Ang Thong National Marine Park is well worth a visit even if you just spend the day relaxing on one of the soft white sandy beaches. Though there are no actual scheduled boats going to the islands, there are a number of organised packaged day trips which can be easily arranged through various travel agents.
The most notable of these would be from Ko Samui. Boats leave from the pier at Na Thon on the western shore of the island at 8:30 am and return at 5:00 pm.
A typical day tour usually consists of a two-hour stopover on the beach at Ko Wha Talab where you can either spend your time relaxing on the beach or you could take a long leisurely swim in the turquoise waters. It's entirely up to you what you'd like to do.
If you're the more adventurous type and have tonnes of energy, you could opt to climb the steep 430-metre trail to the island's peak. Because from there you'll have a panoramic view of a good portion of the islands that make up this archipelago. You'll also be able to see the islands of both Ko Phangan and Ko Samui.
You'll have to hurry, though, as you don't want to miss the boat for the rest of the tour, which can take up to an hour each way. You may decide to go part of the way - and then later on - explore the island's cave. What you will need to do, is to take along some decent walking shoes or sandals. They'll come in handy.
Ko Wha Talab is known as Sleeping Cow Island largely due to its shape and is also the biggest land mass of the archipelago group. You'll find the national park headquarters nestled behind the beach as well as the only accommodation here.
There are no luxury hotels or resorts, only basic two and eight berth bungalows. However, if your preference is for more comfortable lodgings, rather stay over at Ko Samui.
If you want to book accommodation here, you will need to contact the Forestry Department or the Ang Thong National Marine Park in Bangkok. For those of you who love camping, it is possible to stay over in certain designated areas. You can either bring your own tent or you can hire one on the island.
There are a few benefits with overnight
stays. Most importantly, there would be no immediate rush which would
allow you to view the sunset or sunrise from the island's peak at
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If you wish to stay overnight because you've fallen in love with this beautiful piece of paradise, the ticket you purchased is valid for any return trip on a later day. Now you can really relax. You can get around the islands from Ko Wha Talab by chartering a motorboat from one of the local fishermen who live in the park.
Ask one of them to take you to Ko Sam Sao if diving is your scene. You will find some excellent coral there. The best snorkelling is off Ko Thai Plao.
Ko Tarutao Marine Park is a 51 island archipelago located in the Andaman Sea near Langkawi Island, Malaysia. They are considered to be some of the most exquisite beach and dive destinations on Thailand's southern shores. Find out more here.
Khao Lak stretches across several scenic strips of sandy upper Andaman coastline. The region is particularly famous for its spectacular scenery of steep rainforested ridges that extend down to the winding coast. An elephant trek to one of the waterfalls is a must. Find out more here.
Khao Sok is the largest and most dramatic tract of virgin rainforest in southern Thailand. The peaks rise to spectacular heights while the forest helps protect the population of elephants, bison, jungle cats, wild dogs and other endangered animals as well as bird species. Find out more here.
Khao Yai is the oldest park in Thailand. It's a mix of evergreen and deciduous tree forest with grasslands and scrub as its secondary growth. Endangered species such as elephants, tigers, leopards, white-handed gibbons and sambar stags, roam its interior including Find out more here.
Khao Sam Roi Yot is a small coastal park located on the narrowest part of the Thai peninsula overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Its interior is home to animals such as monitor lizards and macaque while the wetlands provide a sanctuary for migratory birds from Siberia. Find out more here.
Doi Inthanon has the highest mountain peaks in Thailand. There are several types of fauna and flora, waterfalls and a wide range of animal life such as leopard, Pangolin and flying squirrels. There are also several bird species such as the hawk, eagle and Eurasian woodcock. Find out more here.
Khao Phra Taew National Park is located in Phuket. It is the island's last main outpost and primary evergreen rain forest. Within the park, there are several waterfalls and it's also a home to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center. Find out more here.
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