Set in the Gulf of Thailand about an hour’s speedboat journey from Koh Samui, Ang Thong Marine Park, whose name means ‘Golden Bowl’ encompasses 250 square kilometres and 42 exquisite islands. Together, the islands are famed for their spectacular limestone topography, with sheer cliffs and rock formations cupping picture-postcard coves, lagoons, caves and fine white beaches.
The rainforest-covered islands make the park a haven for wildlife, including monkeys, otters, boar, lizards, frogs, snakes and exotic birds, while the pristine seas harbor green turtles, dolphins, reef sharks and whales. The stunning underwater landscapes feature colourful coral gardens teeming with marine life, such as snapper, butterfly fish, fusiliers, rays and more.
Well-known islands include Koh Paluay, where fishing communities still make their living from the sea, and Mae Koh (Mother Island), famous for its inland Emerald Lake (Talay Nai), flanked by dramatic cliffs and panoramic views over the marine park.