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Day 12 – Koh Ang Thong Marine Park


And we had arrived at the first beach we would rock during our 40 day trip. Despite my experiences so far I hadn’t seen anything when it came to beauty.

Perfection to the left

Perfection to the left...

...perfection to the right

...perfection to the right

I think this may be my favorite beach in the world. It’s not massive, or super long, but it didn’t need to be because it was all ours. After 3-pm every day we would have the entire island to ourselves. We’ll to be honest we had to share it with the wild howler monkeys!

These wild monkeys were cool to watch and made a lot of noise during the day

These wild monkeys were cool to watch and made a lot of noise during the day

The water in Thailand is somehow always at the perfect temperature, always refreshing and never too cold. There was also a bunch of little fishies swimming near the sides of the beach and if you sat still on a rock in the water they’d come and check you out.

The beach was also set up with a nice volleyball net which resulted in some great games. We also set up our own ‘games’ of beer darts, and my all time favorite drinking game beer Frisbee.

How to play beer Frisbee.

-Set up two sticks vertically about 25 feet apart (we used bamboo but ski poles work awesome too)

-Place an empty bottle or can of beer on top of each pole.

-Break into two teams and stand behind the poles

-Take turns throwing the Frisbee at the other teams pole

– if you hit the pole and the can falls to the ground the whole defending team must take a drink

-if you hit just the can/bottle and it falls to the ground the whole defending team must chug their beer

-if after the pole or can is hit the defending team catches it before it hits the ground, the drinks are reversed.

-if you miss the pole/can and the other team catches the Frisbee the thrower must take a drink

-if you attempt to catch the Frisbee but you drop it you must take a drink

-if you throw it too high or too far away to be catchable then you must take a drink

The island wasn’t just a beach it also had our living quarters, a really nice place to set up our hammocks, a restaurant and a bar.

The only restaurant on the island served awesome food

The only restaurant on the island served awesome food

My favorite part about staying on this island was how simple, free and joyful life was. The best was just going down to the beach with friends at night, grabbing some drinks, putting on some awesome music, looking at the stars, having some laughs, and just enjoying the simple pleasures of life. One night we even brought our hammocks down to the beach, tied them to the palm trees setting up a little hammock village and slept under the stars.

One of the more stunning things you can find on the right beach in Thailand can be seen in the water at night. If you’ve seen the movie the beach you might be able to guess what it is. When we moved our hand through the water at night, there would be a trail of tiny glowing phosphorescence lighting up behind it. It was really something!

One night on the beach we played a game of truth or dare. When you’re on vacation there tends to be a few more dares than truths. I won’t get into all the embarrassing (sometimes hot) things the others had to do but for some of my more notable dares I had to perform a backstreet boys song for the group and then play a game of volleyball… by myself… completely nude. (Sorry no pictures of that :D)

During the day we took a hike up to the Koh Ang Thong viewpoint. It was a pretty long and slightly dangerous hike but when we got to the top we saw a view that was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The pictures don’t even begin to do it justice.

Stunning...

Stunning...

We stayed up here for a long time soaking it all in

We stayed up here for a long time soaking it all in

By far the most beautiful viewpoint I’ve seen.
This island will always be one of my favorite destinations in the world, but after a few days it was time to move on to Ko Phangan, the place we would spend the most days at during the trip.

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  • Vlado

    I was there in Jan 2011, the climb was difficult, but breath taking and rewarding.