National Park and Tarutao island (Tarutao): tourist information
General information about Tarutao
Marine national Park tarutao (Ko Tarutao Marine Park) in the province of Satun in Thailand founded in 1974. He absorbed the territory is 1490 km2 in the southern part of Thailand near the coast of Satun province in the Andaman sea. The Park covers 51 island, which are divided into two groups:
- The Eastern group of Islands of Tarutao
- The Western group of the Adang-Rawi
The Park brings together three of the archipelago: Tarutao, Klang and Adang. The name of the national Park comes from the name of the main island of Pulau Tarutao (which means "old island").
Today Tarutao national Park attracts tourists because of its remoteness from the main tourist areas of Thailand. Here you can still feel the savagery and beauty of the white beaches. The underwater world is diverse and teeming with rare sea depths. In this context, tourists are eager to get to the national Park for diving and snorkeling. Visit the national Park for tourists paid 400 baht to 200 baht for children.
The diversity and richness of nature combined with warm, clear sea and white beaches, attracts fans to relax in peace away from civilization. And it's not even about staying in a remote hotel, and even about living in a tent on the beach in the wild. Thanks rated status, the Park has preserved a rich underwater world, the world of mammals and tropical animals. And flora of the Islands still amazes tourists with its originality and uniqueness.
The most famous resort of the Park is the island of Lipe (Ko Lipe). Although this island is a national Park under its jurisdiction, and access to it is free. Koh Lipe is very different from the other Islands in the Park its development. There are hotels and hostels of different price range and comfort level. There Kafa and restaurants, small shops, pharmacy, mini markets and travel agencies. The island has gorgeous sandy beaches, but the bottom is not everywhere conducive to carefree bathing, there are areas where at low tide expose the sharp corals. Travel agencies offer several options of diving and snorkeling, but only in permitted areas.
The second most popular island Park after Ko Lipe is the island of Tarutao. It is much less developed. Usually tourists do not spend the entire period of your stay, and stop at Tarutao for a few days on the way to Koh Lipe or back.
Tarutao island has a dark history. In the late 30-ies of the last century it was used to isolate political prisoners. The first jail built in 1936, it housed 500 people. It was subsequently expanded, and the number of prisoners increased to 3000.
During the Second world war food supplies from the mainland to the island ceased. The guards and prisoners began to die from hunger. To survive, they banded together and attacked the ship, passing by the island. During the war, suffered from robbery of about 130 ships.
On the island of Tarutao is the headquarters of the national Park (the Northern end). There is a small infrastructure near beach Mo Barking Bay. In this area white beach there is a restaurant, bungalows and a camping area. Tourists can rent bikes to explore the island.
AO San Bay is located on the island of Tarutao in the distance. Here you can rent a Bungalow or rent a tent for the night. This place is rightly recognized by travelers the most quiet and uncrowded on the island.
The main occupation on the island of Tarutao is relaxing on the beach, but if you want you can make trekking trips inland to waterfalls, climb mountains and explore caves. On some beaches you can snorkel. The ruins of the old prison can be viewed at Ao Taloh Udang.
But be careful while walking around the island, especially in its southern part. It is known that the southern part of the island is used by gangs who are trafficking people. In the jungle there are a few prisons where they contain your live goods. A couple of years ago, the police held a demonstration RAID and freed prisoners from several prisons. Part free the prisoners fled the island because they have nowhere to run, because in their countries they do not expect. These former victims are now living in the jungle and can also be dangerous.
The tourist seasons, the weather in Koh Tarutao
On the island of Tarutao, just like in the National Park in General, one can relax all year round. But has high and low season.
High season (dry season) runs from November to may. At this time, operate more flights ferries and speed boats between the Islands, are all hotels.
Low season (rainy season) falls in the June-October. While the worst of the month – October. In General, at this time, too bad you can relax on the Islands, but many ferry routes are suspended, there are only flights to the island of Ko Lipe. Many hotels are closed for renovations or vacation.
Seasons on Tarutao months*
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Hotels in Koh Tarutao where to stay
On Koh Lipe there is a considerable range of hotels and relatively developed tourist area. Read more about hotels on Koh Lipe here.
On the island of Tarutao opportunities to embed quite a bit. This Bungalow on the beaches of Ao Pante Malacca and Ao Molae. The rest of the beach, accommodation is in tents in campgrounds.
How to get to Koh Tarutao
Tarutao island is located in the southern part of Thailand in Satun province, close to the border with Malaysia, less than 10 kilometers from Tarutao is the Malay island of Langkawi. From the mainland island lies 20 km (Tarutao on the map of Thailand).
To get to the island is possible by boat from the pier in Pak Bara and Koh Lipe. Actually goes one boat between Pak Bara and Koh Lipe, which makes a stop at the island of Tarutao.
Schedule of boats as of April 2015*
|Direction||Departure time||Arrival time||The cost|
|Satun (Pak Bara) - Koh Lipe (all year round)||11:00||12:30||650 baht|
|Koh Lipe - Satun (Pak Bara) (all year round)||09:00||10:30||650 baht|
|Koh Lanta - Koh Lipe (high season from October to March)||10:30||13:30||1900 baht|
|Koh Lipe - Koh Lanta (high season from October to March)||09:00||12:00||1900 baht|
|Langkawi - Koh Lipe||the schedule on the website http://tropicalcharters.com.my/||118 Malaysian ringgit|
* - Attention! Shows only part of the schedule of regular flights. In addition, in the high season offers many additional flights. Check on the websites of carriers.
The websites of carriers to find relevant schedules and tickets booking:
- Pakbara, Koh Lanta - Ko Lipe - http://www.bundhayaspeedboat.com
- Koh Lanta - Koh Lipe http://www.tarutaolipeisland.com/
Transport on the island, how to navigate
On the island of Tarutao no transport. You can only move on foot, between the beaches and on boats. You can also rent a mountain bike or kayak.