The Golden Basin Islands– Angthong National Marine Park

Koh Paluay at Angthong National Marine Park, ThailandConsisting 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.

One of the best snorkelling spots at Angthong National Marine ParkThe 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.

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2 Responses to The Golden Basin Islands– Angthong National Marine Park

  1. Tropicana at Coconut Samui Villas
    I am on holiday at Coconut Tropicana on the island of Koh Samui. Where is this located and how can I get there from here?


    • Coconut Samui Villas arrange Angthong tours for guests. The best place to get a charter boat, or join with a tour is from the village of Bang Rak. There are about 4 piers here that have boats harboured and ready to shuttle you to the islands on guided tours. Take your pick of how luxurious or how adventurous you would like your excursion to be.

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