Ko Tarutao is the largest island in the Tarutao National Marine Park. The idyllic island is located in the Satun Province near the Malaysian border. At 26 km long and 11 km wide, the island is ripe for exploration. Wander through the lush forests, lounge on the white sand beaches and paddle through the crystal clear waters of Ko Tarutao.
Ao Talo Wao historical trail
There were around 3,000 prisoners scattered here along the Ao Talo Wao Historical Trail at one point. The trail is lined with signs and old buildings that will give you an insight into the not-so-glamourous days of old Ko Tarutao where they prisoners suffered in paradise. The ruins of the nearly one century old buildings are being overgrown by the forest- making the area full of unique photo opps.
No trip to Ko Tarutao would be complete without a hike up the 115 metre high rock that stands above everything in the tropical landscape. You can easily get up it in under 15 minutes and you will get the view of a lifetime. Try to go at sunset for the ultimate perspective. The entry to the path is right next to the visitor centre at Ao Phante so it’s easy to get going. There are a few tight areas but generally it’s a very easy walk. If you do end up staying for sunset, make sure you bring a good light with to help get you down again.
Before you set out on your journey around Ko Tarutao, be prepared. One of the best things about Ko Tarutao is that you can go a day without seeing anyone, save for a few monkeys. The worst thing about Ko Tarutao can also be that you can go a day without seeing anyone. Pack a lunch and plenty of water before you go and don’t expect seafood vendors to be waiting for you around every corner.
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