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Tarutao National Park
Tarutao National Park is a group of 51 islands in the Andaman Sea, near to the Malaysian border. The two main island groups are Tarutao and the Adang-Rawi islands. Adang-Rawi islands are 40 km to the west Tarutao Island. The park HQ at Ao Phante is located in Tarutao Island.
Ko Tarutao is covered by hardy green rainforest and mangroves with many sandy beaches surrounding the island. Like Langkawi Islands of Malaysia, Ko Tarutao has ancient rocks in strange forms. It should be Thailand Geopark.
Places to Visit at Tarutoa Island
1. Crocodile Cave.
2. Toe-Boo Cliff
3. Four species of Sea Turtle – Pacific Ridley, Hawksbill, Green and Leatherback.
4. Ao Son – a long sandy beach some 8km from Ao Phante.
5. Talo Wao – prisoner camp and site of “Survival” fame.
6. Talo Udang – political camp
Between Tarutao and Adang are two islands – Ko Klang and Ko Khai. The later is famed for its natural rock arch and white sandy beach.
Tarutao National Park - Ao Phante, National Park HQ
Tarutao National Park - Ao Phante with shady trees
Tarutao National Park - Ao Sone with beautiful stones beach
Tarutao National Park - Talo Wao or Talo Wow - Criminal Prison Camp
How To Go To Tarutao National Park
There is a ferry service from Langkawi to Ko Tarutao. Go to Kuah Pier at Langkawi and book your ticket from the counter.
If you are going by land, you can head to Hadyai. From Hadyai, you get a taxi that ply regularly to the Pak Bara jetty. You can get your ticket from the numerous ferry and speedboat services available.
Best months to visit : From November to April.
Updated on 4th Jan 2008
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