Travel in Satun, Thailand

Travel in Satun, Thailand. Formerly being mostly overlooked, Satun is now increasingly well-known for its famous island, Koh Lipe.

Travel to Satun, Thailand
Koh Lipe
Satun is divided into 6 districts namely; Mueang Satun, Khuan Don, Tha Phae, Khuan Kalong, La-ngu, Thung Wa and 1 minor district, Manang

Satun is a small province in the Southern Thailand that is located along the coast of the Andaman Sea. It possesses almost 100 islands; some are the considered as the most beautiful islands of the Andaman Sea. Besides its picturesque islands, Satun also features some attractions about culture and local way of lives.

Travel in Satun

Satun is located in the far south of Thailand, nearly 1000 kilometers from Bangkok. Most of the provincial inland is mountainous and the coastal region features more than 60 islands.

As Satun borders Malaysia, a majority of Satun’s population is Muslim, many of whom are of Malaysian descent, adding a colorful character to the town, particularly in regards to food and clothing.

Fortunately for the people of Satun and visitors to the area, Satun has been largely unaffected by the domestic unrest in the south and is a quiet and safe place to visit.

Satun town, the province’s capital, is a sleepy town that typically only sees travelers who are en route to either the offshore islands or Malaysia. However, mainland Satun does feature the Thale Ban National Park, which contains a number of waterfalls and a large lagoon surrounded by towering mountains.

From the port town at Pakbara, the top island destinations in Satun are Koh Tarutao and Koh Lipe, idyllic and generally undeveloped islands renowned for their spectacular natural beauty. Other islands include Koh Bulon Lae, Koh Adang and Koh Petra National Marine Park.

Satun is a small province in the south of Thailand that is located along the coast of the Andaman Sea. In addition to a border crossing with Malaysia Satun Province possesses picturesque islands, verdant forests, and a mountainous interior.

Satun, once part of an independent Sultanate, has had strong ties with Thailand since the Ayutthaya period and as mixed marriages between Thais and Malay Muslims has been common for centuries, many Satun people are Samsam, meaning a mixed person. While most inhabitants of Satun, including most Samsams, are Muslims, Satun has avoided the regional unrest occurring in other southern provinces.

Most visitors to Satun come to visit the province’s spectacular national parks, including Mu Koh Tarutao National Park and Mu Koh Phetra National Park.

Key Tips Travel to Satun

The winds coming off the Indian Ocean pick up moisture and dump heavy rains on the west coast of peninsular Thailand from May through October. The other six months of the year receive little or no rain.

The monsoon winds make boat travel off coastal Satun dangerous from May through October.

Every year during the rainy season (16 May - 15 November) the island national parks, including Koh Tarutao (Adang - Rawi Islands) and Koh Phetra are closed for visitor safety.

Accommodation in Satun

Satun offers diverse ranges of hotels, resorts and guesthouses.  Some national parks also provide camping sites with cabin lodging and tents available for rent for nature lovers and those who want to discover the pleasures of camping holiday.

Where to Go in Satun

Tarutao National Park  is the first marine national park of Thailand, comprising of many large and small islands such as Koh Tarutao, Koh Lipe, Koh Adang, Koh Rawi, Koh Dong, Koh Hin Ngam, etc.

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Tarutao National Park
Travel to Satun, Thailand
Tarutao National Park
Travel to Satun, Thailand
Tarutao National Park
Koh Lipe is being called ‘Maldives of Thailand’ because of its white powdery beaches, plenty of natural coral reefs with a good population of colorful reef fish and the emerald-blue and crystal clear sea water. The island is a paradise for divers.
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Koh Lipe
Travel to Satun, Thailand
Koh Lipe
Travel to Satun, Thailand
Koh Lipe
Travel to Satun, Thailand
Koh Lipe
Koh Khai has the famous landmark which is the natural stone arch. It is believed that lovers who walk through this stone archway together will be together eternally.

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Koh Khai
Koh Hin Ngam is an outstanding island with no sand. It derives its name from the black shiny pebbles covered all over the beaches.

Koh Hin Son gets its name from two large rocks lying toward the other in the middle of the sea. The island is full with coral reefs, sea anemone and coral reef fish which can be easily seen due to the shallow water.

Phu Pha Phet cave is the largest cave in Thailand and the world’s fourth largest cave. The cave boasts a spacious chamber and a high ceiling. When light reflects on stalactites and stalagmites in the cave, they shine with glittering and twinkling characteristic like diamonds. At the innermost spot, there is an emerald green stone. During the month of May and June, when the time is around 3.00 PM the sun shines its light through a hole causing natural light beaming on the stone which is very spectacular highlight of the cave.

Koh Rawi is located around 1km from Koh Adang.  Koh Rawi is a fantastic spot to snorkel and see rich coral reefs along the beach. The center of the island features a fertile forest where various species of birds are found.

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Koh Rawi
Koh Adang was once a pirate island. Nowadays, the island is also a snorkeling spot to see coral reefs.

Thale Ban National Park is in the south of Satun Province bordering Malaysia. Most of the areas are a complex of mountains and dense woods and are homes of various species of birds.  There are natural study trails in the park.

Hat San Lang Mang Korn (Thale Waek) is a stunning spot where a 3-kilometer long strip of sand dune emerged over the sea during the low tides.

Thung Wa Ancient Elephant Museum is where visitors can observe various ancient fossils of elephants, plants and other animals discovered in Satun, including the Stegodon's jaw.

Le Stegodon Cave is the longest cave in Thailand with a total of 4 km in length where visitors can ride a kayak along the river inside the cave.

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Le Stegodon Cave
Koh Ho Khao is an island formed from remains of white shells for millions years. The entire island is without beaches.

Things to do in Satun

Satun boasts a number of splendid islands and wonderful sites of coral reefs. Visitors can enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving. For nature lovers, Thale Ban National Park offers an amazing nature study walking trails through the jungle surrounding by floras and faunas and is a great site for bird watching.

Food & Drink in Satun

Due to its ethnically mixed population, Satun offer a variety of cuisines of Thai cuisine, Southern Thai cuisine, seafood dishes, and Muslim cuisine. You can find a superior version of  Khao Mok Kai (Chicken and Yellow Rice) in Satun.

Shopping in Satun

Satun’s famous souvenirs are jewelry, food and handicrafts which mostly are OTOP products. Tourists can find souvenir shops in Satun town, around Pak Bara Pier and in most of major tourist attractions. Popular souvenirs are pearl jewelry, Budu sauce, crispy roti, fish crackers, shrimp crackers, batiks, etc.

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