Province and Satun (Satun): tourist information
Satun (Satun) province in the South of Thailand on the border with Malaysia. The capital of the province is the town of Satun. The name translates from the Malay language as "wild mangosteen" or exotic fruit Santol. The town of Satun is located 950 kilometers from Bangkok and just 15 kilometers from the border with Malaysia (Satun on the map of Thailand). The city's population – slightly more than 25 000 people.
Before inclusion in 1909 in a part of Siam (present Thailand), the province was part of Kedah (Kedah) Malaysia and today is one of the four southern provinces of Thailand, dominated by Muslims. This is one of the hotspots of Thailand where there are separatist sentiment, but to a much lesser extent than in the other southern provinces.
Until recently, Satun province and its capital was practically left without attention of tourists and used only as a transit point on the way from Thailand to Malaysia. In particular, there are high-speed ferries on the Malaysian island of Langkawi. But in recent years, among the desperate travelers Islands, beaches and sights of the province have become popular as a new, Meloidogyne tourist destination. This popular island of Koh Lipe (Ko Lipe), the national Park and Tarutao island (Ko Tarutao), the island of Ko Bulon Leh, Ko Adang, Ko Rawai.
As for the city itself, then to do almost nothing here. Of the attractions here only monkey Park Central Masjid Mambang Mosque (by the way, one of the biggest in Thailand) and the night market. Also in the city centre at Satun Thani Soi 5 is the local history Museum Ku Den Museum. Entrance costs 20 baht, open from 8:30 to 4:30 from Wednesday to Sunday. For a provincial Museum is very good.
How to get to Satun
The province and the city is located on the most southern tip of Thailand 950 kilometers from Bangkok. To the border with Malaysia and the island of Langkawi, walking distance. To get there from Bangkok and other cities in Thailand here by plane, train transfers, and directly on the bus. With the Malaysian island of Langkawi international Marina Tammalang Pier a few kilometers from the town of Satun is a regular ferry connects. On the pier it is possible to obtain visa to Thailand upon arrival if necessary.
On the plane
In Satun has no airport and the nearest is in the city of hat Yai. The company NokAir offers a convenient composite plane ticket+bus and plane+bus+ferry from the airport Don Mueag in Bangkok to Satun, Marina Tammalang Pier (for ferries to Langkawi), and Ko Lipe. Tickets can be purchased on the company website. Also AirAsia offers a comprehensive transfer service to Koh Lipe.
Via Satun does not pass the railway and the nearest railway station is in the city of hat Yai (see how to get to hat Yai). On arrival at the station of hat Yai on the train as a travel agent you can just buy a Shuttle service to all places in Satun province.
Satun is connected by regular bus service to the major cities of Thailand and also cities in the South. Most intercity buses arrive at the bus station in the South of the city (bus station on the map). If you want to stay in the city, it makes sense to go earlier in the city centre because the buses on the way to the bus station pass through it. From the bus station to the city centre can be reached by taxi for 100 baht or motorbike taxi for 40. Also in the city are Songthaew taxis for 40 baht. Pier Pier Thammalung from here you can take a taxi for 50 baht.
The most frequent flights from Bangkok (more than 20 flights daily, the cost is 600 baht, they can be reached from Hua hin, Cha-am, Chumphon, Surat Thani). There are also flights from Krabi (large buses and minivans every hour), Phuket, minivans from hat Yai and Trang (Trang).
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On the ferry
Langkawi island in Malaysia at Tammalang pier Pier 12 kilometers from the city (Tammalang pier on the map) runs three daily high-speed ferry. The cost is 35 Malaysian ringgit or 350 baht journey time – an hour and a half. The departure time is the departure Time from Satun 09:30, 13:30 and 16:00 to Langkawi 09:00, 13:00, 17:15. To get to the pier from the city or back by taxi for 30 baht or motorbike taxi for 150 baht. To check the current timetables and book tickets on the website http://langkawi-ferry.com
Unusually, the immigration office on the dock only works up to 17 hours, and if you arrive on the last ferry, you must go to the immigration office in the city centre, and there affix the mark in the passport about crossing the border.
How to travel around the city
Satun is a small town, and its centre can be navigated on foot. To the bus station and the Marina Tammalang Pier can be reached by Songthaew taxis.
Also in Satun motorbikes can be rented from 250 baht per day. The ground rolled slightly, and will have to ask around at the hotel or the taxi drivers to find it.
Car rental in Satun no. The nearest place where you can rent a car hat Yai.
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