phangan to Marine Park usually takes only 45 minutes, by slow boat 2-3 hours, so with slow boats you loosing a lot of time to travel, as well slow boat can’t stop at shallow waters so every time you will need to get a long tail boat to transfer you to the beach.

Enjoy speedboat rides in Angthong Marine Park  aboard the Safari Boat Speedboat – the fastest boat in Koh Phangan.Seats are limited so book early!

Angthong National Marine Park Activities in Koh Samui

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Please note: Since February 1st 2015 entrance fee to the Angthong National Park is 300 THB for foreigner adult, 150 THB for foreigner child, and 40 THB for Thai nationals.

The best time to visit Ang Thong Marine National Park is March to October when the seas are calmer.
The park is sometimes closed due to inclement weather in the months of November through January.

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Sources: angthongmarinepark.com, kohsamuisunset.com, kohsamui.com,

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