Ang Thong National Marine Park – A must visit on a trip to Koh Samui


A stunning archipelago of about 42 mini Islands, Ang Thong National Marine Park is a pride of Koh Samui. Lush tropical rainforests, tranquil beaches, limestone peaks, wildlife and countless other attractions make this a must visit for those who love to explore the sheer beauty of nature. There is absolutely no shortage of water adventure here, you can simply choose from the many options like snorkelling, kayaking, speed boating and many more. Because of its breathtaking views and great diversity of flora and fauna, Ang Thong National Marine Park is one of the best national parks in Thailand that holiday makers don’t want to miss.

The literal meaning of Ang Thong is ‘Golden Bowl’. Well, the fascinating cliffs and formations of rock, beautiful lagoons, bright sandy beaches and many other charms certainly make the park live up to its name. No two mini islands of this park are identical and almost all of them look clothed with tropical forests. These islands are also named according to their unique appearance like the Three Pillars Island, the Sleeping Cow Island and many more. There are many vantage points from where you can see the breathtaking views of the entire area. One of the best beaches to visit here is Koh Mae, a charming beach that is bejewelled with lush greenery and turquoise blue sea. Watch the jaw dropping views of nature while you are relaxing in the lap of serenity; it is a perfect place to unwind for the jaded travellers. There is also a green lagoon nearby called Thale Nai, a truly hidden lake of this place and a must watch.

The Park has a wide variety of rich wildlife. The prime attractions to look for are the Asian long tailed monkey, the Ashy Drongos (a species of bird), Pacific Reef Egrets and Green turtles. There are many other wildlife creatures that can be found in this park as it gives shelter to more than 50 species of birds alone. Silver haired bats, oriental pied hornbills can easily be found here, and if you are lucky, the great whales might give you a glimpse. Private Speed Boat day tours are also available for those who wish to tour the place in a luxurious way.