Ang Thong National Marine Park
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Ang Thong National Park

Pristine nature and great yachting destination in the Gulf of Thailand

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Ang Thong National Marine Park is located in the Gulf of Thailand near Koh Phangan. It is composed of about 40 uninhabited islands. The islands cover an area of 250 km sq and are the peaks of a flooded limestone mountain range. Because these islands are in the more southern part of Thailand, they are popular Malaysia and Singapore travel destinations, as well as other countries in that proximity.

Until 1980 Ang Thong was off-bounds as it was used by the Thai Navy. Now it is a Marine Park that makes a popular destination for people staying on the nearby islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. There are some pristine white sand beaches to enjoy as well as lush forests. Popular activities include exploring lime stone caves, sea canoeing and snorkeling around the fan corals.

It is also possible to do treks around some of the islands. There is an abundance of wildlife that if you are lucky you might spot. Animals on the Ang Thong islands include Leopard cats, long tail macaques, sea otters and the dusky langur. There are also over 40 species of bird to spot.

Koh Sam Sao is one of the best diving spots in the park. The area is a breeding ground for fish such as the short-bodied mackerel. Dolphins are also drawn to the area but are weary of people because Thai fishermen catch the dolphins for their meat.

The largest island in the Ang Thong archipelago is Koh Wua Talab. It is where the park headquarters are. It is also possible to camp over night on the island. There are a couple of good treks to be done on the island.

Koh Mae Ko is remarkable among the islands for having a large lake with turquoise water called Thale Noi. The lake is rich in bio-diversity and is surrounded by a golden basin that gives its name to the area (‘Angthong’ means ‘golden bowl’).

Other than the park rangers the only inhabitants of the Ang Thong National Marine Park are some sea gypsies who still pursue their ancient life styles. They are to be found on the islet of Koh Paluay.

If you have your own yacht the Ang Thong National Marine Park makes a great excursion. It is a destination in Thailand that has truly preserved its natural beauty.

Koh Mae Ko is remarkable among the islands for having a large lake with turquoise water called Thale Noi. The lake is rich in bio-diversity and is surrounded by a golden basin that gives its name to the area.

 

 
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