I went to Angthong National Park in March 2008 whilst living in Koh Samui. It is a marine national park in the Gulf of Thailand and it is also where Alex Garland based his famous novel ‘The Beach’ and you soon work out why as it is a truly stunning place.
You can do a day trip to these islands in Anything National Park from Samui every day. We took a boat out to a snorkelling spot before finding this amazing spot at Mu Ko AngThong National Park to get a view out to all of the small islands in the area. There are 42 islands in total over 102km.
I had to hike up some very spiky rocks (in my bikini and flip flops) for around half an hour in the midday heat and half way up I was definitely wondering if it was going to be worth it. The last 5 minutes to the top was the hardest, there was a rope to guide you up the rocks but once I got to the top and was rewarded with this view, it was all worth it!
All of the islands in Angthong National Park are visible from the top and it was a totally quiet and calm piece of Thailand (that you don’t find very often there). The water was bluer than you can imagine and I was so pleased I made the trek to the top.
If you are in this part of the world don’t miss Angthong National Park it is a real gem and well worth the day trip if you are in Samui or Koh Phanghan.
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