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Ko Tarutao

Getting there & around

From Pak Bara there are boats directly to Ao Pante Malacca at 10.30am and 3pm (200B, 1½ hours); in the reverse direction, boats leave at 9am and 11.30am. Satun Ferry and Adang Sea Tours (0 1276 1930; www.adangseatour.com) runs several boats, all departing at around the same time; Satun Ferry is a little pricier. Note that most boat transport stops from mid-May to mid-November, when the park is officially closed.

During the high season you can also come here on speedboat day-tours from Pak Bara for 2000B, including national park fees, lunch, drinks and snorkelling. It’s possible to charter a long-tail boat for the same price from Pak Bara, or from little Jepilang pier, 13km west of Satun (30km from Tarutao).

Long-tails can be hired from the jetty at Ao Pante Malacca for trips to Tham Jara Khae or Ao Son for around 600B. To Ao Taloh Udang you’ll pay about 1500B for a round-trip.