Featured in Alex Garland’s novel, “The Beach” (the movie starred Leonardo Di Caprio!), Ang Thong National Marine Park offers much to discover; read on to find out more.
What to Expect
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, the park is in an archipelago with 42 islands which all except one are uninhabited. You will find stunning natural beauty on the islands with pristine beaches, lush forests, hidden waterfalls and tranquil lakes; adding to the allure are the towering limestone cliffs that create an enchanting backdrop.
Planning Your Visit
Those looking for things to do on Koh Phangan can easily plan excursions to this marine park around 32 km away; resorts like Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas even offer speedboat trips here. March to October is generally the best time to visit, while rough weather between November and January may cause the park to close at times.
The main island is Ko Wua Ta Lap home to the park headquarters; here, you can visit two idyllic beaches, hike to a viewpoint with amazing views and explore the Bua Bok Cave. Another highlight is Ko Mae Ko or Mother Island with its famed Emerald Lake, while Koh Sam Sao is an island known for its sublime shores and thriving coral reef.
Things to Do
There are adventure-filled things to do in Ang Thong National Marine Park. You can hike amidst the lush island forests, snorkel above coral gardens to spot marine life and go kayaking amidst the impressive limestone cliffs; also keep an eye out to spot wildlife be it long-tailed macaques or white-bellied sea eagles!