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Ang Thong National Marine Park

Ang Thong National Marine Park

278 Reviews
Th Chonwithi, Na Thon, 84140

The Basics

Ang Thong National Park is a popular destination for Thailand visitors seeking a little adventure and a lot of nature. Tropical and dry evergreen forests of the interior area house oriental pied hornbills, little herons, crab-eating monkeys, and bats. In the shallow waters, sometimes you can find dolphins, whales, and otters. It’s said that the park inspired the backpacker utopia of Alex Garland’sThe Beach.

Most travelers experience Ang Thong on single-day guided tours from Koh Samui or Koh Phangan to Wua Talap Island and its famous Emerald Lake. These guided tours are the way to go, and most day trips include lunch, snorkeling gear, park admission fees, and hotel transfers. Tour boats are often multi-story, open-air, 40- to 50-person crafts, but small private speedboats or luxury yachts are also available. If you wanting to see what’s under the surface, opt for snorkeling, sea kayaking, or scuba diving tours.

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Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong National Marine Park from Koh Samui
Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong National Marine Park from Koh Samui
$83.93 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Incredibly breathtaking
Blue Star Tours was amazing. The cave kayaking was everything I had hoped it would be. The group was a larger group, but the tour boat was accommodating for everyone. The tour stopped at three different sites to explore; we got to see the green lagoon, and they served lunch and some small snacks. The tour is fairly active and is best for people under 6’4, under 250lbs and those who are able-bodied. There were caves where you had to lie down in the kayak to fit through the cave opening. It was truly amazing; would absolutely recommend.
MollyRen, Dec 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Koh Samui

Vacation in Koh Samui
Paradise431256, Oct 2019
Samui Island Tour to Angthong Marine Park by Big Boat with Kayaking
The tour was excellent and they provided proper safety guidelines to all regarding the trip. The trip manager was quite humble and hospitable to all types of tourists. Would highly recommend this tour.
Splendid Day
LivinginEurope5, Dec 2019
Samui Island Tour to Angthong Marine Park by Big Boat with Kayaking
Our group of 7 thoroughly enjoyed our day tour. The description was accurate as to time, the crew was welcoming and helpful, the boat was in good order with plenty of seating and shade, the food was very good, the guide Kristina was funny, clear and a wealth of knowledge, and the hikes to the viewpoints and cave were challenging but rewarding. They also picked us up and delivered us to our villa, and we got to see a stunning part of Thailand.
Great day out that the whole family enjoyed
HenrysCatUK, Aug 2019
Ang Thong National Marine Park Tour by Big Boat from Koh Samui
We went as a family - 2 adults, 2 x 12 year olds. We all had a great time. Picked up from our hotel by aircon minibus. Not long after we arrived at the port we departed. The boat went through various activities like taking us such to a beach where you could walk up the steps to climb to a viewing point 500m up. It then took us to a lagoon where we were able to snorkel. The crew were great with lots of snacks and drinks provided throughout the day, and a great lunch.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Ang Thong National Marine Park is a must for nature lovers and adventure travelers.

  • Choose between a group boat tour or a private excursion aboard a speedboat or luxury yacht.

  • Full-day tours to Ang Thong from Koh Samui last upwards of eight hours.

  • Don’t forget to bring swimwear, a towel, sunscreen, and a hat.

  • Most tours provide water and snorkeling gear.

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How to Get There

Ang Thong Marine Park is accessible only by boat. You can choose from a whole host of options, from big party boats to private boat charters.

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When to Get There

The best months to visit the national park are between March and October, when the seas lie flat. The park closes completely during the height of the monsoons—between November and December each year. July and August tend to be the busiest months.

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Sea Gypsies of the Ang Thong Islands

All but one of the 42 Ang Thong Islands are uninhabited. The one with a permanent community, Koh Paluay, is home to a traditional community of sea gypsies who still earn a living through traditional fishing methods.

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