Ang Thong National Park

Land Or Sea - there's plenty to do!

Things To Keep You Busy

Mummified Monks, Big Buddhas and Some Very Strange Rock Formations

Land based fun

Hiring a car and driving (either yourself or with a driver/guide) is a perfect way to see the whole island in one day - there are many different attrations to visit and some very unique sights.

From the Big Buddha to Wat Plai Laem in the immediate area, driving around the island you can see waterfalls. Multiple viewpoints around the island give breathtaking views of the beaches nestled between palm trees. Other interesting sights are The Secret Buddha Garden which has a huge display of Buddhist statues which each have a Buddhist meaning and mythology. The Mummified Monk, is exactly what you would think - a monk ( Long Pordaeng) who sits in the same meditation pose as he did when he died 30 years ago!

Grandmother – Grandfather Rock (Hin Ta Hin Yai)- a short way from Lamai center on the beach are two famous rock formations named Grandmother – Grandfather Rock. These rock formations are rather strange and are shaped like a male and female genitalia! The rocks have a story that has become part of folklore over the years and you can see the story on a sign as you get closer to the rocks

Na Muang 1 and Na Muang 2 waterfalls are two beautiful waterfalls in the midst of jungle. The first waterfall flows into a small pool that you can swim in and the second waterfall is about thirty minutes further uphill from here.

Dusit Dewa (Samui Cultural Centre) is located a Lipa Noi and is an excellent way to see a mix of Thai, Cambodian and Balinese artifacts and statues.

After dark there are night markets that travel around the island. The most famous of these is the Friday night Walking Street market at the Fisherman's Village, the Sunday night market at Lamai and the Thursday night market at Maenam. There is also a market on Saturday night outside Central Festival in Chaweng.

Stunning limestone karsts, colourful fish and longtail boats

Sea based fun

Ang Thong National Marine Park is a group of 42 pristine islands which have towering limestone karst formations. Ang Thong is located in the Gulf of Thailand and can be reached through group or private tours. There are a range of operators for these tours which can be done by speedboat, slow boat or yacht - some include snorkelling (which isn't the best here) and kayaking.

The main draw of Ang Thong is the stunning scenery when sailing around the National Park. Gorgeous beaches combined with the hilly, tropical forest backdrop are all visited on day trips, along with the famous Emerald Lake, which involves a climb up some very steep steps to reveal a hidden lake inside the island. The water of this lake is a vibrant emerald colour, hence the name.

Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan are two islands located to the north of the Samui archipelago and have, by far, the best snorkelling in the area. Day trips on speedboats only are available (it's too far for yachts or slower boats). The day trip makes stops around Koh Tao for snorkelling (with the chance to see black tip reef sharks and turtles) and also stops on Koh Nang Yuan for a reasonable amount of time.

Koh Nang Yuan is a privately owned islands, well it's actually 3 islands connected by a sandbar and has a resort located on it. Snorkelling is found on both sides of the sandbar and there is a moderately difficult hike to a viewpoint which gives you the chance to take those 'postcard' photos!

Koh Taen and Koh Mudson are located a short longtail boat ride away from Taling Ngam on Samui's south-west coast. Day and half-day trips are available on longtails for snorkelling at these islands.