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Koh Phangan is set in the Gulf of Thailand, on this side of the mainland, on the East we are joined by the large Koh Samui and smaller Koh Tao. All of these three islands are in close proximity to Angthong Marine Park.
It is said that there are 42 islands that make up Angthong and as they are close to each other it makes a breathtaking sight for you to enjoy whilst sailing around them.
The islands are covered with tropical forests and named after their geography such as ‘Sleeping Cow Island’ and ‘Three Pillars Island’.
Angthong means ‘golden bowl’ and is protected since 1980 because of its natural beauty. All of the islands are uninhabited and undeveloped except for one.
You may have heard of the book and film ‘The Beach’, part of the story is actually set at Angthong and by visiting you will understand, however none of the film was filmed there.
Depending on which boat trip you go on will depend on whether you travel by speedboat or a larger slower boat. With a big boat it takes roughly 1.5 hours to reach Angthong, however it is a lovely pace to travel at in the morning with breakfast usually served, unwind and wake up and enjoy the trip on the sea.
If you are more impatient or don't like the slow boat journeys then you can opt for a speedboat trip however you won’t have the fun options of things such as a slide and sun deck to enjoy.
Once you arrive to Angthong you will be taken to the first island on your itinerary and have the option to either relax on the beautiful each and swim in the ocean or maybe there is a viewpoint to trek to?!
If you are on a large boat you may have the option to kayak from one point to another during your trip to the second or third island and also most trips will include lunch for you too!
One thing not to miss is the Emerald lagoon! You have to climb steep steps but it is totally worth the view to see this natural wonder.
Spending the day floating around Angthong is a once in a lifetime view for your eyes, prices can vary but are no more than 2000 Baht, usually around 1500 - 1800 Baht and are definitely worth it!
Explore Angthong Marine Park fully on this tour. The park headquarters is on Ko Wua Talap, which provides basic bungalow accommodations, tents for hire, a tourist centre, a first-aid office, and kayaks for rent. You will have lots of time to admire the hidden lagoons, Emerald lagoon lake, and white sand beaches, and go snorkelling in shallow coral reefs along the coastline. Snorkelling equipment is provided.
Angthong National Marine Park, which translates to "golden bowl," is over 250 square kilometres and includes 50 square kilometres of limestone islands and cliffs. There is so much beauty to see here!
The tour is approximately two days long and costs around $110 per person. Hotel pickup is complimentary. Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, and soft drinks are included.
The departure point is Haad Yao Bayview Resort & Spa, 57 Moo 8 Haad Yao Beach, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand.
The departure time is noon.
The drop-off point is Safari Boat, Koh Phangan, 45/1-2 Moo 1, Thongsala, Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand. As mentioned before, a taxi ride to and from your hotel is complimentary.
Cover more sights on a speedboat tour of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan from Koh Phangan in less time. You’ll enjoy ample free time at each spot, so you can decide whether you want to snorkel, sunbathe, or capture panoramic views from far-reaching lookout points. Plus, lunch and refreshments are included.
Koh Tao & Koh Nangyuan is an idyllic tropical island paradise. It is an unforgettable destination for divers, adventurers, and travellers alike. A visit to Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan is often part of every traveller’s agenda. You have probably seen photos of the three islets connected by a sandy beach. The enticing aquamarine waters, the white sand, and the picturesque rocks set the perfect scene.