Excursions from Chaloklum
Once you are in Chaloklum and have been relaxing on the beaches for a while, you might want to see a bit of the surroundings of this beautiful fisherman village. A great way to explore the nearby Angthong Marine Park
is a two day trip on a sailing boat with Bruno. Bruno is a Frenchman who lives in Chaloklum for many years and he knows the waters around the 42 islands of the national marine park like the back of is hand. His boat is a 18.5 meter wooden sailing boat with a lot of space! Three bunk cabins under deck and two large bunk beds in the salon, plus many cozy places on deck, give you a wide choice on where you would like to sleep.
The trip starts at 08:00 in the morning from Chaloklum. The Angthong Marine Park is about three hours away from Koh Phangan and the journey is filled with new impressions of the Gulf of Thailand and the smell of bacon and eggs, getting readied for a large breakfast. Once everybody has settled in and all the personal belongings have found a storage room, the smell of fresh coffee is signaling that breakfast is ready. After breakfast we are almost at the marine park and we can see the the first islands with their bizarre shapes, carved by water and millions of years. Some funny rock formations in the shape of an elephant head or a sailing boat pass by.
The Boat is gently traveling through quiet waters along some stunning rock formations and literally hundreds of small sandy tropical beaches. We have reached the place where the story of famous book “The Beach” has really taken place! Some fresh, cool beers have made their way out of the cooler boxes and the mood aboard is great. We are ready to start our exploration tours. On colorful kayaks and the little dingy, we leave the boat and start circling one of the islands in the south of the Angthong national marine park. Or goal is to find an entrance into a hidden lagoon, inside the island. As climbing is not an option because of the sharp rocks, we are trying to find another way in. Although this time we are not lucky because of the tide, we will try the next island tomorrow.
The following day, after breakfast, we have a morning swim and we go to explore some beaches first. We also try to find an other ‘secret lagoon’. While this time there is a way into the lagoon over land, it still is a bit of climbing to get there. Unfortunately, the lagoon had only little water left and it was a rather muddy experience. A huge tree on the beach, full with two different colors of flowers, made up for it though.
Back on the boat we are hungry and lunch is getting ready. Soon after lunch we move to another island and to new adventures. The kayaks and the dingy are tied to the rear of the boat so we don’t have to lift them up and down every time we stop. When we arrive at our next destination, we can already see from the outside of the island that we’re going to have more luck here. The small entrance into the lagoon is clearly visible from the boat. And this time we make it all the way in! A beautiful hidden lake inside the bizarre, sharp rock formation, full with tiny fish,opens up in front of us. The entrance is very narrow and full of sharp shells and rocks so that we’re advised to keep our limbs inside the boat and our heads down.
At 3 O’clock in the afternoon it’s time to haul the kayaks in and make way towards Koh Phangan, back to Chaloklum. On the way back the atmosphere on board the Itsaramaï
is relaxed, the last beers get shared and everybody has a big smile on the face. We are back in Chaloklum at sunset and leave the boat with a little tear in the eye. I’m sure we’ll all be back one day for another Angthong Marine Park Safari. Have a look and enjoy the photos of our Angthong tour below. For Bookings and reservations call +66 (0)872 680940 and ask for Bruno
For Angthong Marine Park Live Aboard Safaris on a charter yacht from Koh Tao or from Koh Samui, have a look at Island Cruises yacht charter company in Koh Tao.