Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

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Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Ang Thong 1.jpg
Ang Thong National Park from the view point of Ko Wua Talap
Map showing the location of Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
Map showing the location of Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
Location in Thailand
Location Surat Thani Province, Thailand
Nearest city Surat Thani
Coordinates 9°37′22″N 99°40′30″E / 9.62278°N 99.67500°E / 9.62278; 99.67500Coordinates: 9°37′22″N 99°40′30″E / 9.62278°N 99.67500°E / 9.62278; 99.67500
Area 102 km²
Established 1980
Governing body National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Mu Ko Ang Thong is a marine national park in the Gulf of Thailand, at the shore of the Surat Thani Province. It covers 42 islands in a total area of 102 km², of which only 18 km² are land. The park was established on November 12, 1980. the northern tip of Ko Phaluai is also part of the marine park. There is a ranger station, bungalows, shop and restaurant at Ko Wua Talap at Ao Phi.

The name Ang Thong (Thai: อ่างทอง) means bowl of gold, while Mu Ko (หมู่เกาะ) simply means group of islands.

Since 2002 the park is also registered as Ramsar site number 1184.

Table of Islands[edit]

Nr Island Capital Other Cities Area (km²) Population[a]
1 Northern Ko Phaluai North beach Ranger Station 3 10
2 Ko samsao Ko samsao 0.85 0
3 Ko Wua Chio Ko Wua Chio 0.26 2
4 Ko Wua Talap Ang Thong Station Ao Phi 6.06 10
5 More Islands 7.5 0
Total: Mu Ko Ang Thong Ko Phaluai Ko Wua Talap 18 20

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Islands area and population data retrieved from the 2012 census

References[edit]

In contemporary culture, the marine park was the location for the island paradise in the novel The Beach by Alex Garland