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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2018

SAMUI ISLANDS OF

SAMUI ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE Within the protected archipelago of 42 karst islands lie beaches surrounded by exuberant greenery and coconut palms trees, saltwater lakes with deep blue hues, and amazing dive spots skittering with marine life, particularly at Ang Thong National Marine Park. Paving a clear path to these wonders are numerous travel agencies with various itineraries from Samui to Ang Thong islands. A Typical journey starts in the morning with Koh Mae Koh as a highlight stop. You’ll be mesmerised by a pristine emerald lake in the middle of a limestone mountain, forming a crater-like Right Daytrippers can easily rent a boat for the short trip to a quiet piece of paradise at Koh Mudsum. Below, Moving Right Aerial view shows inviting shorelines. Snorkellers view thriving marine life in crystalline waters. Pandanus seacones in green and red grow wild around Koh Mudsum. Constant calm seas ensure easy rowing for sea kayakers. lagoon resulting from rock erosion and a cavern collapse. Climbing up 500 metres will reward you with an unparalleled panoramic view in the Gulf of Thailand. An amazing experience kayaking and snorkelling around Koh Tai Plao and other bizarre-looking islets from the north to the south of the national park. Most day trips include lunch, soft drinks, snorkelling gear and life vests. 45 minutes by speedboat from Nathon Pier to Ang Thong National Marine Park. More information at lomprayah.com; +66 (0) 77 420 121 As a further treat, camping and staying overnight on Koh Wua Talap is an option. A tent, light torch, a sleeping bag and mosquito net are available for rent. In the morning, you’ll have sightings of black tip reef sharks and rays, with a small fishing village within view. Contact Ang Thong National Marine Park at +66 (0) 77 286 025 BEACH DELIGHT Koh Mudsum, a hidden gem, displays itself out in a glorious 43-rai cape. Private sunbathing and romantic moments serve their best purpose here. On the other side of the island, catch the sheen of granite pebbles that wash up on shore for more island ambience. Travel to Koh Taen around noon and find delight in the colourful fish and corals before trekking through the natural trails and mangrove forests, absorbing the cultures of the local islanders along the way. End your perfect night during sunset with savoury barbecue and dinner set menus. Take a speedboat (10 minutes) or long-tail boat (15 minutes) from Thong Krut pier to Koh Mudsum. Book the trip at Angthong Sea Tour; +66 (0) 77 960 665, +66 (0) 81 894 0581 or email: ang.thongseatour@hotmail.com 68 69