If you find yourself in Thailand, in the Gulf of Thailand to be exact, do yourself a favor and visit Ang Thong National Marine Park.
Ang Thong National Marine Park is honestly one of the coolest places I have ever been. Half the time I was there I honestly felt like it wasn’t real life.
If any of the pictures look familiar, its because the movie The Beach was filmed there.
Ang Thong National Marine Park
The company we booked through picked up at our hotel and were taken to the boat launch where breakfast (bread and jelly) was served. We listened to some safety regulations and were assigned a boat, then we were ready to board.
First stop, snorkeling…
We boated for about an hour before arriving at a snorkeling area. SL is not a big snorkeler but I am so I jumped right in. There were lots of colorful fish, coral, urchins and sea cucumbers.
Snorkeling lasted for about 30 minutes then we were back on the boat for a short ride into the park.
Arriving at Ang Thong National Marine Park
Ang Thong National Marine Park is beautiful beyond words. It consists of 42 islands and only half of one of the islands is inhabited. So really, there are 41.5 islands that are part of the marine park.
This one looks like a monkey! I also think it kind of looks like Abe Lincoln.
Who doesn’t love hiking in flip flops…
The park headquarters on Koh Wua Talab Island (Sleeping Cow) and once we arrived there it was time to hike. Thankfully it was a short hike because I had flip flops on…oops!
There were lookouts roughly every 100 meters of both the ocean and the lagoons.
This was one of the shortest but most epic hikes I’ve ever done. The views were nothing short of spectacular.
Fun fact: Green lagoons are on the east side of Thailand and blue lagoons are on the west side.
Needless to say, it was hot out and this was a sweaty hike. Once we were done, it was time for lunch – this was also included in the cost.
Relaxing on the beach…
We had some time to kill before our next adventure and hung out on the beach and in the water.
The beach was relatively empty despite having many boats full of tourists at the Marine Park the same time. It was hot and humid and I think most people found some shade. Not us!
Kayaking in Ang Thong National Marine Park
I didn’t take any picture while kayaking because losing my phone would have really sucked but it was pretty epic. We were able to get right up close to some of the limestone island and were even able to paddle into a little cave!
After about 30 minutes of paddling we beached our kayaks and attempted to relax on a beach a bit more when we saw…
They were so adorable and were eating fruits from the trees that they were swinging in. This was my first and only monkey sighting in Thailand and it was perfect!
I took 47,956 pictures of the monkeys and only stopped because it was time to go. On the hour or so long boat ride back to Koh Samui, lots of people fell asleep. It was a long, busy day.
I was exhausted by the time we got dropped off at the hotel. Looking at these pictures and still can’t believe I was there. Yes, I said this in the beginning but if you ever have the chance to visit Ang Thong National Marine Park…do it. Do it. Do it. Do it!A day at Ang Thong National Marine Park Click To Tweet
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