One of the most popular day trips to take from Koh Samui, Thailand, is to the Ang Thong Marine National Park – and with good reason. The park consists of 42 islands, and unlike the nearby Koh Samui, they are largely left untouched. Like most of the people visiting Koh Samui, we took this day trip, and were not unimpressed! Even though the weather was very overcast, it was still stunning and 100% worth it. So if you’re interested in the trip (or just want to see tonnes of pretty pictures) read on!
The park is about an hour’s boat ride away from Samui (so if you get seasick, you might wan to rethink this one), and the first stop is near some completely untouched islands for snorkelling. We were provided with snorkelling gear, and given about 45 minutes to swim and snorkel at leisure. It wasn’t the best snorkelling place in the world, particularly due to the weather, but the sea was lovely and warm and it was fun to just float around for while.
The Emerald Lagoon:
The second stop (which was probably the best part of the day) was a trip to Koh Mae Koh, and a climb up to the viewpoint over the Emerald Lagoon. The climb included some pretty terrifying ladders, with steep steps and steps so small even my titchy feet struggled to fit onto. By the top, everyone was extremely sweaty and hot, but the view was absolutely stunning! The Lagoon is enormous, and the most lovely colour imaginable, and well worth the blood sweat and tears getting up to the top. The climb down – while just as challenging trying to balance on the steps – was even better as there were plenty of vantage points to view the lagoon from.
Arguably my favourite time of any day is lunch, and this did not disappoint. We visited a secluded fisherman’s village for a buffet lunch, which was lovely, and then had time to sit on the beach or explore.
After lunch, we headed to another deserted beach for some kayaking, which was super super fun. I’d never gone kayaking in the sea before, and it was a really awesome experience! Couple that with lying on the beach for half an hour, with the only other people being a group of monks swimming in the sea, and it was really the perfect way to end the day!
The Boat Ride Back:
Usually I wouldn’t include this in a list of things to do, but the boat ride back meant we were going back through the park, meaning we got to see all of the tiny islands again, which really are stunning. However, a huge thunder storm hit while we were in the boat, making for an interesting (but extremely wet) journey!