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