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Written by Krishna Teja on June 14, 2020 Share on

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park: A secret getaway in Thailand

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park truly is the tropical heaven that you imagined with lovely vistas and landscape, much-untamed life and marine life and white-sand beaches, this national park lets you experience nature and its magnificence. This destination demands you to be somewhat dynamic with its various and steep climbing trails, kayaking, swimming, and diving. 

Ang Thong National Marine Park is a whole archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It highlights transcending limestone mountains, thick wilderness, white-sand shores, cascades and shrouded inlets and lakes to investigate. The ensured territory of more than 100 sq km of land and ocean has a rich biodiversity. Swimming, climbing, ocean kayaking, jumping, and unwinding are the fundamental exercises to appreciate at Ang Thong.

Most Ang Thong guests show up for a day trip or by boat ride from Koh Samui or Koh Phangan. For the people who wish to stay, for the time being, there are basic cottages and outdoors tents accessible on Koh Wua Ta Lap. The Park Headquarters also has a restaurant. Indeed, even with its expanding prominence, the islands have kept up their image postcard offer.

The National Park is a marine national park situated in the Gulf of Thailand at the shore of Surat Thani Province. It comprises 42 islands that spread in a total of 18 km out of the total 102 km which is the all-out region of the park, it was built upon 12 November 1980 and is enrolled as a Ramsar site by the Ramsar Convention and henceforth is perceived as a significant wetland. 

Verdure In Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park 

Beach side view of Ang Thong National Park
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A part of the vegetation includes Barrington fusiformis, Calophyllum inophyllum, Thespesia populnea, Dracaena Loureiro, Morinda, Thong Lady’s Slipper Orchid which is an animal type just found in this park. Fauna in these islands is, to some degree, restricted to 50 kinds of birds, 14 reptiles, 16 wild animals, and 5 land and water species. These animals are, for example, ocean turtles and pythons.

When To Visit Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park 

The Ang Thong National Park has strong breezes and rains during November and December; thus, it is shut during these months. The oceans are quiet and the climate hot and impeccable among February and October, which would be a perfect time for a little while to the park.

Reaching Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park 

Boat ride to Ang Thong National Park
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You can book a visit through the boat from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao, Park officers, control the entrance to the parks. It costs INR 1000/ – per individual (non-Thai guest). You can go to the park either on a ship or rent a speedboat carrying 30 people, which is quicker, however, more costly. Continuously make sure to book your visits through a trusted agent.

Where To Stay at Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park 

You can book and make game plans at the base camp at Ko Wua Ta Lap, there are hotels in the nearby islands Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Dara Samui Beach Resort and Villa, situated in Koh Samui, is justly awesome. It gives an awesome stay, Samui Natien Resort is also located in Koh Samui and gives you a good experience and is somewhat less expensive, Lotus Friendly Hotel in Koh Samui is moderate yet, also, an ideal place for relaxing. 

Things to do In Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park 

 A walk inside Ang Thong National Park
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Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park has different boat trips that take you around the park for touring, exploring caverns and many more activities. 

1. Wua Ta Lap: Check out the view 

This view is one of the well-known attractions of the park, it takes around 30 minutes to trek this 500m steep path, yet the view from the top is entirely astonishing as you get an all-encompassing view on the national park. Wear appropriate trekking shoes and comfortable attire.

2. Water sports

There are various ways to take a boat and kayak through alongside shores that you can do diving and see the coral and marine life. There are beaches where you can unwind and swim too. Kayaking, Boating, Scuba diving are popular among the best water sport activities here.

3. Ko Mae Ko: Take a visit 

This island otherwise called the mother island is the place the renowned emerald later is found and where the film “The Beach” by Alex Garland was shot, the lake itself is surrounded with limestone bluffs and with the ocean through submerged caverns, there are also kayaking and swimming spots.

4. Ko Sam Sao: Go outdoors 

Outdoor activities in Ang Thong National Park
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This island has a few beaches, coral reefs, and even outdoor areas where you can set up a shelter and camp, tents can be rented from the home office on Ko Wua Ta Lap. This island also has a natural stone bridge that bends out into the ocean and some hiking grounds. 

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park is enthusiastically suggested for families that need a touch of experience and need to encounter nature’s magnificence. Ensure you stay for a couple of days at the places close to the national park that offers world-class cordiality, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg! We guarantee you that you’re in for a great vacation to Thailand with Pickyourtrail.

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