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Ang Thong Archipelago
Ang Thong, Thailand
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Mu Ko Ang Thong is a marine national park in the Gulf of Thailand, at the shore of the Surat Thani Province. It covers 42 islands in a total area of 102 km², of which only 18 km² are land. The park was established on November 12, 1980.The name Ang Thongmeans bowl of gold, while Mu Ko simply means group of islands.Since 2002 the park is also registered as Ramsar site number 1184.
 
View from the peak of Ko War Ta Lap [1]

 

Approximately nineteen miles (30 km) from Samui Island is a beautiful archipelago of islands. in this group of islands are coral, reefs, beaches, lagoons and caves. Because for many years it was protected by the Thai Navy, most islands are uninhabited. It is now a national park. The waters have been fished for many years for the short-bodied mackeral because this area is a major breeding ground for this fish. There are some paths winding through the forest that lead to beautiful views of the steep-sided islands. The best views are on Wua Talab and Sam Sao. On Koh Mae Island there is a saltwater lake surrounded by verical cliffs. The locals call it Thale Nai, or "inner sea."[2] The lagoon is fed by seawater by an underground connection to the sea. You are not allowed to swim in the lake, and don’t try it as you will have a difficult time in getting out from the water.[4]

 

Wua Talap Island

This is one of the main rocky islands where the Ang Thong National Park headquarters and visitor centre is based. The island features a beautiful white beach for sun bathing and warm seas for swimming, as well as caves featuring stalagmites and stalactites. There is also a stunning viewpoint that can be reached via a 500 metre trek. Once at the top, all of the National Park’s islands become visible, as do the mirrored seas surrounding you.[3]

Just off the coast of the tourist hell hole that is Ko Samui, is this beautiful marine national park.

 

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References
 
1. Wikimedia Commons-Ang Thong Archipelago-Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License-retrieved 8/11/2009
2. 1001 Natural Wonders you must see Before you Die-Michael Bright-pg. 738-retrieved 6/14/2009
3. 1stopsamui.com-Ang Thong Archipelago-retrieved 8/11/2009
4. Thailand Southern- Ang Thong Archipelago-retrieved 8/11/2009
 
 
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