Which tour to Angthong  is better to choose

 

National marine park Angthong (Ang Thong means “golden bowl”) is one of the most interesting and beautiful sea tours from Koh Samui. This “paradise” inspired Alex Garland to write his bestseller “The Beach”.

It should be mentioned that this voyage is not good for examining the underwater world – sea water in Angthong is not clear enough (with greenish tint), there are only few coral reefs (some tours offer snorkeling time at islands Koh Wao or Koh Tay Plaow where you can find small coral reef), but for good snorkeling experience you’s better go to Koh Tao.

We advise you to visit this incredible place after having read our recommendations. Because small surcharge for an alternative tour can completely change your impressions of this wonderful place.

So at first, you should decide what kind of voyage is interesting for you – private or group tour.

Group tours (sorting by price)

Tour on Thai boat

Samui Island TourLarge boat with three decks. On the middle deck you can comfortably have breakfast or lunch and on the upper deck you can enjoy sea views and sunbathe (do not forget to take your sunblock cream!). There are many tourists on the boat but due to much space, the boat will not be overcrowded.

Departure from Nathon at 08.30 AM, that is half an hour earlier than departure of speed boat, the travel time to Anthong by Thai boat is an hour an a half  (the speed boat reaches Angthong within an hour). So the duration of the whole program is the same as speed boat tour.

You will visit 2 islands – Mae Koh with Emerald lake and Wua Talap and can choose tour with or withour kayaking.

Advantages:

  • – This is the most budget variant – the price of tour without kayaking but with inluded entrance fee – 1300 Baht per person (with kayaking – 1850).
  • – The best choice if the sea is not calm – the Thai boat runs more smoothly than speed boats. And even if speed boat tours are cancelled due to bed weather conditions, Thai boat can safely head to Anthong.
  • – This is the only variant which allows you to stay at Wua Talap as many nights as you wish without any surcharge. The more information on “Romantic night at Angthong” is described on out web site.
  • Price: 1300 Baht (without kayaking), 1850 Baht (with kayaking). The entrance fee to Angthong is included.
  • Departure: 08.30 AM.
  • Arrival: 4.30 PM.

Tour on ordinary speed boat

Angthong marine parkThe most popular tour. The price varies from 1600 to 1900 Baht per person. Entrance fee to Anthong (300 Baht for adult and 150 Baht for a child) is paid extra.

The speed boat (with two or three engines) reaches marine park withing an hour. The departure for piers in Bang Rak, Maenam and Fisherman village of Koh Samui or from pier of Koh Phangan.

The itineraries vary slightly: visiting of Emerald lake is inluded in each program, and the second island for visiting can be Wua Talap (with viewpoints and a cave) or Paluay (the other name is Sam Sao) with a good seafood resturant.

All tours include a stop for snorkeling near Koh Wao or Koh Tay Plaow (with small coral reef). You can choose a tour with or without kayaking.

Advantages:

  • – The fastest variant to reach Angthong
  • – The opportunity to choose from various programs and piers (on Koh Samui and Koh Phangan)
  • – You can book tour from Koh Samui and return to Koh Phangan (and vice versa) with a small surcharge of 300 Baht per person
  • – You can book a combined program: Angthong + elephant trekking
  • – You can book tour “Romantic night in Angthong” on speed boat from Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

Disadvantages:

  • – When the sea is rough, the boat is swayed worse, that is why it is better to sail on boat with 3 engines (especially if you are going to sail with children)
  • – The price for a child depends on the height of the kid. If the child is higher than 120 cm (or sometimes 130cm), a ticket for adult should be bought (the age is not taken into consideration). If your child looks older (higher) than he really is, adult price wil be taken.
  • Price: 1600 – 1900 Baht with kayaking. Entrance fee (300 Baht) is paid extra. Tour without kayaking is also available.
  • Departure: 9.00 AM.
  • Arrival: 4.00 PM.

Detailed itinerary of tour Full day tour to Angthong

Tours on a comfortable speed boat with a small number of passengers on board

Five-star tours to AngthongIf you want private and more comfortable voyage, we can offer tours on a comfortable (with toilet) speed boats which can take on board only up to 12 guests  (Five-star tour to Angthong) or 14 guests (VIP tour).

During “Five-star tour” you  depart later than other speed boats – at 9.30 AM and come back at 5 PM, thus avoiding crowds of tourists.

The tour focuses on snorkelling – the first long stop for snorkeling and swimming is near Koh Wao. The second stop is Koh Mae with Emerald lake, and then you will have  private lunch and kayaking on a deserted island.

The most popular island of the archipelago you will visit at the end of the cruise when most of tourists leave it. You will be able to enjoy the sights from the viewpoints, visit caves and relax on the beach only with your group. The price cannot be lower if you won’t go kayaking. Your food preferences, including vegetarian,  will be taken into account.

Price of Five-star tour: 4950 Baht, departure daily at 9.30 AM, arrival at 5.00 PM.

VIP tour has a similar program and excellent service. If you are staying in the north-west of Koh Samui, you will be taken on board right from the beach near your hotel. At the end of the program you will have wonderful lunch at seafood restuarant of Koh Paluay (the other name is Sam Sao) with kayaking and rexlaxing on the beach – that is the main difference from Five-star tour. All boats are equipped with GPS, sound-systems, toilets and showers with fresh water. This is the only company that reaches the island of James Bond.

Price of VIP tour: 4300 Baht, departure daily at 9.30 AM, arrival at 5.00 PM.

Tour n a comfortable catamaran Seahorse. New!

Catamran SeahorseThanks to the powerful engine, www.excursionsonsamui.com/tour/seahorse-angthong/">catamaran Seahorse reaches Angthong within 1 hour and 45 minutes (that is 45 minutes longer than on a speed boat but much more comfortable).

This is an ideal variant of cruise for families with children because catamaran is equipped with trampolines and water slide. Here everybody will find what they like – to jump on the trampoline, have fun on the slide, swim on a paddle board, or snorkle in the turquoise waters of the sea.

The maximum number of guests on board — 20 people!

You will have standard program – visiting Koh Mae with Emerald lake and Koh Wua Talap.

 

Advantages:

  • – Large comfortable catamaran with powerful engine that allows you to reach Angthong within 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • – Not more than 20 guests on board
  • – Various entertainments on board
  • – You will have additional stops for swimming and water sliding
  • – Ideal variant for families with children
  • Price: 2900 Baht. Entrance fee (300 Baht) is paind extra, departure each Thursday
  • Departure: 9.00 AM
  • Arrival: 4.30 PM

Tours on boutique yacht Naga (extra cruises on sailing yacht “www.excursionsonsamui.com/tour/sailing-yacht-olina/">O’Lina“)

Yacht NagaThe unique semi-private tour on a large sailing boutique yacht Naga. The maximum number of adults on board is 30 people plus 4 children.

The main point of this tour is not examining the islands, it is mainly sailing on a large comfortable yacht where you can sunbathe, relax and enjoy wonderful Thai cuisine and stunning sea views.

You will reach Angthong within 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The programs includes visiting of Koh Mae with Emerald lake and Koh Wua Talap, swimming from board of yacht. Kayaking is not inluded.

This tour combines full day tour to Angthong with sunset cruise, you will return with sails raised in the rays of setting sun. This cruise is the real relaxation for the whole family!

  • Price: 4200 Baht. Enrance fee to Angthong is included. Without kayaking.
  • Each Tuesday and Thursday. Additional cruises at Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Departure at 8.00 AM, arrival at 6.30.

 

Tour on a sailing yacht Red Baron

www.excursionsonsamui.com/tour/private-charters-red-baron-samui/">Парусник Red Baron, СамуиA wonderfull tour on a large junk boat www.excursionsonsamui.com/tour/red-baron-angthong-marine-park-cruise/">“Red Baron” with scarlet sails. Maximum number of adults on board – 60 passengers.

The main point of this tour is not examining the islands, it is mainly sailing on a large comfortable yacht where you can sunbathe, relax and enjoy wonderful Thai cuisine and stunning sea views.

You will reach Angthong within 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The programs includes visiting of Koh Mae with Emerald lake and Koh Wua Talap, swimming from board of yacht. Kayaking is not inluded.

This tour combines full day tour to Angthong with sunset cruise, you will return with scarlet sails raised in the rays of setting sun. This cruise is the real relaxation for the whole family!

 

  • Price: 3750 Baht. Entrance fee to Anthong is included. Without kayaking.
  • Each Thursday.
  • Departure at 8.30 AM.
  • Arrival at 6.30 PM.