to see & do sights & experiences
Ku Den 's Mansion
Located in the municipality area, opposite Land Department Office, Ku
Den 's Mansion was formerly a residence of Rong Ammarttri Phraya Phuminart
Phakdi ( Tuanku Baharuddin bin Tamma-ngong ), the governor of Satun.
The two-storey building got the influenced 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 starshaped designs , imminently influenced
by Muslim architecture . Ku Den's Mansion was later donated to the government
and was used as governmental offices such as Satun Municipality , Provincial
City Hall , Satun District Office, and Office of Internal Security Operations
Command - Satun Branch, respectively. Now the building is under the jurisdiction
of Fine Arts Department for maintenance and preservation, and in the near
future it is to be turned into a Museum for Islamic Studies.
Central Mosque ( Masjid Mambang )
is located on Satun Thani Road in the Municipality of Satun. Previously
Masjid Bambang was a one storey building . Its unique three - tier roofs
were arranged in a pyramid shape with the smallest one on the top and
the largest at the bottom to cover the whole building. The floors were
covered with brown tiles. The interior was measured 13 meters both in
length and width and the building was supported by four wooden poles.
The condition of the Masjid has deteriorated because of its wooden structures
and also the size was too small to accommodate worshippers performing
prayers. It was then uprooted and rebuilt in the same plot of land. The
new building, showing modern Islamic architectural style, was completed
in May 1979.
Khao Phaya Wang ( Phaya Wang
Located on Khuha Prawase Road in the municipality area. Khao Phaya Wang
is a limestone hill with a cave, and beautifully shaped stalagmites,
stalactites and overhanging rocks. On the northern side is a small stream
running along the hill. The area around Khao Phya Wang has been developed
by Satun Municipality as a public park for the people to relax. It is
convenient to reach this hill.
Old Buildings on Buri Wanich Road
Located on Buri Wanich Road in Satun municipality area, the 600 meter
long row houses provide pedestrian walkway under the shade of 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, are believed to
be built during the same period as Ku Den's Mansion. Now some of the
houses have been dismantled but most parts still remain.
Laem Tanyong Po and Hat Sai Yao
These places are located at the estuary of Satun Bay and can be reached
by boarding a boat at Ko Nok Customs Office or at a pier behind Satun
Central Market, or by driving for a distance of 7 kilometers from Che
Laem Tanyong Po is a promontory jutting into the Andaman Sea. Tourists
will be fascinated by the fishermen's village, a powdery, white sand
beach fringed with a large area of coconut grove.
Wang Sai Thong Waterfalls
Located in Tambon Nam Phud, Wang Sai Thong Waterfalls flow from the
slopes of limestone mountain ranges creating fabulous cascades and refreshing
pools of water. Larger trees are abound around the falls, an ideal place
for recreation. At present, however, the site has no overnight accommodation
and is not easily accessible.
Ko Bo Chet Luk (Seven-Well Island)
This island is only about 2 kilometers from Pak Bara Pier. There are
many beautiful beaches on the island, of which the most intruguing is
Hat Ka Sing. The serene atmosphere, the clean fine sand on the stretch
of beach, rocks of magnificient shapes, and the simple and friendly
way of life of the fishermen's community, all make a visit to the island
a memorable one. To get to the island, take a long tail boat from Pak
Satta Khuha Cave
It's located at Village No. 10, Tambon Nam Phood, Amphoe La-ngu. Tham
Satta Khuha is a large limestone cave with exotic stalagmites and stalactites.
The cave ceilings are nestled with a large number of bats. A stream
winds through the passage of the cave, an ideal site for spelunkers
to canoe along the stream. The cave is located in the Khao Banthad's
Wildlife Conservation Area.
Hat Pak Bara (Pak Bara Beach)
Hat Pak Bara is located in Tambon Pak Nam, Amphoe La-ngu. The pristine
beach runs along the 4-kilometer road from La-ngu to Pak Bara Pier.
The casuarina trees on both the sides of the road make the ride pleasant
and memorable. Hat Pak Bara is suitable for short time excursionists
who seek privacy and tranquillity or want to go on a picnic or for group
tourists who want to camp out on the beach. The charms of Hat Pak Bara
lie not in the sparkling waves or colorful seashells on the sand, but
in the numerous picturesque inlands which form a panoramic view from
the shore. The greyish profile of Langkawi and Tarutao Islands which
contrasts the blue horizon adds a precious asset to Pak Bara's tranquillity.
Those who have some knowledge of the history of Tarutao are able to
appreciate the melancholy and loneliness suffered by those who were
detained on the island and those who awaited the return of their loved
ones. In those times, Tarutao, surrounded by the impregnable natural
fortress of deep sea, was too far a distance to make a getaway. The
only crowded scene can be experienced at Pak Bara Pier at the end of
La-ngu -Pak Bara road, where there are regular boat services for tourists
to various islands. The boats are of private ownership, Tarutao National
Park, and deep sea fishing boats, berthed on the shore and at the pier
for transshipment of goods.
Phetra Islands National Park
Pethra Islands are a national park located in the Straits of Malacca
in the Andaman Sea of the Indian Ocean. The area is partly under the
administrative jurisdiction of Tambon Ko Sokon, Amphoe Palian, Trang
Province; Tambon Khon Khlan, Amphoe Thung Wa, and Tambon Pak Nam, Amphoe
La-ngu, Satun Province. The park covers 22 islands with a total area
(land and sea) of 208,987 rai or an equivalent of 491.38 square kilometers.
Thailand - Malaysia borders lie 30 kilometers away to the south of the
park. The Phetra Islands National Park was established in 1973 and its
establishment was proclaimed in the Royal Gazette in 1994 as the 49th
park in the country's national park system. The main islands which constitute
the park are Ko Lidi, Ko Bulon, Ko Khao Yai, and Ko Phetra, etc. Because
Phetra Islands National Park is the host of nature's beauty, virgin
forests, untouched mountains, it is flourished with bountiful species
of wildlife in addition to the picturesque and colorful corals in the
Hat Rawai (Rawai Beach)
Hat Rawai is part of Phetra Islands National Park. It is located at
Village No. 2 and 4, Tambon Khon Khlan, Amphoe Thung Wa, 26 kilometers
from the district office. To get there, drive along La - ngu - Thung
Wa road; take a turn at the intersection at Baan Wangtong, Village No.
4, Tambon Nathon ; take another turn at the intersection that leads
to Ban Sila. The beach was once accessible by motorcycle only but now
it can be reached by car. Hat Rawai is approximately 3,500 meters long.
To the north of the beach lies Khlong (canal) Wang Won and on the west
side Ko Sukon of Trang Province, can be seen. The beach is lined with
casuarina trees. It is recommended for camping.
Ko Khao Yai (Big Hill Island)
Ko Khao Yai, part of Petra Islands National Park, lies to the west of
Pak Bara Pier. Admired from afar, the shape of the island resembles
a stone castle. At one end of the island is a natural stone gate which
juts into the sea where a small boat can pass through. The area is where
the Satun Aquaculture Office is located. On the other side of the island
is a large U-shaped bay 700 meters wide. During the low tide, a cluster
of corals can be seen parallel with the shores. The waters around the
gulf are calm all year round;pearls are cultured here. Tourists can
also visit the pearl culture farms. Koh khao Yai can be reached by various
means of transportation; however, the most convenient way is to take
a boat from Pak Bara Pier.
Ko Lidi: The Twin Islands
An area off the coast of Amphoe La-ngu, over one kilometer from Hua
Hin village, lies two islands known officially as "Ko Liki",
the islands in the Petra Islands National Park. Lidi islands are a haven
for visitors who want privacy because the islands are small and uninhibited.
The only buildings found on the island belong to the staff of a private
company which has been granted a concession of the precious swallows'
nests. Although there are thousands of swallows inhabiting the caves,
their flocks cannot be seen easily because the caves where they nestle
are accessible only bydiving along the narrow paths. The charm of Lidis
lies on the twin islands of almost equal size and three or four islets
to the south. Normally these islets are under the water; however, during
the low tide they emerge along with the sand dunes linking the islands
with the islets. Islanders can walk to explore the real, mysterious,
and charming ambiec created by nature. The charms of Lidis are not well
known to visitors due to the fact that there are many other beautiful
places nearby; thus, the site has been overlooked by visitors although
it is more convenient to reach that many other islands.
Currently Lidi, is the home of the Warden Unit of Petra Islands National
Park. Accommodation has been built and camp grounds are provided for
visitors for overninght stay. To reach Lidi, visitors may take a 5-kilometer
trip from La - ngu by car or motorcycle to Hua Hin village or a 7- kilometer
trip to Ao Noon (the site of the office of Petra Island National Park).
From both places , a fisherman's boat can be hired with reasonable prices
to take visitors to the twin islands. The trip is guaranteed to be worth
is a group of islands in the Phetra Islands National Park, situated
about 22 kilometers from Pak Bara Pier. Of all the islands, Ko Bulon
Le is the most prominent.
Ko Bulon Le, labeled as "Pearl of the Andaman", flourishes
with large and small colorful and exotic corals and species of fish
such as tiger fish, starfish, etc. It is a must for underwater enthusiasts
who enjoy diving into the world of beauty endowed by nature. Bulon is
not only reputed for its extravagant underwater beauty, it also boasts
shady casuarina lined white sandy beaches, crystal clear navy blue waters,
and the charming and hospitable way of life of the Chao Le inhabitants
in addition to its tranquillity and unspoiled nature. It is a mecca
for those who seek solitude and true beauty of nature.
Transportation to Ko Bulon
Hatyai, visitors can use the same modes of transportation and follow
the same routes that go to Tarutao. Boats can be boarded at Pak Bara
Pier daily, leaving at 14:00 hours and returning at 9:00 hours. One
way ticket costs Baht 110 per person. The trip takes one and a half-hour.
Food and lodging services are available on the island.
1. Moolone Bungalows: Reservations can be made at Pak Bara Pier.
2. Pan Sand Resort: Reservations can be made at Pak Bara Pier.
Accommodation rates range between Bath 100-1,000 per unit/ night.
AMPHOE KHUAN DON
Duson Irrigation Dike
Location:Village No. 5, Amphoe Khuan Don, 22 kilometers from the town
of Satun by Satun-Hatyai Highway No. 406. Duson Irrigation Dike Creates
a large reservoir. Further up the reservoir is the area flourished with
the lush greenery, steep slopes and caves, an ideal site for mountaineers
climbing for scenic views from atop the mountains.
Ban National Park
is located in the tropical rain forest areas. In the central part of
the park grow pines and the leave shedding trees not commonly found
in other parts of the South. Other species of flora can also be found.
Species of wildlife abound.
Wang Prachan Customs Complex
2 kilometers from Thalae Ban National Park is a gateway to Malaysia.
The complex consists of Customs House and Immigration Office. Travellers
wishing to proceed to the State of Perlis of Malaysia can pass through
here, and it is not far from Padang Besar.
Tok Yaroey (Yaroey Waterfalls)
is approximately 6 kilometers from Thale Ban National Park or 14 kilometers
from Khuan Satore T-intersection and a further 300 meters off the main
road. The falls boast fabulous cascades and refreshing pools for visitors
to relax under the shades of the lush green trees and to take a cool
dip in the pools.
Tham Lod Puyu ( Puyu Passing
is located at Khao Yakang, to the south of the Park. The ceilings of
the cave are formed with exotic stalagmites and stalactites. Along both
banks of Puyu canal mangroves grow in abundance. Tham Lod Puyu can be
reached by boat from Tammalang Pier, which takes about one hour or two
hours for a round trip.
THALE BAN NATIONAL
Bueng Thale Ban (Thale Ban Swamp )
large fresh water area covering 200 rais, is populated with a species
of plant known to the locals as "Bakong" giving a striking
natural atmosphere to the place. There is also a pavilion for visitors
to relax and admire the beauty of the swamp. It is believed that the
name Thale Ban is derived from "Lerd Reban" in Malay, meaning
the "subsided lake". According to local legend, from about
300 years ago, the present Thale Ban was the site juxtaposed between
two mountains namely Khao Jeen and Khao Moddaeng. It was a fertile farming
area for villagers who engaged in cash crops and fruit orchards. Later
a strong, continuous quake had hit the area for months and the site
caved in and became a large pool of water, which later became Thale
How to get to Thale Ban Swamp
Thale Ban National Park is located in Village No.11, Tambon Khuan Satore,
Amphoe Khuan Don, approximately 30 kilometers from the town of Satun.
It can be reached by following Highway No . 406 ( Satun - Hatyai ) from
Amphoe Muang until reaching Kilometer 19, take a right turn onto Highway
No. 4184 (Khuan Satore-Wang Prachan) for approximately 20 kilometers.
From Haad Yai, visitors can take a public bus (Hat Yai-Satun) or a taxi,
which will take about 80 kilometers. Get off at Khuan Satore T - intersection
and board a minibus to the Park.
Thirteen cottages can accommodate 170 visitors to the park. The rates
for the accommodation range from 5 0 0 - 1, 0 0 0 baht/cottage/night.
There is a camping site ( campers must bring their own camping gear
), and facilities include lamps for camping, a multi-purpose pavilion,
and visitors' service center.
For more information, please contact:-
1. National Park Division , Forestry Department, Tel:(02) 5797223 and
5797734 or 5614922 ext 724-5
2. Thale Ban National Park Office, Amphoe Khuan Don, Satun Province,
Tel: (074) 797073.
KING AMPHOE MANANG
This is a large deep cave with a spacious chamber and a high ceiling.
Before the name Tham Phuphaphet was given to it, this cave was called
Tham Lod, Tham Phet and Tham Yao. The name Phuphaphet means diamond
cliff. This name reflects the glittering and twinkling characteristics
when light shines on stalactites and stalagmites in the cave. It is
located in Mu6, Ban Pa Phon, Tambon Palm Pattana of King Amphoe Manang
TARUTAO NATIONAL PARK
About 51 large and small islands in the Straits of Malacca in the Indian
Ocean have been established as "Tarutao National Park" as
proclaimed in the Royal Gazette of April 20 ,1974. The park consists
of 7 large islands namely, Tarutao, Adang, Rawi, Lipeh (Nipis), Dong
(Budang), Lek (Bisi) and Klang (Tengah).
UNESCO proclaimed the Tarutao National Park as the " Heritage of
ASEAN " a place to be protected and conserved for people all over
the world to appreciate. Of all the islands in this marine park system,
Tarutao is the largest, encompassing an area of 151 square kilometers
or an equivalent of 44,345 rais. It is 11 kilometers wide and 24 kilometers
long. Most of the area is rocky mountains with the highest slope of
708 meters. Most plains can be found in the valleys and seashores.
Tarutao consists of many large and small coves and bays around the island,
each of which runs a small stream flowing from the central part of the
island into the sea on the western side.
Ao Phante Malacca (Phante Malacca
is where the headquarters of the Tarutao National Park is located. At
the front of the bay runs a canal from the eastern side to the west.
Ao Talo Wao and Talo Udang (Talo
Wao and Talo Udang Bays)
are the two bays which share similar natural and scenic characteristics.
In addition to natural attractions and scenic beauty on the island,
visitors to Tarutao are alsoattracted by historical remains as the island
was once used as a maximum security center for first degree criminals
and political prisoners, a place reminiscent of pains and bitterness
suffered by the detainees. Traces of the building structures such as
a 10-kilometer road linking between two detention centers (one at Ao
Talo Wao and the other at Ao Talo Udang) can still be seen. There are
also ruins of housing for prison staff, a concrete tank for storing
fish, tombs, brick furnaces for producing charcoal, and other utensils.
Ao Talo Udang is unique in that it is located on the lowest point of
the island, with a long history, and the existence of a cave with much
sought-after edible swallow's nests.
Ao Son (Son Bay)
has the most beautiful long pure sand beach in Tarutao Island. The three
kilometer long beach is ideal for swimming because there is a fresh
water source nearby for swimmers to clean themselves after swimming.
In addition to tourist attractions on Tarutao Island, there are also
plenty of places to visit on the Tarutao archipelago.
Transportation to Tarutao National
There are boat services running between Pak Bara Pier and Tarutao Island
twice a day during tourist season (end of November to early May). To
get to Pak Bara pier, visitors can travel from Hatyai in Songkhla Province
which is the main hub of southern provinces, by the following ways;
By Car: Follow Highway No.406 to Satun and turn to Highway No.4078 at
Chalong T-intersection to Amphoe La-ngu and proceed further to Pak Bara.
By Bus: Take a Hatyai-Satun bus from Hatyai. Get off at Chalong T-intersection
and take a Satun-La ngu bus or take a minibus from Chalong T-intersection
straight to Pak Bara Pier:
By Taxi: There is a taxi service from Hatyai to La-ngu to Pak Bara.
Taxi stand in Hatyai is opposite the post office on Rattakarn Road.
By Air-conditioned Van:A Hatyai-Pak Bara air-conditioned van service
operates daily between 6.00-16.00 hrs. A van leaves every hour and the
trip takes 1 hour and 50 minutes. The van stand is on Prachathipat Road.
The other alternative to get to the island is to hire a fishing boat
from Che Bilang Pier which is a deep sea pier in Tambon Che Bilang 13
kilometers from the town of Satun.
Access to other islands in the archipelago depends on the season. Travelling
during the southwest monsoon season is not recommend due to strong wind
and stormy weather. The best time to visit is between late December
and early May.
For information on accommodation, please contact the Public Relations
Work and Accommodation Services, National Park Division, Forestry Department,
Bangkok, Tel: (02) 5797223, 5795734, during office hours; or the Satun
branch, Tel: (074) 781285, 729002-3 during office hours.
Ko Adang: The land of coral Beauty
is a group of islands in the Tarutau National Park, 30 kilometers further
south from Tarutao Island. Among the various islands in the Straits
of Malacca, Adang is the most enchanting . Its unbeatable beauty and
scenic charms has attracted vacationers from faraway lands to visit
and revisit the place. Because of these magical charms, the islands
were much desired by the colonials powers. Had it not been the wits
of Phraya Phuminart Phakdi, then governor of Satun, these islands would
have been ceded to the British long ago. The splendors of Adang are
imminent in the crystal clear waters around the island, particularly
when the sea is calm. The transparency of the water often leads tourists
to take a quick dip, mistaking it to be shallow. Corals are bountiful
in the waters around the island. Tourists diving to admire the breathtaking
beauty of the corals may also witness the enchantment of exotic fish
such as stonefish , lionfish, anemonefish, lobster, or even friendly
stingrays buried under the powdery white sands, sea porcupines, and
colorful sea shells scattering around the sea floor. These marine creatures
move around the limbs of corals with shapes like antlers, hills, lettuces,
and mushrooms. Apart from exquisite corals, Adang offers visitors many
enchanting places to visit. Large mountainside natural reservoirs, unrelenting
sonorous waterfalls, crystal clear streams, and long stretches of white
sand beaches around the island, particularly at Ao Son where an area
is set aside by the National Park to accommodate 150 campers. To reach
Adang , visitors normally take a boat from Pak Bara Pier in Amphoe La-ngu.
Travel can be arranged in advance through the assistance of officials
at Tarutao National Park. Most visitors prefer to travel in groups,
good for family outings and also saving travelling expenses.
Ko Li-Pe The land of the sea gypsies
islands familiar with vacationers are Li-pe or Nipis Island (meaning
"thin" island in Malay). Lipeh is an island in Adang archipelago,
one kilometer south, and 25 kilometers west of Tarutao island. Formerly
Lipe was not inhabited. According to the "Report on the Survey
of Tarutao National Park" published by Mahidol University in 1977
, the first settler on the island was an Indonesian named Hili (pronounced
"ngi-li" by the locals). On his business missions, he was
a regular traveler to Penang and Siam and found a settlement first in
Ko Mai Kadan Island and married a sea gypsy woman. Later he moved his
trading post to Ko Bulon and finally to Ko Li-pe. During his early settlement,
he had to travel to Satun to buy rice, using a row boat. He picked up
coconuts which floated to the island and planted them there. Any fishermen
who came to fish near the island were invited to settle on the island.
(According to other sources, a man named Nai Mahmad had settled on the
island one year earlier than had Hili. And the seedlings of coconut
trees to be grown on the island were given to Hili by Phraya Phoominart
Phakdi then governor of Satun.) In 1909 when the British had shown an
interest in the westcoast of Siam , the governor of Satun brought the
people from Ko Sireh in Phuket and Ko Lanta in Krabi to settle on Adang
in order to prove to the British that the Siamese settled there and
the island belonged to Siam. The scheme proved fruitful and the British
agreed to drop the claim over Adang and the nearby area. Hili and the
sea gypsies on Adang Island were the ancestors of the three major families
presently residing on the island, namely Harn Thala, Thala Luek, and
Chamnarn Waree. The terms Chao Le (sea people) or Thai Mai (recently
naturalized Thais) are generally accepted by the sea gypsies at Lipe
but the term Chao Nam (water people) is despised for the reason that
not only themselves but all people are derived from water. Most of inhabitants
on Lipe are Buddhists and engaged in fishing. The houses of the sea,
not exceeding 200 meters off shore.Visitors to the island are likely
to stay overnight during the moonlit nights to witness monthly god -
offering ceremonial dances performed by the islanders. The dance, performed
along with the rhythm of the one-sided drum called Ramana, is organized
for three nights during the new moon. It is believed that the god -
offering dance will dispel all illnesses and evils from the island.
In addition, on the thirteenth to the fifteenth day of the sixth and
the eleventh lunar month (usually in May and November) the Setting Adrift
of Chao Le Boat ceremony can also be observed. The prominence of Lipe
lies on the natural beauty of colorful corals around the island. Particularly
fascinating are the ones in the front of the island where visitors can
see mazes of colorful corals and exotic tropical fishes under the clear
water, a site comparable to a giant aquarium. Visitors often brings
with them diving gears or life preservers which enable them to get a
close look at the idyllic underwater scenes. The most exciting moment
is during the low tide where a large expanse of corals emerge, a rare
picturesque scene which will be long remembered by visitors. To reach
Ko Li-pe, visitors often use the same route as that of Adang, from where
Lipe is easily accessible.
Ko Hin Ngam ( Beautiful Stone Island )
of its natural wonder, Ko Hin Ngam, part of Adang archipelago, has attracted
and inspired visitors from faraway lands to witness the unspoiled beauty
of the island. Ko Hin Ngam or Ko Pulo possesses beautiful stones polished
and shaped by the everlasting waves hitting the shores year after year.
The smooth and shiny surfaced stones of various sizes , shapes , and
colors are an amazement to the sight of the beholders. On this island
one can find these stones in black, blue, brown, red, mixed colors or
stripes in round, oval, and other shapes. The beaches on the island
can be best admired when the sun shines and the waves splash on the
The shiny glittering surfaces of the stones reflect the glaring sunshine
while the blue waves splash the beaches providing ecstasies for those
who witness the event. Of particular joy is the sunset when the last
orange rays of the sun touch the pure white foams of the waves giggling
on the stones. This memorable scene defies description. To reach Ko
Hin Ngam , visitors make a stop at Adang or Lipe islands first rather
than proceeding directly to and staying overnight at Ko Hin Ngam as
no accommodation is available on the island .
Ko Khai (Khai Island)
A large stone arch or "stone gate" in Ko Khai becomes a logo
of Tarutao National Park. During November and January large sea tortoises
come ashore and lay eggs on the beaches. Beautiful beaches are ideal
for swimming. Further down are large clusters of beautiful corals which
can be seen through the crystal clear water during the tourist season.