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Day trip to Ang Thong national marine park

One of the best and most popular day trips from Koh Samui is a visit to Ang Thong national marine park. This archipelago is a group of small islands which is home to some pretty beaches and amazing scenery. A visit is usually done by tour which can be booked by any tour operator on Koh Samui. Usually you get picked up by your hotel and then go on a boat. You then sail across the Gulf of Thailand which is an attractive boat ride as quickly you get to see the first karst hills rising out of the water.

The first stop is then Ko Mae Ko island. From here you can go up one of the hills to the viewing point. This is a pretty intensive climb as it is steep and very humid (read: exhausting). There are several viewing points along the way and the first one is easy to reach and provides a good view of the surrounding islands. If you make an effort there are two more viewing points. For the last one you really have to climb over the last few rocks, but are rewarded with an amazing view of the surrounding islands that make up Ang Thong park. Hiking boots are recommended as the terrain is too rough for flip-flops. Alternatively, you can just relax on the beach.

Often canoeing is included which you can do near the second stop which is Ko Maeo Ko. On this island there is also a viewing point, but much easier to reach. There are stairs along the path, although they can be quite steep. The view is not as good as on the other island, but still worth it. Follow the path and you will arrive at the lagoon Thale Nai which is a salt water lake in the middle of the island. After a short walk around the island it is possible to do some snorkeling in the clear water. It is nice, but snorkeling in the nearby island Koh Tao is difficult to outperform. Still, Ang Thong national marine park is almost a must visit when visiting Koh Samui and has some of the best scenery in Thailand. It is also an ideal combination of a short hike, see some nature and relax on the boat, beach and in the water. 


Ang Thong national marine park travel photo gallery

 
The gulf of Thailand.

The gulf of Thailand.

 
The Thai flag on the back of the boat.

The Thai flag on the back of the boat.

 
First sign of the Ang Thong islands.

First sign of the islands.







 
Rocks rising out of the water near Ang Thong.

Rocks rising out of the water.


Ang Thong national marine park.

Ang Thong national marine park.

 
The island  Ko Wua Ta Lap in Ang Thong national marine park.

The island Ko Wua Ta Lap.

 
The islands of Ang Thong.

The islands.

 
Small islands in the water.

Small islands in the water.

 
Ang Thong islands in the gulf of Thailand.

Ang Thong islands in the gulf of Thailand.

 



The beach of Ko Wua Ta Lap.

The beach of Ko Wua Ta Lap.

 



Hill on Ko Wua Ta Lap.

Hill.

 
Tropical beach.

Tropical beach.

 
Boat with tourists heading or Ko Wua Ta Lap.

Boat with tourists.

 
Scenery of Ko Wua Ta Lap.

Scenery of Ko Wua Ta Lap.

 
Ko Wua Ta Lap.

Ko Wua Ta Lap.

 
View between two of the many islands.

View between two of the many islands.

 
Close to the beach.

Close to the beach.

 
The beach of Ko Wua Ta Lap.

The beach of Ko Wua Ta Lap.

 
One of the islands of Ang Thong national marine park.

One of the islands.

 
Karst hill of Ko Wua Ta Lap.

Karst hill of Ko Wua Ta Lap.

 
Large tourist boat.

Large tourist boat.

 
The tropical island Ko Wua Ta Lap.

The tropical island Ko Wua Ta Lap.


Boats laying on the beach.

Boats laying on the beach.

 
View down from the first viewing point on Ko Wua Ta Lap.

View down from the first viewing point on Ko Wua Ta Lap.

 



Detailed look on the beach from the first viewing point.

Detailed look on the beach from the first viewing point.

 
The path up the viewing point of Ang Thong national marine park.

The path up the viewing point.

 



View over Ang Thong national marine park from the second viewing point.

View from the second viewing point.

 
Ang Thong national marine park seen from the highest viewing point.

Ang Thong national marine park seen from the highest viewing point.

 
Viewing point on Ko Wua Ta Lap.

Viewing point on Ko Wua Ta Lap.

 
Amazing view of the Ang Thong islands.

Amazing view of the Ang Thong islands.

 
View from the viewpoint on Ko Wua Ta Lap.

View from the viewpoint on Ko Wua Ta Lap.

 
Close up view of the Ang Thong islands.

Close up view.

 
The scenery of Ang Thong national marine park.

The scenery of Ang Thong national marine park.

 
Many islands of the marine park.

Many islands of the marine park.

 
Ang Thong national marine park, Thailand.

Ang Thong national marine park.

 
The beach of Ko Mae Ko.

The beach of Ko Mae Ko.

 
Close look of the beach of Ko Mae Ko.

Close look of the beach of Ko Mae Ko.

 



Karst hills rising out of the water of the gulf of Thailand.

Karst hills rising out of the water of the gulf of Thailand.

 



Tourist boat on a day trip from Koh Samui.

Tourist boat on a day trip from Koh Samui.

 
Tourist boat in the water.

Tourist boat.

 
Long tail boat taxiing between the islands.

Long tail boat taxiing between the islands.

 
The lagoon Thale Nai on Ko Mae Ko.

The lagoon Thale Nai on Ko Mae Ko.

 
The lagoon on Ko Maeo Ko.

The lagoon.

 
Ko Maeo Ko, Thailand.

Ko Maeo Ko.

 
The highest point on Ko Maeo Ko.

The highest point on Ko Maeo Ko.

 
Ko Maeo Ko in Ang Thong national marine park, Thailand.

Ko Maeo Ko.

 
The view from Ko Maeo Ko.

The view from Ko Maeo Ko.

 
The surrounding Ang Thong islands seen from Ko Maeo Ko.

The surrounding islands seen from Ko Maeo Ko.

 
The lagoon Thale Nai.

The lagoon Thale Nai.

 
View down the lagoon on Ko Maeo Ko.

View down the lagoon.

 
The salt lake on Ko Maeo Ko.

The salt lake on Ko Maeo Ko.

 
The lagoon.

The lagoon.

 
View close from the water on Ko Maeo Ko, Ang Thong national marine park.

View close from the water on Ko Maeo Ko.

 
The lagoon seen through some vegetation.

The lagoon seen through some vegetation.

 
The lagoon in Ang Thong national marine park.

The lagoon.

 
High peaks rising out of the water of the Gulf of Thailand.

High peaks rising out of the water.

 
The last view from Ang Thong national marine park.

The last view.



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