Ang Thong National Marine Park Tour Review

written by local expert Anna Faustino

Anna is a co-founder of Adventure in You and has been traveling the world for the last 9 years. She has spent time living in Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia, and Spain and is our local expert in these areas. Her expertise on travel, gear, and building businesses have been featured on Foundr, Business Insider, Yahoo Travel, and more.

It was the perfect day. The sun was shining brightly, and there was hardly anyone in sight. Together with five other people, we boarded the Anda, a beautiful 38ft speed boat which was going to take us to the beautiful waters of the famous Ang Thong Marine Park.

Known for its crystal clear waters, emerald-colored lagoon, and of course, the 42 jagged islands with pristine beaches, this is a spot not to be missed.

Between the limestone cliffs, the stunningly beautiful landscape, and the diverse marine wildlife, we quickly understood why a trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park is a must for people traveling around Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.


Why Book an Ang Thong National Marine Park Tour?

After doing our research, we found out that there were loads of boat providers offering tours of the Marine Park. In fact, after walking along busy parts of Koh Samui like Chaweng and Lamai, it was slightly overwhelming trying to find a tour which wasn’t too crowded.

Booking a private tour is our top recommendation as most joining tours have tons of people which take way from actually enjoying the park.

For this reason, we decided to partner up with Samui Boat Charter, a company with a fleet of luxury speedboats, yachts, and sailboards so we could truly experience the beauty of the marine park. Samui Boat Charter recently started doing VIP tours of the Ang Thong Marine Park and have gained nothing but fabulous reviews so we decided to give it a go.

Coincidentally, we also timed our trip perfectly because we went the day after the full moon party which meant there was hardly anyone there. Aboard the Samui Boat Charter, we were given a quick orientation of where we were heading.

Apart from Samui Boat charter, we also recommend this private boat tour of Ang Thong National Marine Park.

Together with a fantastic boat crew, a small group of other travelers, and a cooler full of soda and beer, we began our journey. Soon, we were heading towards the horizon as we gazed out into a sea of blues, heading for the marine park, excited about the day that was about to come.


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Our Experience: Visiting Ang Thong National Marine Park

During the entire trip, one thing was clear. We could take as long as we wanted leisurely enjoying and making the most out of each part of the journey. Our guide didn’t stick to any particular route or plan.

He said as soon as we got to the Marine Park, that was when he would decide which activity to do first. They do this to avoid other boat and tour companies to try to provide you with the most personalized experience possible.

Around us, you could see the glistening jagged peaks of the little islands spread all around us. Some had limestone rocks protruding, some had little stretches of white sandy beaches. It was truly a vision to see.

It’s no wonder Alex Garland, author of the iconic book, The Beach used this place along with Phi Phi island as his inspiration when writing about this Utopian Paradise. The water was an unreal color of blues and greens, just beckoning us to dive in and cool off.

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Snorkeling and Sea Kayaking in Ang Thong Marine Park

We stopped in one part of the island so we could enjoy the snorkeling. The staff and crew of the Anda quickly started preparing everything, ready for us to just jump in the water and enjoy.

They had top of the line snorkel gear and fins, which was a relief as in our experience, we usually end up with snorkel masks that fogged quickly and ill fitted fins. Here, everything was up to par to make sure we had a good time.

Our guide jumped in the water with us and led our group to his favorite spots around the small island, pointing at interesting things like giant clams and trigger fish along the way. While we didn’t get the best visibility while we were there, the water was still clear enough to enjoy a couple of hours snorkeling.

Around the marine sanctuary, there are a couple of areas which have great snorkeling, with one area even boasting of reef shark sightings when the visibility is good. After we got back on the boat, we had a quick freshwater shower and proceeded to a beach where we could enjoy some sea kayaking.

My word of advice, if you have the chance to, definitely go kayaking! Our guide led us through some rocky overhangs and a few cool caves and caverns. He even led us inside this tiny cave where the water between the ocean and the salt water lagoon passes through. It was definitely a great experience.

The kayaks were in great condition and were stored on a nearby island which was also nice to swim in.

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The Ang Thong Marine Park View Point

There are two viewpoints within the Ang Thong Marine Park, with each boasting stellar views. From the viewpoint that we went to, you could also see the emerald waters of the lake from where we were.

Interestingly enough, the entire lake is full of salt water and is due to a large sinkhole. When we got up to the top after scaling a series of steps and stairs, we couldn’t help but stop and gaze at the slew of islands glistening below us.

While the other view point gives you a much more direct view of the islands, the entire place was very picturesque and peaceful. The best part was that we were the only group that was there. Talk about perfect timing as earlier on, when we kayaked by, there were two other boat tour groups competing to get the perfect shot.

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Ang Thong Marine National Park Tour Review

Overall, this was an incredible experience. If you’re looking to splurge a little bit and see this beautiful marine park in style, I highly recommend booking a private, or even a semi-private tour.

This just gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace and see the group of islands without the hundreds of people who are trying to do the same. When it comes to the Adventure Seeker review, seeing the islands definitely has a WOW factor, especially when you first catch a glimpse of the emerald green waters.

Although the trip wasn’t much of a challenge, it was well worth the price tag, especially since we practically had the islands all to ourselves. Overall, good bang for your buck and is something I would do again given I had some extra money to spend.

Our Review: Ang Thong Marine Park Speed Boat Tour

If you're looking for an intimate and exclusive trip to see Ang Thong Marine Park, we definitely recommend going on a private tour. Everything from the crew, the equipment, down to the small touches of fresh fruit after every activity to laying down towels to make sure the boat's floor isn't too hot. The value that you receive for the small and intimate group which isn't run by any specific schedule makes the whole experience worthwhile. This is a highly recommended experience!

Small group setting
Stunning views
Great food
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Samui Boat Charter VIP Snorkeling Trip Inclusions

Throughout the day, we were given access to a cold cooler full of drinks, fresh fruit, and a hearty lunch. For lunch, unlike most boat companies, we stopped by a local village and ate in a restaurant in Koh Ploy serving traditional Thai food.

We were served a buffet meal made up of shrimp tempuras, sweet and sour chicken, salad, vegetables, soup, and fried rice. The food was delicious and was a great break from the usual pre-packaged fried rice and noodles that most tour groups serve.

Other Inclusions For the Trip Are:

  • Mini Bus Transfers
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Water
  • 2 Beers/ person
  • Soda
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Life Jackets
  • Top Notch Snorkeling Equipment
  • Full Insurance
  • Marine Park Fees

For up to date prices and information, head on over to the website of Samui Boat Charter.


Booking Ang Thong National Marine Park Tour

As mentioned, apart from this tour by Samui Boat Charter, you have a few other options if you want to book a private (or semi-private tour). Here are a few others that have fantastic reviews.

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14 thoughts on “Ang Thong National Marine Park Tour Review”

  1. Sounds like an incredible trip – I’ve heard amazing things about Ang Thong National Marine Park and how we have to go when we’re in Koh Samui later in the year – I just hadn’t looked into the logistics yet, so glad I stumbled across your post. I love that the charter tour takes in local restaurants for meals throughout the day – contributing to local villages is how we try to travel sustainably 🙂

  2. I was pretty excited looking at the picture of Anda. It is a beauty. Would love to zip in this boat to the Marine park. The views are really breathtaking. Kayaking and snorkeling also looks promising.

  3. Looks like a fun trip. Awesome tip about when to go – storing that little nugget away for future use. Great shot of the cave mouth looking out into the ocean.

  4. I did this on a group trip years ago and even with the crowds it is such a stunning place. I also loved the kayaking but to do it in style like this would definitely appeal to me. How fabulous. It is a shame their site does not give an immediate indication of prices though as that always puts me off a company.

    • It’s a private boat charter company which is why they don’t list their prices as it depends on how many people are going, etc. 🙂 As soon as you reach out to them, they are super prompt in getting back to you.

  5. It looks like a fun daytrip from KOh Samui. It looked like real paradise. I also liked that you gave the boat company an overall rating.


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