Angthong National Marine Park is a 42-island marine archipelago which can be reached in 1.5 hour boat ride from Koh Samui. The day trip includes breakfast and a buffet lunch, as well as cold water and soda. The smooth ride and sundeck gave us time to tan and count islands as they appeared through the morning fog.
At the first stop most of the boat decided to kayak to our next destination, while we calculated our beach time and arrived at a conclusion that equated in no kayaking and more hiking/beach exploring.
Our first stop was for a little over an hour and gave us time to see the stunning Thale Nai, an emerald saltwater lake lagoon. Swimming wasn’t allowed and for a good reason, as some natural environments are better left untouched.
Our final stop was for several hours at the main National Park Island. We were advised not to hike to the iconic viewing deck, as we had sandals and the uphill trail narrowed to a path of razor sharp rocks with nothing but fraying rope to secure balance. We had never sweat more in our life as we marched up the hill through the steamy forest, but the final view was more than worth the dehydrated headaches we later ensued.
Racing back down to the beach, we threw off our flipflops, clothes and plunged into the water. The boat ride back was a sleepy one. We enjoyed happy hour beers and dinner on the beach per usual.