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Tarutao National Marine Park, Satun

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Tarutao National Marine Park consists of 51 islands in the Andaman Sea, off the coast of Satun Province of southern Thailand. The Tarutao National Marine Park consists of two island groups: Tarutao and Adang-Rawi, which are scattered from 20 to 70 kilometres distance from the south-westernmost point of mainland Thailand. The park covers an area of 1,490 square kilometres (1,260 ocean, 230 island). The southernmost end of the park lies on the border with Malaysia. Tarutao became Thailand's second marine national park on 19 April 1974. The coastal Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park had been designated in 1966.The name "tarutao" is a Thai corruption of its original Malay name, "pulau tertua", "old, mysterious, and primitive island."Ko Tarutao was the setting for Survivor: Thailand, the 2002 season for the reality television series, Survivor. The Philippine version of the series was also set there six years later.Main (larger) islandsThere are essentially nine islands of note in the Tarutao/Adang-Rawi archipelagos: Tarutao Archipelago * Ko Tarutao - The largest of the islands, Ko Tarutao is 26.5 km long, and 11 km wide. The highest point is over 700 m. Forest covers over 70 percent of the island. Klang Archipelago *Ko Klang, Ko Khaiเกาะไข, Ko Ta-Nga The Adang/Rawi group of islands * Ko Adang, Ko Rawi, Ko Lipe, Ko Butang, Ko Lek* In the Adang Archipelago, the small island of Lipe is the most important. With water available year-round, it is the home of the largest permanent settlement, of approximately 800, and the gateway for boat transportation in and out of the Adang group.
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  • After my disapointing visit to koh lipe moved on to tarutao this to has changed in 13 years but unlike lipe its improved. There was vet little here last time I slept in a tent on the beach and is was ...  more »
  • A very nice park! Mostly because of the snorkelingactivities we did. That was amazing! The islands itself where very touristic. Ko Lipe is just a (messy) walking street with many mini-resorts, accomod...  more »
  • The name, not just the Tarutao Island itself, is collectively covering the entire Marine Administration Area all the way over 100 km extended to Koh Lipe and the nearby islands like Koh Rawi and Koh A...  more »