Reproduced with permission from Thailand 9 © 2001 Lonely Planet Publications.
Ang Thong National Marine Park
This archipelago of about 40 small scenic islands has breathtaking views of white-sand beaches,
limestone cliffs and hidden lagoons as the Emerald lagoon on Mea Koh island.
Ko Samui, Thailandís third largest island.
It is a part of the Samui Archipelo,
which contains also Ko Pha-Ngan, famous for itís full Moon parties
and Ko Tao, popular for diving and snorkeling.
Ko Samui has a legendary status like Goa and Bali.
But things are changing fast, so you have to search to find still somewhat of the old atmosphere.
The most authentic and tranquil beach in the North of Ko Samui is Hat Mae Nam (Maenam Beach).
Much more touristy and developed is Chaweng beach in the East of Ko Samui.
In the center of the island are also fine waterfalls and interesting temples,
like the most visited Temple of the Big Buddha.