Useful guides when traveling to Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
Ko Ang Thong National Park is an archipelago located about 2 hours away from Koh Samui. It has small and large 42 islands, from the limestone one to the islands with white sandy beaches. If you are planning your upcoming trip to Thailand, Ko Ang Thong National Park is the place for you.
General information of Ko Ang Thong National Park
Thanks to the diversity of marine creatures of the island, people named it Ang Thong (means the “Golden Bowl” in Thai). Coming to Ang Thong, you will be overwhelmed by the colorful fish. Besides, the island ecosystem also contributes to the name “Ang Thong”. The dense forests are home to many different animals such as mascara monkeys, iguanas (a special lizard species) and python snakes.
Ang Thong National Park
For centuries, Ko Ang Thong National Park was a pirate’s paradise. Dozens of islands, dense forests and vertical steep caves have created a perfect base for them. Later, the Thai navy seized the islands and built bases there. Since the 80s, Ang Thong National Park has become a protected nature reserve by the government with over 100 square kilometers covered by forests and the sea. This is the second largest natural park in Thailand.
The highlights of Ang Thong National Park
Koh Mae – An exotic turquoise lake
One of Ang Thong’s most prominent islands is Koh Mae, also known as “Mother of the islands”. At first glance, this paradise island is the same other ones except for the blue lake Talay Nai. It is also called “the Blue Lagoon” since it appeared in the movie “The Beach”. This is a spectacular turquoise lake surrounded by steep limestone rocks. To see this “hidden pearl”, you have to climb up more hundred steps and you will find it worth visiting.
If you want to explore the island more, you can take some tours providing kayaking. Because kayaks are smaller than boats, it is easier to slip through rocks and visit small caves.
Koh Wua Talap
Koh Wua Talap
Koh Wua Talap is the most famous island here. From the top of Koh Wua Talap, tourists can see the panoramic view of the island. However, it’s not easy to reach the top. Because of the cliffs, visitors can only cling to a rope to move.
At the height of 100 meters, you might be “breathless” by the landscape here. The higher it is, the more majestic the landscape is. Do not give up even though the climb is difficult. At the top of the mountain, you will enjoy the spectacular scenery, the green islands far away, the blue water and the sound of the monkeys.
Back to the beach, the cool blue water will be the perfect opportunity for you to fully recover from a difficult climb. This is also a great time to put on a diving suit and explore the diverse underwater ecosystem. You will see the colorful fish in all sizes and types.
What to do in Ang Thong
Take a walk around Emerald Lake
To enjoy the scenery at Emerald Lake, you must climb a few steps to the observatory. You cannot swim in the pool or stand too close. Because the path is quite steep, you should wear shoes and gear for climbing. It may struggle for children.
The stunning view of Ang Thong National Park
Swimming and snorkeling
Back to the beach, you will have time to enjoy on the deserted island, go swimming or diving. Some places offer kayak rentals – the only way to explore some nearby caves.
Watch wild animals
Bring your binoculars! You will have the opportunity to see 16 types of mammals found throughout the island.
The distance from Koh Samui to Ang Thong is short, so you can come here by bus for a day trip.
Overnight at Ang Thong is also a great option. You can rent a bungalow or set up a camping tent. You can also find some motels and restaurants on the island of Koh Wua Talap – where the park’s headquarters is located.
The best time to visit Ang Thong National Park
Although Ang Thong has been a national park since 1980, until its name was mentioned in the movie The Beach, many people knew about this place. The film was filmed in Koh Phi Phi and Ang Thong, which made these two places famous, making tourists visit more and more.
The best time to visit Ang Thong is from March to October – the quietest time here.
Due to the breathtaking scenery and the diverse biosystem, Ang Thong National Park in Thailand is the ideal destination to spend your upcoming trip. Hope that our informatioin would make your traveling easier. If you concern more about Asia Package Tours, please visit our website. Share this article with others if you find it useful. Thank you!