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The Ang Thong Islands

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The 42 islands of Ang Thong National Marine Park stretch like a jewelled necklace of limestone cliffs, coral reefs and white-sand beaches to the west of Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan. Stunning natural scenery, both above water and below, draws large numbers of daytrippers along with a handful of travellers willing to rough it for a chance to get to know the chain of islands better.

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Declared a national park and officially protected against development in 1980, the Ang Thong (“Golden Bowl”) Islands remained largely pristine as hundreds of resorts and an airport were built on nearby Ko Samui. It’s permissible to set foot on only the larger islands, with hefty fines threatening anyone who tramples the delicate flora that grows on limestone surfaces of smaller islets. You can however snorkel off many of these – we found modest marine life and moderate visibility off the coast of Ko Wao Yai, at the far north of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,100 words.)

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