4 days in Satun and Koh Tarutao exploring it’s unique islands, caves, wild life and untouched mangrove swamps will give the adventure of a life time.
Most of Ko Tarutao’s whopping 152 sq km is covered in dense, old growth jungle that rises sharply up to the park’s 713m peak. Mangrove swamps and typically impressive limestone cliffs circle much of the island, and the western coast is lined with quiet white-sand beaches.
The park was established in 1974. In 1982, it was listed as one of the original ASEAN Heritage Parks. It was also submitted to UNESCO for inclusion to the World Heritage in 1990, but its listing was deferred in the fifteenth session of the World Heritage Committee in 1991. The UNESCO requested a stronger management of the area.
The island had been used in the late 1930s as a penal colony for Thai political prisoners. During World War II, when support from the mainland was cut off, the guards and prisoners banded together and formed raiding parties on ships sailing through the waters near the island. The raids were masterminded by a American plantation owner who blamed the war for his loss of fortune and he was assisted to implement his plans by two British non commissioned officers who were on the run for murder and who ironically landed on Tarutao to sit out the war. They sank 130 ships always killing everybody on board. After the pirates of Tarutao were eradicated by British forces at the end of the war, fishermen and farmers took up residence on the island.[
Day : 1
Pick-up from Phuket or Hadyai airport or Trang airport or Hotel. Depart for paddle in fresh water caves at Satun. Depart to Pak Bara with dinner and overnight at Pakpara.
Day : 2
Breakfast. Depart on public ferry for Tarutao (1 1/2 hour). Lunch at National Park restaurant. Paddle on the west coast. Dinner and overnight in National Park.
Breakfast. Paddle in mangrove swamp and explore caves - expect wildlife but no guarantees. After, Lunch box. Continue paddle until sunset. Dinner and overnight in National Park (At Son Bay).
Explore former prison site. Back to National Park and have lunch. Public Ferry transfer back to Pakpara.
Transportation, Accommodation, English Speking Guide, Meals, National Park Entrance Fee, Soft Drink, Seasonal Fruits, Coffee, Tea, Insurance