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Satun is a small province in the south of Thailand that borders Malaysia, facing the Andaman Sea. The province possesses renowned picturesque islands with verdant forests and mountainous land. The majority of the locals are Muslim. It is located 973 kilometres from Bangkok and occupies an area of 2,478 square kilometres with 80 kilometres of coastline.

Most tourists head out to the pristine islands of Tarutao National Park. Its landscape is full of underwater peaks, excellent beaches, calm and peaceful coves, jungle and mangrove swamps. Snorkelling can be found at Lipe island, while neighbour Adnag island is stunning with forest, hills and waterfalls.

Around Satun, there are plenty of interesting sights, including dove farms, forest parks and huge waterfall. Thale Ban National Park is famous for its abundant wildlife, with many waterfalls and caves worth visiting.

 

Satun Attractions

Satun Art, Culture and Heritage

Old Buildings on Buri Wanich Road

Attraction Details :

Old Buildings on Buri Wanich Road Located on Buri Wanich Road in Satun municipality area, the 600 meter long row houses provide a pedestrian walkway that is shaded by the upper floor. The front of the concrete walled houses consist of three parts: the Roman styled color glass arch at the top, the wooden board Venetian blinds in the middle, and the solid concrete bottom. These buildings, previously called Phraya Phumin Phakdi’s Row houses, were built during the same period as Ku Den Museum. Now some of the houses have been dismantled but most parts still remain.

Satun National Museum – Kuden Mansion

Attraction Details :

Satun National Museum or 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.

Satun Nature and Wildlife

Koh Bulon Le

Attraction Details :

Koh Bulon Le is located 22 kms. from Pak Bara Pier. The beach is white and the water here is suitable for swimming. Diving and snorkeling can be done around Koh Ayam and Koh Hin Khao, where one can get a great view of the sunset. At night a group of hermit crabs and smaller crabs populate the beach.

Koh Lidi Lek

Attraction Details :

Koh Li Di Lek is located 5 kms. from the Office of Moo Koh 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. Koh Li Di Yai, nearby Koh Li Di Lek, has bird nest concessions operated by the private sector and is off-limits to visitors.

How to get there :

By Other

To hire a boat, contact the park’s headquarters. Rental fee is about 700 Baht per boat.

Laem Tanyong Po and Hat Sai Yao

Attraction Details :

Laem Than Yong Po and Hat Sai Yao are located at the estuary of Satun Bay and can be reached by boarding a boat for the 1-hour trip from Ko Nok Customs Office or at a pier behind Satun Central Market. Travelling by bus is also possible by riding a bus for 7 kms. to Che Bi Lang Pier, then turn left and continue another 15 kms. to Tan Yong Po. Laem Than Yong Po is a promontory jutting into the Andaman Sea. Tourists are lured here by the fascination of the fishermens’ village and a powdery, white sand beach fringed with a large area of coconut grove.

Bung Thale Ban

Attraction Details :

Bung Thale Ban is a large swamp that is situated in the middle of a valley and surrounded by Chin and Wang Pra mountains. The swamp covers an area of 320 square kilometers and is full of freshwater fish and shells. There is an abundance of Bakong trees around the swamp. The park built a pavilion beside the swamp, which is an ideal place for recreation.

Koh Bulon Le

Attraction Details :

Koh Bulon Le is located 22 kms. from Pak Bara Pier. The beach is white and the water here is suitable for swimming. Diving and snorkeling can be done around Koh Ayam and Koh Hin Khao, where one can get a great view of the sunset. At night a group of hermit crabs and smaller crabs populate the beach.

Koh Langkawi

Attraction Details :

Koh Langkawi Tourists who want to visit Langkawi Island in Malaysia can board boats from Tam Ma Lang Pier, which is located 5 kms. from town. For information contact the Thai Ferry company tel: 0-7472-2143, 0-7473-0050-1, fax: 0-7471-1782 or Satun Travel and Ferry Company tel: 0-7471-1453, 0-7472-1960.

Koh Sipe or Koh Lipe

Attraction Details :

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 Koh 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.

Muko Phetra National Park

Attraction Details :

Mu Ko Phetra National Park The sampan shaped island is situated on the Straits of Malacca, Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean, west of Thailand. It consists of a long coastline from Tambon Pak Nam, La-ngu district, Tambon Khon Khlan, Thung Wa distict, Satun and Tambon Sukon, Pa Lian district, Trang. The several off-shore islands include Ko Phetra, Ko Khao Yai, Ko La Lo Ban Te, Ko Li Di, Ko Bu Loan, Ko Lao Liang, and Ko Perama. Most of the area consists of steep mountains with plains in the valleys and beaches. The park occupies both land and sea areas, with an area of 494.38 sq. kms. It was declared a national park on December 31, 1984 and is full of forest, mountains, wildlife, and colorful corals.

How to get there :

By Other

The park’s headquarters is 56 km from the town of Satun and located at the vast and open bay called “Ao Nun,” around 3 km before the Pak Bara Pier. Take Highway 416 and turn left at Km 6 – 7 for another 1.4 km. The park is 7 km from Amphoe La-ngu.
To visit other islands in the park area, visitors can hire a boat at the Pak Bara Pier. To visit Ko Bulon, a ferry leaves the Pak Bara Pier everyday at 1.30 and 3.30 p.m., and returns from the island the next day at 9.00 and 12.00 a.m. A return trip costs 300 Baht per person. There is no ferryboat to Ko Lidi. Visitors are required to use a charter boat service available at the Pak Bara Pier. The rental boat costs 800 – 1,600 Baht per day. For more information, contact the Tourism Business Operators Club of the Pak Bara Pier at Tel. 0 7478 3368, 08 1278 1930, 0 7478 3338.

Satun Freshwater Fisheries Office

Attraction Details :

Satun Freshwater Fisheries Office is at Moo 7, Tambon Kamphaeng. The Fisheries Office is a nursing home of rare Kradan turtles that can be only be found here in all of Thailand. It is open from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, call 0-7478-1299.

Tarutao National Park

Attraction Details :

It is the first marine national park of Thailand. The park is renowned for its history and natural beauty. It is located in the Andaman Sea, around 40 km from the town of Satun or 22 km off the shore from the Pak Bara Pier. To the north, the park borders the Muko Phetra National Park, and to the south, it borders the boundary waters between Malaysia and Thailand. The park covers an area of about 1,490 sq km, including islands and sea. Of the total 51 islands, there are 7 large islands; namely, Ko Tarutao, Ko Adang, Ko Rawi, Ko Lipe, Ko Klang, Ko Batuang, and Ko Bitsi. These islands have been formed into two major groups; namely, Muko Tarutao and Muko Adang – Rawi. The area was declared a national park on 19 April 1974, and ASEAN Heritage Parks and Reserves by UNESCO in 1982. The best time for a visit is during November to April.

Attractions in the Tarutao National Park
Ko Tarutao is the largest island of the park, covering an area of 152 sq km. Most of the areas are mountains with a moist evergreen forest, interesting species of plants and wildlife. Some part of the area is a mangrove forest. There are many bays, both small and large, with beautiful beaches. In the sea, various species of fish, including 4 endangered species of sea turtle, can be been. The word ‘Tarutao’ was gradually changed from ‘Talotrao’ in Malay, which means having many bays.
Apart from an abundance of nature, Ko Tarutao has a memorable history. In 1936, the government had a policy for the Department of Corrections to set up a reformatory estate and a prison. Being a remote island having natural elements which pose obstacles against escape, Tarutao was, therefore, chosen for this purpose. An office building, houses for warders, a sleeping hall for prisoners, and an occupational training centre, were built at Ao Talo Wao and Ao Talo Udang. In 1938, the first group of 500 prisoners was sent to the island. The number of prisoners gradually increased to a maximum of 3,000. In 1939, the government sent 70 more political prisoners resulting from the Bowondet and Nai Sip rebels, to be detained at Ao Talo Udang.
In 1941, World World II caused an impact on the Tarutao reformatory estate and made it be in short of food and medicine. As a result, a great number of prisoners died of illness. The warders and some prisoners decided to attack commercial ships sailing in the sea at the Straits of Melaka and rob goods from them. Therefore, commercial ships were scared to come by the area. In 1946, the British government who ruled Melaka at the time successfully suppressed the pirates of Tarutao by force upon permission from the Thai government. Later, the Department of Corrections announced the dissolution of the Tarutao reformatory estate. After that, the island was left deserted for 26 years. On 19 April 1974, the Royal Forest Department declared the establishment of the Tarutao National Park, the first-ever marine national park of Thailand.

Attractions on Ko Tarutao
Ao Phante Melaka is a bay with a clean long white beach. The headquarters of the Tarutao National Park is located here. There is a tourist service centre where an exhibition has been held about the nature and history of Ko Tarutao. This bay also offers a viewpoint for a beautiful sunset. From Ao Phante Melaka, visitors can walk up to a viewpoint on Pha To Bu (To Bu Cliff).
Ao Chak, this small bay is next to Ao Phante Melaka.
Ao Mo Lae, it is 4 km from the park’s headquarters. The bay possesses a clean white sandy beach. There is a beautiful grove of coconut trees amidst tranquility, as well as bungalows suitable for recreation.
Ao Son, it is 8 km from the park’s headquarters. This curve-shaped bay has sandy beaches which are interspersed with rocky beaches. It is also an egg-laying ground for sea turtles. A camping site is provided. A food and beverage service is available. There are small waterfalls: Namtok Ludu and Namtok Lopo. This is an ideal place for forest trekking and a nature study.
Ao Talo Wao is a bay located to the east of the island, and provides another viewpoint for a beautiful sunrise. The Park’s Ranger Station To To 1 (Talo Wao) is situated here. It is a historical area where the reformatory estate for detention and critical prisoners was established. Nowadays, the park has imitation buildings of the past, such as houses of the warders, a sleeping hall of prisoners, an occupational training centre, a cemetery of 700 corpses, etc., constructed in the area.
Ao Talo Udang is a bay located to the south of the island, 8 km from Ko Langkawi. The Park’s Ranger Station To To 2 (Talo Udang) is situated here. In the past, it was where political prisoners from the Bowondet and Nai Sip rebels were detained.
Namtok Ludu is a small beautiful waterfall, around 3 km from Ao Son. There is a nature trail from Ao Son to Namtok Ludu.
Tham Chorakhe is a cave of 300 m in depth. Inside, beautiful stalactites and stalagmites can be found in different forms. To visit the cave, take a long-tailed boat for around 20 minutes. The boat cruises along Khlong Phante Melaka (Phante Melaka Canal) where numerous mangrove trees grow all along its banks. About an hour is needed to explore the inside of the cave. Visitors should bring their own torches. For more information, contact the Visitor Service Centre of the park.
Pha To Bu Viewpoint. Pha To Bu is a cliff 60 m above sea level. A 20-minute-walk up to the viewpoint passes by a dry evergreen forest. The viewpoint is behind the park’s headquarters, overlooking the beach of Ao Phante Melaka, Ko Bulon, Ko Klang, Ko Khai, Ko Adang, Ko Rawi, and Muko Phetra. A beautiful scene of the  sunset can also be seen from here.

Activities on Ko Tarutao
Nature Trail, from the park’s headquarters in the area of Ao Phante Melaka, a nature trail goes through an evergreen forest to Ao Talo Wao. This 12-kilometre path is flanked by dense woods and shady plants. Wild animals such as common wild pig, mouse deer, and many interesting species of bird, particularly hornbill, can be often seen along the way.
Another nature trail is to Ao Chak, Ao Mo and Ao Son. The 8-kilometre walk takes about 2 hours to pass through a virgin rain forest, and is suitable for bird-watching; for example, hornbill and drongo.
Cruising Route around the Island, to study the nature as part of ecotourism, the park provides boats with guiding officers for a visit to the beaches. The one-day boat trip will take visitors to see birds at Ao Chak; the white sandy beach at Ao Son which is the longest one on Ko Tarutao; historical traces at Ao Talo Udang; and nature at Ao Talo Wao; dive on a coral reef, and visit a mangrove forest. For more information, contact the Visitor Service Centre on the island.

Accommodation of the Tarutao National Park
In the area of the Tarutao National Park, guesthouses for visitors are available on Ko Tarutao and Ko Adang. For further details, contact the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora at Tel. 0 2562 0760, or the Visitor Service Centre of the Tarutao National Park at the Pak Bara Pier in Tambon Pak Nam, Amphoe La-ngu, Satun  91110, at Tel. 0 7478 3485, or the Tarutao National Park Ranger Station To To 1 (Ao Phante Melaka) on the island, at Tel. 0 7472 9002 – 3, or visit the website: www.dnp.go.th.

To Get to Tarutao National Park
Pak Bara Pier  It is located at the mouth of Khlong La-ngu in Tambon Pak Nam, Amphoe La-ngu, around 8 km from the district of La-ngu. It is the nearest pier to Ko Tarutao, a total distance of 22 km. Located not far from the pier is the Visitor Service Centre of the Tarutao National Park.

Satun – Pak Bara Pier  From Amphoe Mueang Satun, visitors can travel to the Pak Bara Pier as follows:-
By car: Take Highway 406 to Ban Chalung and turn left to Highway 416 (Satun – La-ngu). From Amphoe La-ngu, take Highway 4052 toward the Pak Bara Pier.
By bus: A Satun – Pak Bara taxi departs from the taxi stand near the Bangkok Bank Satun Branch many times a day. In addition, there are mini-buses and passenger vans leaving town as well.

Amphoe Hat Yai – Pak Bara Pier From Amphoe Hat Yai, visitors can travel to the Pak Bara Pier as follows:-
By car: Take Highway 406 to Ban Chalung, Satun, and turn right to Highway 416 (Satun – La-ngu). From Amphoe La-ngu, take Highway 4052 toward the Pak Bara Pier.
By bus: There is a bus service departing from the Hat Yai Bus Terminal during 6.10 a.m. – 4.50 p.m. The bus stops for passengers opposite the Hat Yai’s Clock Tower. The journey takes 2½ hours. For more information, contact the Satun Transport Company Limited at Tel. 0 7424 3797.
By van: From the van stand in front of the Hat Yai Railway Station, a passenger van leaves every hour during 6.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. For more information, contact the Satun Transport Company Limited at Tel. 0 7424 5655.

Pak Bara Pier – Tarutao National Park
During the Tarutao tourism season from November to April, a boat service is available to islands in the Tarutao National Park.

Pak Bara Pier – Tarutao  A daily boat service is available. A return fare is 400 Baht per person.
From Pak Bara Pier   12.30 and 3.00 p.m.
From Tarutao             9.00 and 12.00 a.m.

Timetables of Service by Ferry Operators to Ko Tarutao and Ko Lipe (The service is subject to change. Please check it with the operators before taking a trip.)

– Adang Sea Tour

From Pak Bara To Ko Tarutao To Ko Lipe
10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 3.00 p.m.
1.30 p.m. 2.30 p.m. 5.00 p.m.
From Ko Lipe To Ko Tarutao To Pak Bara
9.00 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 12.30 p.m.
10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
To Ko Tarutao, a single fare is 250 Baht, a return fare is 400 Baht.
To Ko Lipe, a single fare is 550 Baht, a return fare is 1,000 Baht.

– Lipe Ferry and Speedboat Company Limited

From Pak Bara To Ko Tarutao To Ko Lipe
11.00 a.m. 11.20 a.m. 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
1.00 p.m. 1.20 p.m. 1.30 – 2.30 p.m.
From Ko Lipe To Ko Tarutao To Pak Bara
9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m.
10.30 a.m. 11.15 a.m. 12.00 a.m.
To Ko Tarutao, a single fare is 350 Baht, a return fare is 600 Baht.
To Ko Lipe, a single fare is 650 Baht, a return fare is 1,200 Baht.

– Tiger Line Travel Company Limited (Express Air-conditioned Ferry)

From Pak Bara To Ko Tarutao To Ko Lipe
11.30 a.m. 12.00 a.m. 1.30 p.m.
1.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.
From Ko Lipe To Ko Tarutao To Pak Bara
9.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m.
2.00 p.m. (festival occasions only) 2.45 p.m. 3.30 p.m.
To Ko Tarutao, a single fare is 350 Baht, a return fare is 600 Baht.
To Ko Lipe, a single fare is 650 Baht, a return fare is 1,200 Baht.

Distances from Piers to Islands
Pak Bara Pier – Ao Phante Melaka (Ko Tarutao)    22 km
– Ko Adang     80 km
– Ko Lipe        82 km

Ko Tarutao  – Muko Adang – Rawi    40 km
– Ko Lipe                     40 km
– Ko Khai                  14.5 km

Ko Adang  – Ko Lipe                2 km
– Ko Hin Ngam     2.5 km
– Ko Khai             17 km

How to get there :

By Other

Pak Bara Pier It is located at the mouth of Khlong La-ngu in Tambon Pak Nam, Amphoe La-ngu, around 8 km from the district of La-ngu. It is the nearest pier to Ko Tarutao, a total distance of 22 km. Located not far from the pier is the Visitor Service Centre of the Tarutao National Park.

Satun – Pak Bara Pier From Amphoe Mueang Satun, visitors can travel to the Pak Bara Pier as follows:-
By car: Take Highway 406 to Ban Chalung and turn left to Highway 416 (Satun – La-ngu). From Amphoe La-ngu, take Highway 4052 toward the Pak Bara Pier.
By bus: A Satun – Pak Bara taxi departs from the taxi stand near the Bangkok Bank Satun Branch many times a day. In addition, there are mini-buses and passenger vans leaving town as well.

Amphoe Hat Yai – Pak Bara Pier From Amphoe Hat Yai, visitors can travel to the Pak Bara Pier as follows:-
By car: Take Highway 406 to Ban Chalung, Satun, and turn right to Highway 416 (Satun – La-ngu). From Amphoe La-ngu, take Highway 4052 toward the Pak Bara Pier.
By bus: There is a bus service departing from the Hat Yai Bus Terminal during 6.10 a.m. – 4.50 p.m. The bus stops for passengers opposite the Hat Yai’s Clock Tower. The journey takes 2½ hours. For more information, contact the Satun Transport Company Limited at Tel. 0 7424 3797.
By van: From the van stand in front of the Hat Yai Railway Station, a passenger van leaves every hour during 6.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. For more information, contact the Satun Transport Company Limited at Tel. 0 7424 5655.

Pak Bara Pier – Tarutao National Park
During the Tarutao tourism season from November to April, a boat service is available to islands in the Tarutao National Park.

Pak Bara Pier – Tarutao A daily boat service is available. A return fare is 400 Baht per person.
From Pak Bara Pier 12.30 and 3.00 p.m.
From Tarutao 9.00 and 12.00 a.m.

Timetables of Service by Ferry Operators to Ko Tarutao and Ko Lipe (The service is subject to change. Please check it with the operators before taking a trip.)

Adang Sea Tour

From Pak Bara To Ko Tarutao To Ko Lipe
10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 3.00 p.m.
1.30 p.m. 2.30 p.m. 5.00 p.m.
From Ko Lipe To Ko Tarutao To Pak Bara
9.00 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 12.30 p.m.
10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
To Ko Tarutao, a single fare is 250 Baht, a return fare is 400 Baht.
To Ko Lipe, a single fare is 550 Baht, a return fare is 1,000 Baht.

Lipe Ferry and Speedboat Company Limited

From Pak Bara To Ko Tarutao To Ko Lipe
11.00 a.m. 11.20 a.m. 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
1.00 p.m. 1.20 p.m. 1.30 – 2.30 p.m.
From Ko Lipe To Ko Tarutao To Pak Bara
9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m.
10.30 a.m. 11.15 a.m. 12.00 a.m.
To Ko Tarutao, a single fare is 300 Baht, a return fare is 500 Baht.
To Ko Lipe, a single fare is 650 Baht, a return fare is 1,200 Baht.

Tiger Line Travel Company Limited (Express Air-conditioned Ferry)

From Pak Bara To Ko Tarutao To Ko Lipe
11.30 a.m. 12.00 a.m. 1.30 p.m.
1.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.
From Ko Lipe To Ko Tarutao To Pak Bara
9.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m.
2.00 p.m. (festival occasions only) 2.45 p.m. 3.30 p.m.
To Ko Tarutao, a single fare is 300 Baht, a return fare is 500 Baht.
To Ko Lipe, a single fare is 650 Baht, a return fare is 1,100 Baht.

Distances from Piers to Islands

Pak Bara Pier – Ao Phante Melaka (Ko Tarutao) 22 km
– Ko Adang 80 km
– Ko Lipe 82 km

Ko Tarutao – Muko Adang – Rawi 40 km
– Ko Lipe 40 km
– Ko Khai 14.5 km

Ko Adang – Ko Lipe 2 km
– Ko Hin Ngam 2.5 km
– Ko Khai 17 km

Thale Ban National Park

Attraction Details :

Thale Ban National Park is located in Ban Wang Prachan, Tambon Wang Prachan, 40 km from the town of Satun. The park has an area of 122,500 rai, covering the Kupang Pulot and Hua Kraming National Forest Reserves and the Pa Khuan Bo Nam Puyu Forest Area in Amphoe Mueang Satun’s Tambon Ban Khuan and Tambon Puyu. It was declared a national park on 27 October, 1980.

The word “Thale Ban” was changed from “Loet Roeban” in Malay, which refers to a subsiding sea or a sea which is a result of the subsidence of earth between Khao (Mount) Chin and Khao (Mount) Mot Daeng. Thale Ban is a large lake covering an area of around 63,305 rai. Most of the areas are a complex of mountains and dense woods. Wild animals found here include serow, elephant, tapir, common wild pig, monkey, gibbon, and Khiat Wak, or Ma Nam (Giant Asiatic toad or Malayan giant toad). The toad is considered as a symbol of Thale Ban. It looks like a combination of a frog and a toad, with a tail. But it sounds like a puppy. The lakeside, particularly in the rainy season, teems with this unique animal. For bird-watchers, this place offers an opportunity that should not be missed. There are various species of bird, such as whiskered treeswift, stripe-throated bulbul, chestnut-naped forktail, woodpecker, etc.

Attractions in the Thale Ban National Park
Bueang Thale Ban is a freshwater lake located in the middle of a valley flanked by the Chin and the Wang Pra Ranges. The lake covers an area of around 125 rai. There is an abundance of freshwater fish and shellfish. Around the lake are Bakong plants (Hanguana malayana), which grow densely. The park provides lakeside pavilions for visitors’ recreation, as well as a wooden path around the lake.

Namtok Ya Roi originates from a source in the Hua Kraming Forest. The waterfall has nine tiers and visitors can swim in a pool at each tier. It is favourite among local visitors. To get there: Follow Highway 4184 (Khuan Sato – Wang Prachan) from Km 14 – 15 for around 6 km, and go on for another 700 m on a lane off the main road.

Namtok Ton Plio originates from Mount Chin. This large and beautiful multi-tiered waterfall flows from a high cliff. To get there: Take Highway 4184 (Khuan Sato – Wang Prachan) from Km 9 – 10 or the park’s headquarters for around 10 km, and follow a dirt lane off the main road for another 3 km.

The park offers houses and tents for visitors. For further details, contact the Thale Ban National Park, Amphoe Khuan Don, Satun  91160, at Tel. 0 7472 2736 – 7.

To get to the Thale Ban National Park: Take Highway 406 for 80 km. See a direction sign on the left at the Khuan Don T-junction and turn left to Highway 4184 for another 20 km. Alternatively, get on a bus (Hat Yai – Satun) at the Hat Yai’s Clock Tower and get off at the Khuan Sato T-junction. Take a further trip by mini-bus (Satun – Wang Prachan). One bus leaves every hour. A fare is 20 Baht per person.

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