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Barb and I woke up early again! This time for a tour of Angthong National Marine Park, a collection of 42 tropical islands. The park protects 102 km², yet only 18 km² are land. We were picked up in a van from our hotel and drove about 50 minutes to the port. After signing in, we boarded our vessel along with 50 other passengers.
This was by far the most professional and organized tour I have been on in South East Asia and for only 1,500 baht! I thought it was reasonably priced considering Ko Samui is one of the most expensive islands in Thailand. Our boat was the first one to leave for the islands.
Once we got close to our first stop, we all got into two-person kayaks and started paddling towards Mae Koh Island. Along the way, we kayaked under some overhanging rock which was very cool (literally and figuratively). Upon reaching Mae Koh Island, we hiked up to a scenic viewpoint to “Talay Nai” (a turquoise/green coloured lagoon).
On Wua Ta Lap Island, we hiked for about 35 minutes to the top to view the spectacular island landscape. On the way down, we spotted some adorable spectacled or dusky leaf langurs. Thankfully, we also had time to snorkel and sunbath. My mom and I found some pretty parrot fish. Overall, the tour was great and it was one of my most memorable days in Thailand.