Ang Thong National Park – Located at Suratthani, Thailand is consist of 42 islands with only one inhabited by sea gypsies. From the island of Koh Samui, it’s an hour and a half away by slow boat and half an hour by express boat. We went on a tour paying 1,000 THB with kayaking, package includes snorkeling, and sight- seeing, free flow of drinks (instant coffee, tea, water, and cola), some breads and bananas in the morning as their ‘breakfast’, Thai Lunch Buffet, and the entrance fee of 200 THB at the park. I bet you can get it cheaper at the pier if you just walked in. Other tour agencies offer the same tour from 1,850 and below. Note that there are two most common package they offer:
- With Kayaking
- Without Kayaking
(Half way to the viewpoint scenery)
Some agencies offer with kayaking for 1,400 THB and 1,000 THB without Kayaking, we happened to just get the tour package of an agency in front of us while we were looking for a specific agency that offers way higher but they are popular because they rank one on Google. Like I said, you can even get the same tour if you walked in at Nathon Pier and inquired different tour boats there. If we can get a tour with kayaking for 1,100 THB, I bet you can get it probably around 700 THB beacuse you won’t have to get the pick up and drop off service to and from the hotel. Yet, if you want the convenient of the pick up service then feel free to avail the tour packages by the agencies or even your hotel can most probably help you.
(Hopping on the kayak)
Here’s our itinerary for the trip:
7:30 AM Transfer from hotel to pier.
8:30 AM Travel to Ang Thong National Marine Park by full-equipped tour boat.
10:00 AM Arrival at the Ang Thong National Marine Park and start kayaking to ‘Mae Koh’ or set over by long tail-boat. Optional climb on a viewpoint to see the salt water lake called “Talay Nai”, the Emerald Lagoon surrounded by the sheer cliffs (reminded me of Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake).
(Yep, they jumped off the boat from its roof! Chris did it too!)
12:00 PM Thai Lunch Buffet on the boat.
1:00 PM Head to “Wua Ta Lap” island to snorkel, trek, or spelunking. They boast the so called “Bau Boke Cave”. I just swam and Chris just shadow-bathing because of me wanting to hide from the sun!
3:00 PM Departure. Back to the pier.
4:30 PM Arrival time at the pier and get transferred back to the hotel.
(“Wua Ta Lap” Island)
It was a nice trip, although the kayaking was too much exhausting and the agency was not as organized. It was still a great experience.
You can spend overnight at the Mother Island with the bungalows that could be rented out, we didn’t ask how much but take note that there’s no electricity from 11pm until sometime in the morning. Have a great trip!
(Yep, one boat’s got a fun slide!)