The most impressive marine parks of Thailand

Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine Park, photo by Dmitry Teslya/flickr

Thailand is a wonderful country. It has some of the finest tourist attractions in the world. There are numerous cultural and natural attractions in the country and it is also rich in culture and history. Visiting Thailand is a lifetime experience. This spectacular Asian country attracts dozens of visitors every year due to its impressive cultural attractions, such as the Buddhist temples, its historic cities, the delicious Thai food, fine beaches, mountains, national parks and so on. There will be presented in this article the most impressive marine parks of Thailand. Some of the world’s best marine parks can be found here. These parks have breathtaking landscapes which make them worth visiting.

 

Mu Ko Similan

 

The Similan Islands is an archipelago consisting of nine islands situated in the Andaman Sea, being part of Phang Nga Province, southern Thailand. It is a national marine park which was established in 1982. Similan is one of the most famous diving sites in Thailand, and is also considered as one of the top ten dive destinations in the world. Three of the islands are closed for public due to turtle hatching protection program and reef conservation efforts. The underwater life is spectacular and abundant! There are gorgeous coral reefs here. Similan is very popular for its diving sites which are visited by dozens of divers. The landscapes are also spectacular. It is surely worth visiting!

 

Mu Ko Ang Thong

 

Mu Ko Ang Thong is a national marine park in the Gulf of Thailand, located at the shore of the Surat Thani Province. The archipelago contains 42 islands and covers a total area of 102 km², of which only 18 km² are land. The park was established in 1980. The name Ang Thong in Thai means bowl of gold, while Mu Ko means group of islands. The most attractive islands include Ko Wua Ta Lap, Ko Mae Ko, Ko Nai Put and Ko Wua Te. Fringed by rainforests, most of the islands comprise limestone masses reaching heights of up to 400 meters.

 

Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine Park, photo by Dmitry Teslya/flickr

 

Laem Son

 

Located in Ranong and Phangnga provinces, Thailand, Laem Son is a spectacular national marine park. It is situated about 60 km south of Ranong. With approximately 100 km of Andaman Sea coastline, it is Thailand’s longest protected shore. The park is named after the pines along the cape’s shore and was established in 1983. Laem Son presents some gorgeous beaches, mangrove swamps and rainforests. There are spectacular coral reefs in the waters. Two of the islands, Piak Nam Yai and Thao are famous for being home to the long-tailed macaques. The landscapes are stunning and the beaches are wonderful. For nature-lovers, it is the perfect place to visit.

 

Tarutao

 

The first marine park of Thailand is famous for its distinguished history and natural beauty. It is located in the Andaman Sea, bordering Mu Ko Phetra National Park in the north and the Thai-Malaysian sea border in the south. Tarutao consists of 51 islands and covers an area of 1.490 km². Ko Tarutao is the largest of the islands. It is 26.5 km long, and 11 km wide. The highest point of it is over 700 m and it is covered by forests in a percent of 60%.

 

Tarutao Marine Park, photo by Argenberg/flickr

 

Mu Ko Lanta

 

Mu Ko Lanta National Park is a national marine park situated in the southern part of Krabi Province. It consists of several islands. The two largest islands are Ko Lanta Noi and Ko Lanta Yai. Both of them are inhabited, Ko Lanta Yai being the primary tourist destination. The Mu Ko Lanta park was established in 1990 and covers a total area of 134 km².

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