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This marine national park is an archipelago of mostly deserted tiny dreamy islands in a turquoise and emerald sea. It's impressive how so small islands have so much vegetation - only in this place of the world I saw big bushes, almost trees, growing in rocks at the middle of the sea that had a surface of no more than 10 sq. meters and only 1.5 meters or less high.

It's located some Kms (2 or 3 hours by a slow boat) North West of the much touristic, but still very pleasant and charming island of Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand.

Ang Thong means "gold bowl" or "golden basin" in Thailand and it surely is a good name for the place.

The story of Alex Garland's novel "The beach" and the (not so interesting) film made with it clearly puts the island in this archipelago, however the filming was done in Phi Phi island, on the Andaman Sea, not far from Phuket.

The flowers and the colored clothes on the front of the boat are quite common in Thailand. As far as I remember, I read or heard anywhere that they are used to bring good luck. It seems that it worked for us, as the weather was kind of ugly (rainy and windy) when we left Samui in the morning and we had sunshine during the rest of the day until we went back, when the bad weather came again. I read somewhere that now the access to the park is restricted from October to December because the weather conditions can get really dangerous - good thing we didn't know that when we were there, as probably we would have hesitated taking the trip. I posted a WS showing the weather on the way back to Samui and the decoration of the front of the boat with some more detail.

I am aware of the poor quality of the scan, but as I like it so much (probably because it brings me so good memories that I can't see how unintersting it is really), I decided sharing it with you. Another reason is the little quantity of digital photos with any interest and minimal technical quality that I have available to post if I don't want to bother you everyday with Morocco. :-)

Being a scan, it's dificult to say exactly what I did in PP, as I have to make adjustments on the scanner software if I want an image that is worth for any PP. The scanned image had extremely low contrast, excess of blues and a bit of red too. I played a lot with color adjustment, saturation and contrast diferently on the rocks, the sea and the boat.

Oficial site of the park, on the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department of Thailand website (http://www.dnp.go.th): http://www.dnp.go.th/parkreserve/asp/style1/default.asp?npid=192&lg=2.

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