Ko Tarutao

Ko Tarutao is the largest of the 51 islands in the Tarutao National Marine Park archipelago in the Southern Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand, in Satun Province.

Understand

Ko Tarutao

Ko Taratao lies approximately 30 km west off the coastal city of Satun. The island is 26.5 km long and 11 km wide. The highest point is over 700 m elevation. Rainforest covers over 70 percent of the island.

The name Tarutao comes from the Malay words "Pulau Tertua" (the island of old).

In the early 1940s Ko Tarutao was used as a prison because it was remote and hard to escape from.

The 5th season of the television show Survivor was filmed on Ko Tarutao.

Get in

There is a one-time national park admission charge upon arrival of 200 baht for foreign adults and 40 baht for Thai adults.

Speedboats operating between Ko Lipe and Pak Bara will stop at Ko Tarutao if the captain is notified ahead of time. An extra charge may have to be paid. The journey from Pak Bara takes 30 min. From Ko Lipe to Ko Tarutao takes 1 hr. minutes and costs 450 baht. You may be able to buy a ticket between Pak Bara and Ko Lipe and "stopover" in Ko Tarutao for a few days. Pak Bara offers bus and minibus connections to most of the major cities in Thailand, while Ko Lipe can be reached from Malaysia. If taking the bus to Pak Bara from elsewhere in Thailand, make sure that you will arrive in time to catch the ferry, otherwise you will have to spend a night in Pak Bara.

Ferries depart Ko Lipe daily for Ko Tarutao at 09:30 year round, with additional daily departures at 11:30 and 15:30 during the high season (Feb 2016).

Ferries depart Pak Bara daily for Ko Tarutao at 11:30 year round, with additional daily departures at 09:30 and 15:30 during the high season.

Get around

Walking is the best way to see the island. The speedboats drop off passengers near the park headquarters building on the north side of the island.

The south part of the island is generally unpatrolled and a report notes that it is run by gangsters and is the location of a human trafficking operation.

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Buy

There is no ATM on the island. The closest are in Pak Bara or Ko Lipe.

Eat

The national park runs and manages a restaurant that provides a considerable range of good quality meals: fried rice/noodles (70 baht), main courses (100-150 baht), all day with cold soft drinks, water and canned beer (40 baht). The national park also runs a small mini-mart for snack foods, soft drinks, and bottled water.

Sleep

All accommodation on the island is park-owned and managed, and guests have the choice of bungalows or camping.

Bungalows

Bungalows are between 600 baht (two persons) and 1,000 baht (four persons). Bungalows have a varying degree of luxuriousness: some are a simple room with four beds, some have room dividers and some have outdoor toilets.

Camping

Tents can be hired from the park office for 150 baht per night, which includes the cost of the tent site near the beach. The tents are not waterproof, can comfortably accommodate two persons without luggage, and lack headroom for anyone over 178 cm. Luggage can be stored in the office to free-up space in the tent. Tent sites cost 30 baht per night if you bring your own tent.

Connect

Internet (of uncertain quality) is available at the park headquarters building.

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