A Visit to Koh Adang, Tarutao Marine National Park in Satun Province
Tarutao Marine National Park was declared in 1974 to protect forested islands, coral reefs and sea-turtle nesting beaches off the western coast of Satun province in southwest Thailand. With an area of 1,490 square kilometres, of which 84 percent is ocean, it is Southeast Asia’s largest marine reserve. The park is home to at least 860 vascular plant species, 30 mammals, 140 birds and 50 butterfly species.
The park features three island groups. Koh Tarutao, the largest island, reaches a maximum elevation of 708 metres above sea level. The Koh Adang – Koh Rawi group lies about 50 kilometres west of Tarutao. Midway between the two island groups lies a tiny cluster of islands, of which Ko Kai and Ko Klang are the largest. This marine national park is fairly accessible and has one of the best coral reefs in the Andaman Sea. The Siam Society is arranging an expedition for members to visit or revisit this far south marine national park from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 December 2020.
Members will be staying 3 nights at Koh Adang. The Adang group of islands, comprising Adang, Rawi, Dong and Lipe are largely granite rock and are the best sites for coral reefs. Steep and rugged, the high point on Adang is about 702 metres and on Rawi 463 metres only. Members who enjoy spending a holiday at remote islands will have an opportunity for nature study, photography, swimming, snorkelling, and walking on the beach. Accommodation will be simple bungalows with simple Thai food only.
The tentative programme will be as follows:
|Thursday, 3 December|
|06:00||Meet at Bangkok Donmueang Airport, check-in at Air Asia counter.|
|–||Breakfast at own arrangement at the airport.|
|07:25||Depart Bangkok for Hat Yai by Air Asia flight FD3116|
|09:00||Arrive at Hat Yai Airport and proceed to Pak Bara Boat Landing in La-Ngu district.|
|Noon:||Proceed to Tarutao Marine National, having lunch there and then continue to Koh Adang.|
|–||check-in at simple bungalow belonging to the Royal Forest Department; dinner and overnight at Koh Adang.|
|On the Island. Members will be staying at Koh Adang for 4 days and 3 nights. Sightseeing, swimming, snorkelling at various places in the area will be arranged. Meals will be served on the islands or on the boat.|
|Sunday, 6 December|
|Noon:||After lunch, depart Koh Adang back to Hat Yai Airport.|
|16:30||Arrive at the airport, check-in for Air Asia.|
|–||Dinner at own arrangement at the airport.|
|17:50||Depart Hat Yai for Bangkok by Air Asia flight FD3115|
|19:20||Arrive at Bangkok Donmueang Airport.|
|The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary.|
Note – To comply with the measures recommended by the government due to the COVID-19 pandemic protect yourself and others around you by knowing the facts and taking appropriate precautions. The Society kindly ask our participants to follow the safety and precaution measures that have been declared by the government and health organisations.
– Air tickets will be limited, so kindly make the payment as soon as you make a reservation.
The contribution of THB 22,000 (THB 23,000 for non-members), single room surcharge THB 2,250. will cover airfares, transportation as mentioned in the programme, accommodation for 3 nights (two persons per room), meals, gratuities and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. In addition, basic travel insurance is included. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Alternatively, you can transfer the money to The Siam Society travel account at TMB Bank, Asoke Branch, saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.
For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert at Tel. 02-661-6470-3 ext. 504 or Khun Supanut Tel. 02-661-6470-3 ext. 506, Fax 02-258-3491 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Society office is open from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.