The islands near Koh Samui are hidden gems of Thailand, and its natural beauty is still well preserved, which is why the area is a designated national park. This archipelago of 42 islands is Ang Thong National Marine Park. This marine national park is in the Gulf of Thailand, Surat Thani Province, featuring pristine beaches, tall, mountains, thick jungles, magnificent waterfalls and of course, many activities for you to try. Read our guide to find out how you can make your trip to Ang Thong National Park one to remember!
Highlights In Ang Thong National Marine Park
There are heaps to do in Ang Thong National Park, from snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, diving, sightseeing, and simply relaxing. In Ang Thong there are 2 locations you must visit.
1. Ko Wua Ta Lap (Wua Ta Lap Island)
Can be said to be the most famous island among the 42 islands. Its white-sandy beaches are perfect for relaxing and basking in the sun. Ko Wua Ta Lap is where the national park’s office is located, with an exhibition about Ang Thong National Park, exhibiting amazing Bryde whale fossils. However, the real highlight is the viewpoint where you can see all 42 islands.
2. Emerald Lagoon
Also known as the “Inner Sea” on Koh Mae Ko Island. It is a large emerald lake in the middle of the island and is the most popular and stunning place on Koh Mae Ko Island.
How To Go To Ang Thong National Marine Park
The best way to go to Ang Thong National Park is by taking a ferry from Koh Samui or Koh Phangan.
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If private tours aren’t your thing, then there’s also the option to go on a join-in tour which is much more budget friendly! click the links below to find out more about them.
Itinerary Suggestion for 1 Day in Ang Thong National Marine Park Tour
After you’ve arrived at Ang Thong National Park, go kayaking and head to the first main attraction at Koh Mae Ko Island.
At Koh Mae Ko Island, you can hike up to visit the hidden gem of this place, the Emerald Lagoon.
The next spot is at Koh Wua Ta Lap where you can reach the best viewpoint to see all 42 islands surrounding you. You can also enjoy doing other activities like swimming and snorkeling.
Since Ang Thong is a national park, island hopping is limited. However, you will not regret coming here at all. You’ll find that this is what “Heaven on Earth” really is!
November to December is the monsoon season, meaning rough waves and high tides, so it is dangerous to go there during this time. Which is why annually, Ang Thong National Marine Park is closed during this period.
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