Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mu Koh Angthong Natinal Marine Park- GOOD!!!

4.Mu Koh Angthong Natinal Marine Park
it is an archipelago in the Gulf of Siam and consisting of 42 islands. i chose this tour because the the pic in the brochure really attracted me.

730am Pick up from hotel and go to jetty
800am Depart to Marine park. light breakfast is served.
10am arrive Wua Ta Lap Island. It is a big island where there are so many activities can be done there, eg: snorkeling, swimming, climb up to view point to see magnificent view, and if you want, you can even stay overnight there or you can just do nothing and sitting under coconuts and enjoy breezes (hot).

Facilities that available are : personal belongings taking care (FREE), nice toilet where you can shower after swimming or snorkeling ( very very important!!!), restaurant...

ps: For this tour, we only stopped at two islands, and only THIS island has all these facilities. The next island which is Mea Koh Island is not as developed as the previous island where there is no restaurant, but there has toilet, but the toilet is not allowed to shower. hence, if you swim or snorkeling there, you have to get wet all the way back to the land. this was what i did. Imagine, wet hair, water dripping, salty smell, sticky body... sitting in a ferry for almost 2 hours. This is the experience that i would NOT like to 'enjoy' again.

Moral of the story : Do more research before take a tour. It would be good if we go to Mae Koh Island , then only we go to Wu Ta Lap Island. Some of the tours provide this package. or at least, we were informed by tour guide first that we should swim/snorkeling in the first island because the second island doesnt have shower facilities. But, anyway, i really enjoy the trip and i can see the underwater world while snorkeling. fantastic experience and i began to understand why people would spend thousands just to dive into the sea. It is because it is really so........ Gorgeous and great experience.

If you are energetic, you MUST climb up a nature trail to see the impressive picturesque panorama of all the neighboring islands. There are total of 4 view platforms, and since im not energetic & adventurous, i only able to make it to the first view platform, because the way is very very steeply and i was wearing my slippers. According to peoples that managed to make it to the top, the view is really ....... breathtaking.

Picture take from the first view point. The beach is so beautiful.

Can you see that?! Crystal clear water. Gorgeous~~~

At about 12pm, we back to our ferry and enjoy Thai buffet lunch. Initially, looking at the food, it was really not appetizing. The Thai buffet was really simple - fried chicken, green curry and onion. but, to my surprise, actually the food was good, even better than my romantic seaside expensive dinner the night before.

After lunch, we dropped by the Mae Koh Island to see the gorgeous "Talay Nai' ( Lagoon). This is the reason i chose this tour. The emerald lagoon really attracts me.

Good things never come easily. Before i can see the lagoon with my own eyes, i had to climb up steep staircase, up & down, down & up. kind of scary too. Without a good & healthy body, can one come here?i wonder. better enjoy when you are young & at least keep yourself very fit & healthy, so that, you can see so many nice thing.

The water is really so green!!! looks like emerald. "Talay Nai" is a sink-hole lagoon 200m wide and 250 m long. It has emerald green water totally surronded by limestone bluffs, connected to the sea only by an underwater tunnel. It is presumed that it forms when land collapses into underground tunnels and cave systems.

It is very big and i cant believe that it is not sea, but lagoon. Someone told me that Lake Toba is even bigger than this. i wish i can go and have a look too.

There is a view point on top of the island. The view is very very nice too.

This was the ferry that took us for the trip - with food, drinks, toilet and wooden chairs. Can you see me snorkeling there? So nice!!! but too bad that my mum refused to join me because she doesnt want to get all the wet back to KOh Samui cos there is not showering facilities in this island.

whole day tour - 1700 baht per person ( include hotel pick-up, light breakfast, lunch, kayaking)

It is really a good experience!!!

1 comment:

Benny said...

I want to go too....