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.

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