Amanta Resources Ltd.

Amanta Resources Ltd.

March 16, 2005 12:25 ET

Amanta Resources Ltd. Commences Exploration Programs at the Langu Gold Prospect, Southern Thailand


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FOR: AMANTA RESOURCES LTD.

TSX VENTURE SYMBOL: AMH

MARCH 16, 2005 - 12:25 ET

Amanta Resources Ltd. Commences Exploration Programs
at the Langu Gold Prospect, Southern Thailand

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2005) - Amanta
Resources Ltd. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AMH) is pleased to announce
the commencement of the planned systematic mapping and soil sampling
program at its Langu property in the southern Thai province of Satun.
The program will cover the 25 km2 Special Prospecting License (SPL) area
granted by the Thai Ministry of Industry, including the 16 ha. Discovery
Quarry where earlier outcropping high grade 'Carlin-style' gold
mineralization had been recognized and sampled.

The systematic sampling program in the SPL areas is aimed at locating
extensions of the known mineralization and to delineate targets for
further detailed work and future drilling programs. Up to 2500 samples
will be collected during the survey, which will be completed in
approximately three months.

The mapping and sampling program has been contracted to Right Tunneling
Co. Ltd., a Bangkok based engineering firm. Assay of the samples will be
performed at Mineral Assay and Services, MAS, in Bangkok. The Company's
Technical Management staff will supervise the program.

Langu is a gold exploration project centered around an outcropping
mineralized area with high grade replacement style, sediment hosted gold
in Devonian limestone and shale. Rock samples previously taken in
outcropping decalcified limestone of the Discovery Quarry, an old
stibnite working, returned assayed values ranging from 4.15 g/t to 36.8
g/t Au, while samples from abandoned quarried stockpile materials had
values as high as 153.5 g/t Au.

A tentative strike length of the mineralization in the Discovery Quarry
of some 250 meters has been established, while mineralized float
(stibnite ore with 12 - 14 g/t Au) has been identified some 2000 meters
distant, along a NNE-SSW strike controlled by a high angle fault.

Amanta is presently finalizing contracts for the initiation of the first
phase of its planned drilling programs which will commence in the
vicinity of the Discovery Quarry. A total of about 2,000 metres of
diamond drilling are proposed for this phase.

Amanta Resources Ltd. is focused on mineral exploration, development and
production in Thailand and the Southeast Asian region. The Company's
strategy is to concentrate on the systematic evaluation of known mineral
occurrences, rather than "greenfields" exploration, creating early
opportunities to finance and develop mines.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF AMANTA RESOURCES LTD.

Gerald D. Wright, President

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    Amanta Resources Ltd.
    Patrick Cauley
    (604) 730-9505
    (604) 738-4080 (FAX)
    info@amantaresources.com
    www.amantaresources.com
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