There’s just three words to describe this place. Paradise on earth. Unspoilt nature, shades of green and blue, endless sea… It has been on my bucket list since my first time to Thailand and unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to go then, so naturally on my second visit I had to go. And it didn’t disappoint!
Ang Thong is an archipelago of 42 or some islands situated in the Gulf of Thailand, just west of Koh Samui. We booked a tour through local travel agency on Koh Phangan, where we were staying. The boat ride took about an hour or so and the first stop was in a small bay to snorkel. Then we had lunch with a view and continued our journey to the Emerald Lake. Situated a little above the sea level it requires climbing some stairs, but it’s well worth it, as the scenery is breathtaking. The colour of the lake is just amazing and the limestone mountains surrounding the lake add a special touch to it. Next on our itinerary was kayaking around some bays and caves. The last and the most spectacular stop on our tour was the Wua Talap island, where we were greeted by white sand beach with perfect palm trees and some monkeys. The most anticipated thing on this island was definitely the famous view point. The climb is not very easy, but in the end it offers the most breathtaking views over the whole archipelago. Unfortunately, we could only get to the certain point (I think 2/3 of the whole climb) and not completely to the top, since it was raining the previous day and the trek was too slippery. Nevertheless, our view was more than amazing, I can’t imagine how insane it must be from the top! The photos don’t do this place justice, but enjoy them anyway. 🙂
Ang Thong National Marine Park in Thailand.
Gulf of Thailand, west of Koh Samui.
Around 2000 BHT. Make sure to check if your price includes also marine park fee and don’t forget to bargain! 🙂
Because it’s just too beautiful!