Angthong (or 'golden bowl' in the Thai language) occupies almost 250 sq km. This includes 50 sq km of limestone islands with unusual karsts topography that rises from the sea as dramatic rock cliffs and bizarre rock formations. Explore the area’s many caves, hidden lagoons, and white sand beaches, or go kayaking and snorkeling among the shallow coral gardens for a popular and fascinating day trip or a few days charter.
All of the islands are close to each other, making for a breathtaking panorama when throughout the park. Each island has its own, unique size, shape, and geological makeup. Most of them are covered with tropical forests and named after their distinguishing geography, a kind of descriptive appellation, such as 'Sleeping Cow Island' and 'Three Pillar Island'.
All of the islands are uninhabited and undeveloped except for one. This island, Koh Paluay, is inhabited by “sea-gypsies” who still earn a living from fishing. With us, you can get delicious Thai lunch at the fresh seafood gypsy fishing village at Koh Phaluay (we order in advance to assure the fastest service possible). The islands of Angthong marine park resemble Koh Samui 40 years ago, before the arrival of tourism and modern infrastructure. The Marine Park is famous for its natural beauty untouched by development. The islands range in size from mere rocks in the deep blue sea to little paradise islands with white beaches and coconut trees.
Mae Ko (Mother Island) is a must-see stop. Here, an emerald seawater lake in the middle of the island is encircled on all sides by limestone cliffs but linked by an underground tunnel connecting with the sea. Reaching the lake entails a short climb of 10 minutes or so, but you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view across the whole park.
Koh Wua Talap (Sleeping Cow Island ) is inhabited by wild monkeys. This is a real tropical paradise with its fine sand beach and picture-perfect virgin nature. You will ascend to the height of 500 meters to reach a viewpoint that overlooks the Ang Thong National Marine Park's beautiful islands. Here you will have a chance to explore secret coves (Lotus cave ) to see unique stalactites and stalagmites.
Most of the islands consist of limestone mountains that rise from 10-400 meters above sea level. Because the limestone constantly changes its look due to both chemical reactions and weather conditions, the islands have many, strange-looking caves and cliffs. The best option to travel to the Marine Park is by luxury speedboat or yacht as they can reach many different locations within a brief amount of time, perfect for this wondrous destination.