History of Mu Koh Angthong National Marine Park
The Angthong National Park was established on 12th November 1980. Mu Koh Ang Thong is an archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand. Most of the islands are close to each other making a breathtaking panorama sailing around the Angthong Marine Park. Most of the islands are covered with tropical forests and named after their distinguishing geography, a kind of descriptive appellation, such as ‘Sleeping Cow Island’ and ‘Three Pillars Island’. Angthong, translates as ‘golden bowl’ is a protected nature area famous for its natural beauty. All of the islands are uninhabited and undeveloped except for one.
All of the islands consists of limestone mountains about 10-400 meters above sea level. Because the limestone can change its structure easily by both chemical condition and weather, during centuries the islands creates strange-looking caves and cliffs. Part of the famous movie “The Beach” directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, took place at Angthong Marine Park an Phi Phi Islands. – Source: www.angthongmarinepark.com
Samui Island tours. link.
Cost roughly: £30.00 each.
All day boat tour 7.30am – 16.30.
7.30 Pick up from hotel.
8.30 Departure on fully equipped tour boat with light breakfast.
10.00 Arrive at Angthong Marine Park and either start kayaking or set over to the island by traditional long tail boat and take the 10 minute climb to view the emerald green lagoon.
12.00 Tasty Thai style buffet lunch on board the tour boat.
12.30 More Kayaking to Wua Ta Lap. Climb the 500m rocky, steep mountain for amazing panoramic views of the islands. for the less energetic, snorkel, swim or relax on the beach.
15.00 Jump off the boat if you wish. Depart from Mu Koh Angthong – tea/coffee provided.
16.30 Arrive back at Koh Samui and transfer back to hotel.
So this was a memorable day. We were constantly overwhelmed with breath taking views and made some fantastic memories that I will never forget.
I have always been afraid of the sea so I feel like kayaking for me was a real achievement and probably the highlight of my day. I also surprised myself because once we got going I actually thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and didn’t ache nearly as much as I thought I would afterwards. We set off in a group of around 15 kayaks following our group leader who led us through tights gaps between islands and under caves. We got to see the islands from a whole different perspective and I genuinely felt like I was in paradise. There was one incident where we went over a rock hidden under the sea and our kayak tipped and wobbled and my heart went. We did however manage to stay upright and I am pleased to announce we did not fall in, our whole group made it back to the island safe and sound (no shark attacks like I had feared) and I feel like I made a lot of progress conquering my fear of the sea.
The Green Lagoon was a beautiful picturesque spot. This is just a place to take pictures as you can not enter the lagoon. Its a salt water lake and takes around 10 minutes to climb. This place had stairs which was helpful.
The 500m climb up the mountain was the hardest thing I have done to date. It was really rocky, quite dangerous and not for the faint hearted. At some of the more tricky points of the climb there was a questionable rope to hold on to for assistance. It was humid and unbearably hot so I would recommend taking plenty of water and also wearing mosquito spray (we learnt the hard way on both accounts). Needless to say it was worth it for the end result. I felt like I had died (likely on the climb) and gone to heaven! See pictures for reference, although it doesn’t do it justice. I am glad we took the challenge & I almost gave up at 300m but David made me continue and I am glad we did it. If nothing else I certainly lost a few pounds in the process. Just watch your step as we did see/assist a girl who sprained her ankle on the way back down.
Unfortunately the only thing we didn’t get to enjoy was snorkelling as the water was just too cloudy at the time (we went in February).
Lunch on the boat was beautiful and the staff were funny, helpful and friendly all day. At the start of the day they offered everyone a pill for sea sickness, there were free drinks on board all day and you could use their snorkelling gear free of charge on the islands or from the back of the boat.
Money well spent in paradise.