National Park history

History of Mu Koh Angthong National Marine Park

The Angthong National Park was established on 12th November 1980. Mu Koh Ang Thong is an archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand. Most of the islands are close to each other making a breathtaking panorama sailing around the Angthong Marine Park. All the islands are of different sizes and shapes. Most of them are covered with tropical forests and named after their distinguishing geography, a kind of descriptive appellation, such as ‘Sleeping Cow Island’ and ‘Three Pillars Island’. Angthong, translates as ‘golden bowl’ is a protected nature area famous for its natural beauty. All of the islands are uninhabited and undeveloped except for one.

All of the islands consists of limestone mountains about 10-400 meters above sea level. Because the limestone can change its structure easily by both chemical condition and weather, during centuries the islands creates strange-looking caves, cliffs and some islands look like ancient Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Prasart Hin Pimai.

Part of the famous movie “The Beach” directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, took place at Angthong Marine Park an Phi Phi Islands. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and features Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle, Virginie Ledoyen and Guillaume Canet.