For those of you whose body cannot function without a regular dose of “Vitamin Sea” and do not wish to be in a crowded place, Mu Ko Chumphon National Park will not be just a perfect place, but what you will find “paradise.”
The park’s area stretches out to cover mangrove forest, mountains, beaches, ocean, and islands allowing a broad range of fun activities to be experienced. The headquarter of the park itself sits in the center of a mangrove forest and provides an educational nature trail that leads you deep into the heart of the mangrove. But if that is not enough, you can rent a small boat to go around while taking a closer look at the plants and animals.
To switch the mode a little bit, get your fins and mask ready for some diving in the ocean. Mu Ko Chumphon consist of 40 gorgeous islands. Snorkelers usually visit Ko Mattra as the water is shallow so they can see the coral up-close and swim with schools of fish feeling like they are one of them. Ko Lak Raet that looks like a rhino does not have a sandy beach but is visited by a countless number of divers each year for its coral reefs and colorful sea flowers. Whale sharks are often spotted at Ko Ngam Noi and Ko Ngam Yai. Other tourists’ most favorites are Ko Chorakhe, Ko Thong Lang, Ko Lak Ngam, and Ko Langka Chio – all with different natural diversity making them unique and beautiful in their own ways.
Take Highway No. 4 (Phetkasem) from Bangkok heading to Chumphon. Turn left at Pathom Phon intersection and continue for 8 kilometers until you reach Chumphon town. Then take Highway No. 4001 for 13 kilometers and turn right to Hat Sai Ri. After 20 meters you will turn right again and continue for 9 kilometers on the Ban Mat Si-Hat Sai Ri Road before you see the entrance for the park office.
Takes a bus from Bangkok at the new Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai) to Chumphon. Once you get there, take a local bus to the park office’
Traveling Among Islands
Visitors can hire boats to travel among islands at the park office. These boats can fit up to 15 persons. Prices depend on the destination.