This the recommend place that you should not miss when come to Thailand especially Top View Point cause you can see Gulf top view on 500 m. not far but very steep so take 30-45 minutes to claim .
When I was researching my Ang Thong visit it seemed virtually all tour companies make a stop at KO WUA TALAP and kO MAE KOH. However I noticed one outfit out of KO PHANGAN missed one of these for a snorkeling stop... More
When I was researching my Ang Thong visit it seemed virtually all tour companies make a stop at KO WUA TALAP and kO MAE KOH. However I noticed one outfit out of KO PHANGAN missed one of these for a snorkeling stop elsewhere. The return climb to the HIGH LOOKOUT can be done in an hour without rushing and most tours seem to give 3 hours to this headquarters island - which leaves enough time for FIT PEOPLE to also do the return climb to the LOTUS CAVE and grab a bit of beach time afterwards. People of normal fitness should maybe only do one and our tour leader suggested to give the LOTUS CAVE a miss - it takes as long and is as tough (it's shorter, equally steep but technically harder) for far less reward. Having done both, I concur. My first visit in the 90s, I managed to do both in the one afternoon - and both tracks were less developed and tougher. I was a very fit 50s something then. Latest visit I'm a very fit 70s something and found the initial climb to the high lookout was so tough (I did it non-stop without using the rope assists - as a fitness activity) and tiring I was glad I was staying overnight in a tent and had next day to do the cave. Some speedboat trips may give more than the usual 3 hours on the island - I researched** only SLOW BOATS because I am sick of rough, uncomfortable, often wet and noisy long distance speedboat trips. My slowboat company SAMUI ISLAND TOUR did a good job - btw I think this is the same outfit VIATOR uses for its customers. ** The most economical way for campers and bungalow stayers to get to the island is by way of one of the daytour boats. It's also lotsa fun on account you do all the things the daytrip customers do - but over 2 days.