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5 Things to See at Ang Thong National Marine Park – Get Lost in a World of Adventure

Ang Thong National Marine Park is one of the most beautiful places in Koh Samui. Here is what to see at this extraordinary park.

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Ko Wua Ta Lap

This is where the headquarter and the basic facilities of the marine park are situated. This is an island with a camping ground, ranger station, visitor centre, and a shop/restaurant. There are bungalows where you can spend the night, but you need to book them in advance. One bungalow cost from 600 THB to 1,500 THB per night. It depends on the number of people visiting. To book them, you must get the permission of the Department of National Parks. If you couldn't book one, don't worry. You'll come across many a Samui resort near the park such as Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. Two white beaches can be found on the island. One of the beaches is located near the headquarters. Here, you can go snorkelling, swimming, diving, and kayaking. To reach the other beach, you need to walk 700m through a jungle.

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Wua Ta Lap Viewpoint

This is the highlight of the marine park. Once you are at the top of Wua Ta Lap you can get the best view of all the islands. For you to get to the Wua Ta Lap Viewpoint, you need to go on a 500m hike. The road is very steep and only the more adventurous travellers can get here. It takes around 30 mins to climb to the top. There are ropes to aid the climbers and signs to guide them to the top. If you're up for a thrilling adventure, come to the Ang Thong National Marine Park with your friends.

3

Bua Bok Cave

After hiking 1km from the headquarters, you will find the Bua Bok Cave. This is a beautiful cave with many large stalactites. Getting here is tough as you have to cross the forest. Once you get there, you will realize the hike was completely worth it. Explore the cave and spend a relaxed evening while enjoying the cool breeze.

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Ko Mae Ko

Ko Mae Ko means 'Mother Island' in Thai. The sea-water lake named Thale Nai is found on this island. The caves in the island connect the lake to the sea. On the beach of Ko Mae Ko, you will find a trail that leads to an amazing viewpoint which is near the lake. The climb to the top of the viewpoint would take around 20 minutes. There are limestone cliffs that surround the lake. These cliffs make the lake more aesthetic. The island of Ko Mae Ko too has a few white beaches. You can swim and snorkel here too. This island is ideal to spend a day while looking out for animals such as turtles, otters, iguanas, and eagles.

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Ko Sam Sao

This island is set on the East of Ko Mae Ko. Ko Sam Sao is also called Tripod Island. The highlight of this island is the magnificent coral reef near it. There is a very dramatic rock on the island as well. This is a great place for hikers and campers. There is a camping ground on the island and you can get tents from Ko Wua Ta Lap and the headquarters.