The Angthong National Marine Park is a IUCN category II National Park, established on 12th November 1980. Mu Koh Ang Thong is an archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand. Most of the islands are close to each other making a breathtaking panorama sailing around the Angthong Marine Park. All the islands are of different sizes and shapes. Most of them are covered with tropical forests and named after their distinguishing geography, a kind of descriptive appellation, such as ‘Sleeping Cow Island’ and ‘Three Pillars Island’. Angthong, translates as ‘golden bowl’ is a protected nature area famous for its natural beauty. All of the islands are uninhabited and undeveloped except for one. All 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, during centuries the islands creates strange-looking caves, cliffs and some islands look like ancient Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Prasart Hin Pimai. Part of the famous movie “The Beach” directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, took place at Angthong Marine Park and Phi Phi Islands (on the Andaman coast of Thailand). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and features Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle, Virginie Ledoyen and Guillaume Canet.
Mu Ko Ang Thong is a marine national park in the Gulf of Thailand, on the shores of the Surat Thani Province. It covers 42 islands in a total area of 102 km², of which only 18 km² are land. Population of these islands is estimated around 700-800 Thai people. The northern tip of Ko Phaluai is also part of the marine park. There is a ranger station, bungalows, shop and restaurant at Ko Wua Talap at Ao Phi. The name “Ang Thong” translates in thai as similar to “bowl of gold”. “Mu Ko” simply means “group of islands” or “archipelagos”. Since 2002 the park has been registered as Ramsar site number 1184.
ANG THONG NATIONAL MARINE PARK (CLOSING PERIOD)
Are you coming to Koh Samui in November or December?
The park is usually closed to visitors from November 1st through December 23rd yearly, to give nature and its creatures a break. That said, this period is Koh Samui’s rainy season, with high likelihood of rough seas.
You don’t want to go to Ang Thong unless the conditions are good, check with us directly for regular updates.
For the 2017 season the Marine Park will reopen on December 16