Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

Attraction Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park Ko Samui District Surat Thani Thailand Published on: 13-11-2015

4 hours
08:00 AM
12:00 PM
First-time visit
Must see
6.15 USD

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Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park is an archipelago of 42 islands covering 102 km² at the shore of the Surat Thai Province in the Gulf of Thailand.

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Why Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park is special ?

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park consists of 42 islands. Its main islands are Phaluai Island, Wua Chio Island, Wua Talap Island, Mae Ko Island, Samsao Island, Phai Luak Island, Kha Island, Hindap Island, Phi Island, Wua Kantang Island, Mae Yat Island, Wua Te Island, Naiphut Island, Changsom Island, Hanuman Island, Thaiphlao Island, Huaklong Island, and Kho Ban Island.

Most 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, the islands have many, strange-looking caves and cliffs, and some islands  look like ancient Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Prasart Hin Pimai.

Flora & Fauna

Beach Forest, occurs in a narrow strip around most of the larger islands, especially in the area above high water mark on beaches. Species occuring include; Terrminalia catappa, Thespesia populnea, Carophyllum inophyllum, Scaevola taccada, Erythrina fusea, Pandanus monotheca and Crinum sp.

Limestone forest, occurs on the exposed cliff faces and in the very shallow soils on top of the limestone hills. Most of the plants found here are small and highly adapted to survive in the severe environment, species recorded include; Dracaena loureiri, Euphorbia antiquorum and Morinda sp.

Mangrove forest, occurs in the very sheltered spots where sandbars and mudflats have developed. This forest type is best represented around Mae Ko island and on the eastern side of Phaluai island. These forest areas are well structured with many trees, both large and small, the dominant species is Rhizophora apiculata.


What to explore at Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park?

Wua Talap Island situates in Kha Bay. The National Park Headquarters locates here. In front of the office is the white and clean beach appropriate for playing water and recreation. When going to the viewpoint at the top of the mountain, about 500 meters, traveler can see all of Ang Thong islands with strange-looking shape lay in-line on the sea. There is also Bua Bok Cave situated one kilometer from the office. It has beautiful stalagmite and stalactite,  and is unique in its geology condition.
Thale Nai
Thale Nai or Lake in the Mountain situates in Mae Ko Island. It is a large natural pond surrounded by complicated limestone mountain. The area has under-water hole connected to the outer sea. There has been assumed that the limestone layer under the lake was sink so that cause the lake, this incident had been occurred simultaneously with the islands, or it might have been occurred by the change of chemical condition so did the caves.
Samsao Island 
Samsao Island
situates opposite Mae Ko Island. There have beautiful coral, natural stone bridge curve out into the sea, and white and clean beaches appropriate for camping and swimming to enjoy coral.
Thaiphlao Island and Wua Kantang Island
There are beautiful coral reef and white sand beaches in Thaiphlao Island and Wua Kantang Island.
Nature Trails
There are trekking trail about 500 meters called ‘View Point Trekking Trail’ located in Kha Bay in Wua Talap Island, and two boating trails called ‘Studying Nature by Boat’. The first boating trail is about 600 meters surrounding Phi Island, and the second is about 2,200 meters between the beach of Kha Bay and the Nathap Beach. More over, there are three snorkeling route call ‘Studying Nature Under Water’; about 200 meters long near Thaiphlao Island, about 150 meters long near Samsao Island, and about 150 meters long in Kha Bay in Wua Talap Island.



How to get to Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park?

As a national park, only government-approved tour boats may enter Ang Thong, which may be booked on Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan or Koh Tao. Sailing liveaboard cruise trips and speedboat charters may also be organised. Most tours stop at a few different locations and combine a day of hiking, sightseeing, kayaking and lounging on the beaches. Some of the hikes require a good level of fitness, so be sure to check with your guide or agent about the degree of difficulty before setting off!

Ang Thong is 28 kilometres from Samui and 32 kilometres from Pha Ngan. The national park entry fee (sometimes included in the tour cost) is 200 baht for foreign adults, 100 baht for foreign children, and 40 baht for Thai nationals.

The best time to visit Ang Thong Marine National Park is March to October when the seas are calmer. The park is sometimes closed due to inclement weather in the months of November through January

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  • “Great place to visit”
  • “Tourist paradise!”
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Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park Ko Samui District Surat Thani Thailand

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Tips for you

  • Obvious things like take water, hat, sunscreen and something like an old t-shirt to cover up with when you are snorkelling.
    What to bring
  • Good place for photography
  • Take your cameras with you!
  • During monsoon (November and December) the Gulf of Thailand always have big waves and is windy.
  • The best time for visiting the islands is between February and October, when the sea is calm, suitable for swimming, snorkeling and sailing.
  • The water is clearest around March/April time. This is also the hottest time of the year.
  • National Park office closes during November and December every year.
  • There are several tour operators on Koh Samui where you can book daytrips by tour boat or speed boat as well as kayak and sailing tours.
  • Accommodation - Bungalows are also available. Camping site/Tent - Tent for rent and provides camping area for traveler.


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Ko Samui was the first stop on our honeymoon and the first day we went out to be tourists we spent the day island hopping the marine park! The boat ride out there was smooth but the guides gave us sick sea tablets which made us drowsy but kept our tummies at bay the whole day! The first sight of the islands popping out like rocks in a blue desert was spectacular, the unique formations if you've never seen any of SE Asia like me before hand is awe inspiring. The first thing we did was jump on kayaks and kayak around a few small islands, we were able to get metres within cliffs and rock caves and the calm green waters made it oh so relaxing! After about 40 minutes we beached the kayaks at our first stop named lagoon island. After a hefty climb up some God knows how old rusty steep steps you make it to a beautiful look out. One one side you can see the giant calm lagoon placed right I the middle of the island while on the other side is a majestic view of a handful of bigger islands! After the sightseeing we enjoyed a yummy traditional thai lunch before approaching our second island stop. Parking the big boat between 2 islands we all jumped on traditional long tail boats and put putted our way to the island. Once ashore we were given the option to stay and relax around the peaceful location, explore sea caves or climb using a rope to the top of a mountain to a view of the entire marine park! Sadly we only bought thongs so we stayed on the beach and relaxed under swaying palm trees! We wanted to snorkel but due to recent storms the water had zero visibility but thankfully it was still green! On the way back to the port we went through the ocean instead of the calmer waters, and were battered by big swells, luckily the sea sick tablets knocked everyone out...that wasn't screaming for their lives! A great area to go to set off a relaxing Ko samui holiday!

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