Consisting of an archipelago of more than 40 islands the Angthong (Golden Basin) National Marine Park is a earn a living from fishing with all of the islands remaining uninhabited and undeveloped except for one. This island, Koh Paluay, is inhabited by real Sea-Gypsies who to this day earn a living from fishing. The island resembles what Koh Samui or Koh Phangan used to look like 30 years ago, prior to the arrival of tourism and modern infrastructure. The Angthong Marine Park is famous for its natural beauty untouched by development.
The surrounding sea is the major spawning ground for the short-bodied mackerel, a tasty Thai delicacy. Snorkeling, rainforest walking, exploring caves and viewpoints, swimming and occasionally scuba diving are the most popular attractions of the region. Boasting a considerable quantity of wildlife, inhabitants of the islands include the Asian long-tailed monkey (langur), hair-nosed otters, pacific reef egrets, white-bellied sea eagles, ashy drongos, tortoises, sea turtles, lizards, common sandpiper, edible nest swiflet, oriental pied horn bill, southern pied horn bill, and pythons.