Angthong National Park
Angthong National Park is located 20 km west of Koh Samui. It’s a group of 40 islands. Some destination islands include Koh Wua Ta Lap, Koh Mae Koh, Koh Prayat, Koh Sam Sao, Koh Nai Put and h Wua Te. Most islands comprise limestone masses reaching heights of up to 400 meters, and fringed by beaches and rain forest.
An emerald saltwater lake known as Tha-le Nai (Inland Sea) on Koh Mae Koh is the park’s major scenic attraction, and entails a mildly strenuous climb. The resultant views are well worth the effort. Another popular venue is Koh Sam Sao where an extensive span of coral reef and a huge rock arch offer scenic fascination.
Details: The park office is on Koh Wua Ta Lap where bungalow-style accommodation is available. Visitors wishing to stay overnight should make advance bookings and specify whether meal services are required, either through the Ang Thong Marine National Park office.
Address: Ang Thong Marine National Park office, 145/1 Talatlang Road, Surat Thani.
Tel: 66 7728 6025 or 66 7742 0225.
How to get there: There are boat operators that will take you from Samui to Angthong National Park. Lomprayah (www.lomprayah.com) and Highseatour (www.highseatour.com ) are famous boat operators in the area.