Satun National Parks, Travel Guide to National Parks of Satun

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Thale Ban National Park
Location : Mueang District and Khuan Don District Thale Ban National Park
Thale Ban National Park

Thale Ban National Park encompasses a total area of 196 square kilometers and approximately 1,000 kilometers south of Bangkok, in the province of Satun. The park covers the mountainous border area between Satun province, Thailand and Perlis state, Malaysia. Thale Ban National Park was declared as the 20th National Park in Thailand on 27th October 1980. The park headquaters are located in a valley which runs through the mountains, and is situated only 2 kilometers from the border. This valley is a historic link between the two countries and this has influenced the development of the area by mixing Malaysian with the original Thai culture. The names of many park locations are actually Malaysian in origin. Thale Ban National Park is situated between Khuan Don District and Mueang District, Satun Province, with the following adjacent territory How to get there :
By Car
From Bangkok, take Petchakasem Highway to Suratthani then take Highway No. 4 to Rattaphum District, Songkhla province then take Highway No.406 to Khuan Don District then take the Thai -Malaysian Border Road No. 4184.

By Plane
There is no direct flight to Satun. The trip by air can be made via Hat Yai Airport then taking a Hat Yai - Satun van to Khuan Sator junction. The van leaves every hour from 06.00 am. - 07.00 pm. at 60 bath/person. Buses from Hat Yai - Satun leaves every 15 minutes from 06.00 am. - 06.30 pm. at 38 bath/person for air-conditioned bus and 35 bath/person for standard bus.

By Train
Visitors can take a Bangkok - Hat Yai train and get off at the Hat Yai Train Station, continue on to the National Park by Car.

By Bus
There are buses from Bangkok to Satun daily and the distance from Bangkok to Satun is 973 kilometers or approximately 11 hours. The cost for standard bus is 556 bath .
Tourist Attractions

Bueang Thale Ban Namtok Ya Roi Ton Din Cave
Namtok Ton Plio Tham Lot Puyu Wangpra Grassland
Mu Ko Phetra National Park
Mu Ko Phetra National Park
Mu Ko Phetra National Park
Location : La-ngu District
Mu Ko Phetra National Park is situated on the Andaman sea coast which consists of an area of coastline and over 30 islands a long coastline from Satun to Trang province. The several off-shore islands include Koh Phetra, Koh Khao Yai, Koh La Lo Ban Te, Koh Li Di, Koh Bu Loan, Koh Lao Liang, and Koh Perama.

Mu Ko Phetra National Park has many diverse habitats including; open water, coral fringed islands, sandy beaches, forest covered islands to sheer rocky islands which rise steeply out of the sea. There are also a few patches of mangrove forest, beach forest and tropical forest. The islands within the park are small the largest being Khao Yai Island which is about 4.7 square kilometers in area. The sea area of the park includes many important fishing grounds for this reason many of the islands act as temporary refuges for fishing boats during monsoon storms.

The park was established by royal decree on the 31st December 1984. The park covers a total area of 494.38 square kilometers, of which 468.38 square kilometers or 94.74% is open water. Mu Ko Phetra is the third protected area in Satun province and is the 14th Marine Park in Thailand. Most of the area consists of steep mountains with plains in the valleys and beaches. It is full of forest, mountains, wildlife, and colorful corals.

How to get there :
By Car
- From Bangkok, take Highway No. 4 past Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon then take Highway No. 41 to Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung.
- From Phatthalung, drive on to Rattaphum District, Songkhla then take Highway No. 4 and turn right to Highway No. 406. It is 973 kilometers from Bangkok.

By Plane
There is no direct flight to Satun. The trip by air can be made via Hat Yai Airport then taking a taxi or public bus to Satun for 97 kilometers.

By Train
Take Bangkok - Ya La or Bangkok - Hat Yai train and get off at the Hat Yai Train Station, then take a taxi from Ratthakan Post Office to Satun. It is 97 kilometers from Hat Yai to Satun. Vans and public buses are also available.

Transportation from Hat Yai Train Station is operating daily, departing every hour starting from 06.00 am. - 0400 pm. Normal buses (Hat Yai - Pak Bara - Satun route) from Hat Yai Clock Tower are also operating 3 times daily starting from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

By Bus
The distance from Bangkok to Satun is 980 kilometers, the cost for standard bus is 450 bath and 580 bath for air-conditioned bus. The distance from Satun to Mu Ko Phetra National Park is 60 Kilometers. The cost for standard bus is 33 bath and 50 bath for taxis.
Tourist Attractions

Ao Phante Malaka Koh Lidi Lek Nun Bay
Koh Bulon Koh Phetra Ra Wai Beach
Koh Khao Yai  
Tarutao National Park
Tarutao National Park
Tarutao National Park
Location : La-gu District
Tarutao National Park covers an area of about 1,490 square kilometers including islands and sea. Of the total 51 islands, there are seven large islands; Koh Tarutao, Koh Adang, Koh Rawi, Koh Lipe, Koh Klang, Koh Batuang, and Koh Bitsi. These islands have been formed into two major groups; namely, Muko Tarutao and Muko Adang - Rawi. Tarutao National Park Declared a national park on April 19, 1974, and ASEAN Heritage Parks and Reserves by UNESCO in 1982, Thailand’s first marine national park is renowned for its history and natural beauty. Tarutao National Park borders the Muko Phetra National Park on the north and Malaysia sea border in the south. The best time for a visit is during November to April.

Koh Tarutao is the largest island of the park covers an area of 152 square kilometers. Most of the areas are mountains with a moist evergreen forest home to interesting species of plants and wildlife. 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 seen. The word ‘Tarutao’ was gradually changed from ‘Talotrao’ in Malay, which means having many bays.

How to get there :
Tarutao National Park is located in the Andaman Sea, around 40 kilometers from the town of Satun or 22 kilometers off the shore from the Pak Bara Pier.

By Bus
- There are 465 kilometers from Bangkok to Had Yai. From Had Yai, you can go to Pak Bara Ferry departure point by Had Yai - La-ngu taxi or take mini bus from La-ngu to Pak Bara. You can even take the coach or local bus from Had Yai to Pak Bara.

By Plane
- From Bangkok to Had Yai, From Ari Port by mini bus to Kasad market 20 bath/person
- From Kasad Market by van to Pak Bara Pier 100 bath/person
- Had Yai to Pak Bara pier 1-2 hour.
Tourist Attractions

Ao Chak Ao Talo Wao Koh Rawi
Ao Makham Koh Adang Lo Po Waterfall
Ao Mo Lae Koh Hin Ngam Namtok Ludu
Ao Phante Melaka Koh Khai and Koh Klang Pha Chado Viewpoint
Ao Son Koh Lipe Tham Chorakhe
Ao Talo Udang