Talay Nai (Literally ‘sea in island’)
Experience a day visiting Angthong National Marine Park and this will usually be the first item on your itinery.
This magical lagoon is inside the main island of Mae Kho and is 7m deep, 200m wide and 250m long. The lagoon is completely surrounded by limestone cliffs although it’s possible to reach the sea through underwater tunnels.
It is thought to have been created as the sea slowly eroded caves underneath the original island – eventually the caves could not support the weight above resulting in the collapse of the main peak and leaving this beautiful lagoon.
There are two good spots for taking photographs. The first is at lagoon level so you have to climb down – it takes about 10 minutes from the beach where you arrive – depending on the number of people. Once you get down you are almost at eye level with the water, it’s a beautiful view but you will need a wide angle lens or to stitch a panorama if you want to capture it to take home with you!
The second spot is the viewpoint on top of the island – this is quite a climb and although their is a walkway, the stairways used to reach the viewpoints are rather steep and narrow so watch your step and make sure the person in front (or behind you) has not been partying too hard the night before!)
Once you’ve taken your photographs you can head back down to the beach to chill out – or for the more energetic inclined you can take a kayak out and explore the island by sea.
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