Ang Thong National Park – Thailand Sailing Tour | 3 Days | 12,000 baht
Our Ang Thong Sailing Adventure includes:
Gap Year Angthong Marine Park Adventure: Overview
35 nautical miles South West of Koh Tao lies Ang Thong National Park – one of the most spectacular destinations in Thailand. Angthong national park is a group of more than 40 small islands, mostly limestone formations with pristine beaches, turquoise bays and dense jungle.
Highlights of Ang Thong Marine Park include hiking up jungle covered slopes to ranger viewpoints to take in the scenery, visiting an inland saltwater lake (Tha Le Nai) and camping overnight on the beautiful Koh Wua Talap island. Ang Thong National Park is the setting of Alex Garland’s fictional novel ‘The Beach’.
There’s no better way to appreciate the natural beauty of Angthong than by making a Thailand sailing tour of the marine park, exploring the islands and staying overnight on one of the beautiful beaches.
From our base on Koh Tao, we make three day sailing tours to Ang Thong National Park aboard SY Yun Khan, spending two nights on Koh Wua Talap island which gives us plenty of time to explore this amazing paradise. This is a truly unforgettable experience – make sure you bring a camera!
Ang Thong National Park Sailing Expedition: Itinerary
There are so many great attractions to see in Ang Thong National Park that we can't possible fit them into one three day sailing trip!
We tailor the itinerary to the group - we're flexible and can discuss the highlights of Angthong and you can choose which you want to visit. Plus some attractions are only possible with certain weather conditions (such as checking out the sea caves etc), so we need to take the weather and sea state into consideration when drawing up our schedule.
This is a typical sample itinerary to give you a better idea of how our Ang Thong National Park trips run:
N.B. Regarding meals on the Ang Thong Trip, all lunches aboard the yacht are provided. Breakfast and dinner each day are taken in the Park Rangers restaurant on Koh Wua Talap - there is a menu of food and drinks, so to keep things simple you choose and pay for your own breakfast and dinner.
Day 1: Sailing to Ang Thong National Park
We depart early morning from Koh Tao, making the relaxing 35 mile transit across to Ang Thong National Park. Meals and refreshments are served en route.
We’ll pass through the group of islands giving you plenty of opportunity to take in the spectacular scenery and snap some great photos, working our way towards our eventual destination of Koh Wua Talap island (‘sleeping cow island’). We’ll disembark onto the island, and you’ll have a chance to explore on foot, enjoying dinner in the evening at the rangers station. The park rangers prepare comfortable tented accommodation for us directly on the beach – fitted with mosquito nets, mattresses and blankets.
Day 2: Exploring Angthong Marine Park
Following breakfast at the ranger station we’ll make the climb up to Koh Wua Talap’s view point 300M above sea level. During the climb you can see Spectacled Langurs (a small species of monkey), but make sure you bring some comfortable footwear; near the top of the climb we scale an area of sharp limestone rock which is best not attempted in flip-flops! The effort is more than worth it – on reaching the viewpoint you’re rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of the marine park, one of the most incredible sights in all of Thailand
After snapping a few photos at the summit we make our way back down to the slope and explore the Bua Boke Cave (‘swaying lotus cave’), located about 1km from the ranger center. The limestone cave has impressive columns, stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Next we jump aboard the yacht, and enjoy lunch en route to our next attraction - the 'inner sea' salt water lagoon at Tha Le Nai island. We'll scale some stairs to climb up over the limestone wall of the island to reveal a turquoise lagoon hidden in the interior of the island. It's connected to the ocean only by a an underwater tunnel, and is completely enclosed by limestone cliffs.
Finally we'll sail back to Koh Wua Talap in time for dinner, relaxing and enjoying a few cold beers as night falls.
Day 3: Return Voyage to Koh Tao, Thailand
Following breakfast at the ranger station, we'll board the Yun Khan yacht for the sail back to Koh Tao. You'll have the chance to take a few last photos as we sail through the islands, then make the ocean crossing back to Koh Tao by early evening. Lunch will be served onboard.