The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 8: Angthong Marine Park

Join Thor and me as we take a cruise from Koh Samui to the stunning islands and clear blue sea of the national marine park.

NOTE: “And now for something completely different.” Thor and I made our first trip to Asia — the beautiful country of Thailand.  We were lucky to squeak through the pandemic flight closures in January/February of 2020 as we returned from our three-week trip. Since more travel has now become a distant prospect, we hope you’ll take a virtual vacation with us in the following weeks. (This blog series started on June 13.) I’m still recuperating from surgery, so I’ll keep this post brief.

As I mentioned last week, Thor and I had hoped to scout out potential winter digs on the island of Koh Samui, but quickly realized it was way too crowded and the swimming unpleasantly murky and weed-choked, possibly from pollution due to overdevelopment. So we decided to go with the flow and just enjoy being among the tourists flocking to the former paradise. We signed up with Mr. Tu’s Cruises for a day trip to the still mostly-pristine islands of the Angthong Marine Park. These islands and waters escaped the development craze due to being the preserve of the Thai Royal Navy until recently, and there are only a few resorts. The islands and sea are stunningly beautiful.

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The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 8: Angthong Marine Park — 4 Comments

    • It was amazing. We were really bummed that the new camera wasn’t set properly, and we missed the really outstanding corals, etc. But at our other snorkel destination we’ll see in upcoming posts, we got plenty of shots and lots of fish.

  1. I loved the big round granite boulders and the clear blue water. Sara and I have a quest to find the perfect warm water snorkeling spot. We call it “Seeking Clarity”.

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