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Famous Islands in Ang Thong Marine Park; Island Adventures

Ang Thong Marine Park is famous for its scenery, landscape and cluster of islands that hold unparalleled beauty. Here are some of the most well-known islands that you must visit while here.

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What to expect from Ang Thong as a whole

Ang Thong National marine Park consists of a beautiful archipelago with a total of 42 islands. The landscape can be seen varying from limestone mountains, thick jungle areas, beaches and mangroves to angelic waterfalls and hidden caves with exquisite lakes. The park is a protected area with both land and sea, filled with wildlife and aquatic life. Snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, diving and sailing are a few among the many recreational activities you could partake in here. In operation since 1980 the park ensures that only licensed tour operators are allowed within its limits. With unique and spellbinding vistas, the name Ang Thong translates to "Golden Basin" with four different forest types. Expect to spot langurs, herons, otters, Pacific Reef egrets, sea eagles, turtles, iguanas and pythons making a frequent appearance as you tour the islands. If you wish to stay back, there are many Koh Phangan resort and hotel options in the vicinity.

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Ko Paluay Island

Ko Paluay is the one island that is still inhabited. Here you will be able to meet the fisher-folk in the tiny village of sea gypsies whose main livelihood is fishing. You will also get the chance to sample some of the fresh catch included in many of their island-inspired cuisines which can be found served at a small restaurant and bar in the village. With its quaint nature and beautiful backdrop, the island serves as the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal and relax before you take off for the rest of your adventure.

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Koh Wua Talab

Koh Wua Talab is the largest island in the archipelago and it offers a beautiful steep trek that commences from the park's visitor centre. Once you climb to the summit via the path, you will be able to sit back and revel in the absolutely stunning scenery that presents itself before you. The entire Ang Thong Park is visible from this viewpoint. The climb is surely steep and arduous but the constant glimpses that you will catch of various animals in the area such as dusky langurs, spectacled monkeys, iguanas, silver-haired bats and tree frogs, will keep you entertained . The area is also home to over 50 different bird species that make for a colourful and diverse paradise. It is always best to organize your tour methodically and if you are not able to, numerous tour agencies and even hotels and resorts such as Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas and others would be able to help you out.

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Ko Mae Koh Island and Emerald Lake

The name sounds magical and the location matches its title perfectly. Ko Mae Koh Island, also known as the Mother Island, holds a well-hidden secret in the form of the Emerald Lake which is also nicknamed as the "Blue Lagoon". The name owes its origins to the movie "The Beach" in which it was featured. This almost magical lake is surrounded entirely by limestone walls and connects to the sea by means of an underground tunnel. Many locals believe that the lake was created out of a cave that collapsed, which underwent severe weathering from the natural elements around, especially the rain. If you enjoy a good climb, take the steep stairway to the fissure on the cliff. The entire archipelago is visible from here and is surrounded by a sort of eerie aura. The stairway that takes you down will bring you to the Talay Nay lake whose calm and green waters look alluring; although, if you are thinking of taking a dip in the lake, you will be disappointed as swimming is not allowed here.