From Satun Province

Satun is a small coastal province facing the Indian Ocean. 80 percent of the population is Muslim and a pork dish is hardly available. Satun is located 973 kms. from Bangkok and occupies an area of 2,478 square kilometres, surrounded by Songkhla and Trang as well as the Malaysian state of Perlis. Most of the area is mountainous having the basin along the coast, and there are more than 60 offshore islands.

Satun is administratively divided into 6 districts and 1 sub-district: Amphoe Muang Satun, Amphoe Khuan Don, Amphoe Tha Phae, Amphoe Khuan Ka Long, Amphoe Langu, Ampoe Thung Wa, and King Ampoe Manang.

Tarutao National Park

Thailand’s first national marine park established in 1974 consists of some 50 islands to the west of Satun. Major attractions in the park are as follows:

Thailand’s first national marine park established in 1974 consists of some 50 islands to the west of Satun. Major attractions in the park are as follows:

Ko Tarutao the biggest island in the park where the park office is situated, used to be a prison for long-term punishment and political prisoners. The island contains several bays including Ao Phante Malaka with a hilltop viewpoint; Ao Mo Lae and Ao Son. The ruined prisons are found at Ao Talo Udang and Ao Talowao

Ko Adang and Ko Rawi situated 40 kms. west of Ko Tarutao are famous for beautiful beaches. There are several neighbouring islands such as Ko Li Pe where a sea gypsy village and coral reefs can be seen, Ko Hin Ngam which is full of shiny black pebbles along its beaches, and Ko Khai a small island with a natural stone arch.

Fascinating divine areas abound around Laem Chabang, Ko Khai and Hai Ngam. Boats depart form Pak Bara pier (60 kms. northwest of Satun) to Ko Tarutao daily during November to May. Contact the national park office (Tel. (074) 729002) in advance for accommodation on Ko Tarutao and Ko Adang.

Mu Ko Phetra National Park

The park is in the areas of two provinces: Satun and Trang. It consists of a long coastline from Amphoe Langu to Amphoe Thung Wa and several offshore islands such as Ko Phetra, Ko Khao Yai, Ko Lalobaentae, and Ko Perama. Boats to these islands are available from the Pak Bara Pier. Accommodation is available at the park office (3 kms. before Pak Bara) and on Ko Lidi. Private run bungalows are available on Ko Bulon.

Thale Ban National Park

This is located in the area of Amphoe Muang and Amphoe Khuan Don, having an outlook as a picturesque lagoon surrounded by high mountains. Attractions in the park include Namtok Rani, a small waterfall near the park office: Namtok Yaroi, a medium size waterfall located 7 kms. from Namtok Yaroi; Tham Lot Puyu, an aquatic grotto which can be reached by boat from Tammalang Pier, 9 kms. from town, and the Thai-Malaysian Border, only 2 kms. from the office of the park.

To get to the national park, drive along Highway No. 406 from town for 19 kms. and turn right to Route No. 4184 for another 20 kms. Accommodation is available.

Namtok Panan

This waterfall in the area of Tambon Thung Ka Long, consists of 10 levels and is surround by a pleasant forested area.

Ku Den Museum

Ku Den Museum is situated on Satun Thani Road, opposite the Satun Land Department Office. The two-story building received the influence of western styled architecture; particularly the windows and doors which are of Roman motifs. The roofs were designed in the Thai’s Panya style. The windows were assembled with narrow strips of boards arranged horizontally. The semi – circular clay tiles were used to cover the roofs. The ventilation at the upper-front of the building is decorated with star-shaped designs, imminently influenced by Muslim architecture. Phraya Phuminatphakdi, the former governor of Satun, built it in 1902 as his residence. The building was used as a city hall, though nowadays it serves as a museum housing antiques and artifacts and exhibiting the local art and culture.

Namtok Wang Sai Thong

Namtok Wang Sai Thong is on Ro Po Cho Road (Thung Nang Kaeo-Wang Sai Thong Road). The waterfall can be reached by taking the Satun-La-ngu Road at Ban Ko Ta junction, Tambon Kamphaeng. From there, it is about 26 kms. to Namtok Wang Sai Thong. Namtok Wang Sai Thong is also accessible from Wa Bridge in Thung Wa district, Tambon Pa Kae Bo Hin. This route is 19 kms. The highlight of this waterfall is the pool of water in each limestone basin that resembles a blooming lotus when water falls down to that level. The area has large shady trees and is suitable for relaxation.

Ko Li Di Lek

Ko Li Di Lek is located 5 kms. from the Office of Moo Ko Phetra National Park (Ao Nun), or 7 kms. from Pak Bara Pier. The National Park Protection Unit is located on this island. The island offers a white sandy beach and crystal clear water. The island also has mangrove forests and various kinds of marine animals. Tourists wishing to camp on the island must bring their own tents and food as there are no restaurants. Ko Li Di Yai, nearby Ko Li Di Lek, has bird nest concessions operated by the private sector and is off-limits to visitors.

Namtok Ya Roi

Namtok Ya Roi is a waterfall which runs from Hua Kraming forest. It is a nine-level waterfall, each possessing a swimming basin. To get there, take Highway No. 4148 (Khuan Sato-Wang Prachan) for 7 kms., then turn right for 700 meters.

Namtok Ton Plio

Namtok Ton Plio originates from the Chin Mountain. It is a large waterfall that comes down several levels and has an all-year-round water flow. To get there, drive on Highway No. 1484 (Khuan Sato-Wang Prachan) for about 12 kms. from the park headquarters, then take a laterite road at the junction for another 3 kms.

Ko Lipe

Ko Sipe or Ko Lipe is an island located 2 km to the south of Ko Adang. There is a community of Chao Le or sea dwellers here. Most families earn a living by fishing. During the period of three days and nights, around the middle of the sixth and eleventh lunar months, villagers of Chao Le origin will gather at Ko Lipe for a festive fair.

Most importantly, the villagers will built a boat from Rakam wood and perform a ceremony to float the boat, according to their belief in the prediction of their fishing. The prominent features of Ko Lipe are natural coral reefs, beauty of a vast open bay, and a powdered-sand beach. Ao Phattaya is a beautiful bay in a curved shape with a white fine beach, which is within a 15-minute walking distance from Hat Chao Le or Chao Le Beach. Accommodation run by private operators is available on the beaches.