Thailand – thai people, thai food and thai sport – all put together to give the traveler a marvelous experience. One of the main attractions for the sporty type is Koh Samui, Thailand’s third largest island surrounded by a number of stunning inlets, each offering a destination complete with their very own characteristics and individuality. Koh Samui is a favorites for those who like the idea of hopping from one island to the next and sampling the many opportunities to go sailing or scuba diving, eat fresh seafood or merely lie back and chill on a deserted island.
Ang Thong has over 40 islands, all but one are uninhabited - a small number of sea-gypsies live on Koh Paluay and make their living from fishing in the local waters. The islands range in size from mere rocks jutting out of the ocean to beautiful little islands with the white sands and turquoise waters you normally only dream about. Stunning rock formations, mangrove forests, secret caves with hidden lagoons, plus the possibility to see Langurs, Macaques, Hairy-nosed otters, White-bellied seaeagles, collared kingfishers, Monitor lizards, and sea turtles make this area popular with tourists.
There are a number of tour operators who organize daytrips by sailing tours, ferry or speed boat with the option for kayaking once you're there. Most will take you to Koh Wao which is a shallow, sheltered bay protected by 3 islands and a grand place for snorkeling with colorful fish and corals. The water is warm and shallow enough to swim in and the bay is good-looking.
Stop off at Talay Nai and you get the chance to trek through dense rainforest and narrow ravines before reaching the viewpoint with astonishing scenes of the neighboring islands. Down the hill from here you'll come across Emerald Lake which was featured in the well-known movie The Beach , starring Leonardo DiCaprio. As most visitors come to the island for the diving opportunities it means that the accommodation is pretty good with a multiplicity of bungalows and hotels to suit all budgets and a wide range of international cuisines available.
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