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Satun Emphasizes Natural Resource Management at Tarutao Marine National Park

April 2, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Satun is one of Thailand’s southern border provinces bordering Malaysia on the Andaman Sea. Tarutao Marine National Park is regarded as the most popular eco-tourist site in this peaceful province.
The Satun Provincial Administrative Organization recently held a meeting of the advisory committee on the Tarutao Marine National Park to discuss the creation of networks for natural resource and environmental conservation.

The province wants all sectors to play a greater role in managing natural resources in Tarutao, based on sustainable development. The meeting also discussed ways to deal with environmental problems and prepare for coping with an increasing number of visitors to Tarutao during the marine tourism season, between March and April each year.

The first national marine conservation area of Thailand, Tarutao National Park was established on 19 April 1974. It has a combined sea and land area of 1,490 sq km, encompassing altogether 51 large and small islands, which are part of Satun province. Two major islands include Tarutao and Adang-Rawi. The island of Tarutao is the largest, with an area of 152 sq km.

It is located in Mueang district and is about 40 kilometers from the town of Satun and only five kilometers from the Malaysian isle of Langkawi. In 1982, Tarutao was recognized as one of the ASEAN Heritage Parks and Reserves.

It offers magnificent views of natural scenery and coral reefs and is suitable for nature study and relaxation. The name Tarutao is derived from the Malay name of Ta Lo Tarau, signifying “many bays.”

Between 1938 and 1948, Tarutao served as a place of detention for political prisoners and long jail-term servers. An occupational training center was also set up here for convicts. This marine national park also includes a settlement of “sea gypsies,” island inhabitants from long ago who still lead their traditional way of life.

It was opened for tourism in 1974. This national park is home to diverse plant varieties and is a wildlife sanctuary for numerous animals, as well as bird species. Endowed with streams, waterfalls, and caves, the park’s mostly mountainous terrain is largely covered with virgin forest, which is accessible on an educational nature trail.

A place of interest at Tarutao is Ao Pante Malacca, on the western coast. This area, with a long white-sand beach, is the location of the park headquarters and a tourist service center. An exhibition on nature and the history of Tarutao is displayed here. This area is also a scenic viewing point, especially for beautiful sunsets.

Within the park area, accommodation is also offered for visitors to Tarutao and Adang-Rawi islands.

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