Standing majestically on the Malay Peninsula, ashore the vast expanse of Andaman Sea and on the backdrop of mountains, Satun is a lovely province of Thailand, surrounded by colorful corals. Satun travel offers you plenty of opportunities to explore the oceans through diving and snorkeling, and lots of other activities.
Satun’s name is derived from its original Malay name, Setul or Santol, meaning wild mangosteen tree. It was under the Kedah’s Malay state and came under Siamese rule, under the 1909 Anglo-Siamese Treaty. In 1933, it became one of Thailand’s first-level subdivisions.
The province is separated from Malaysia by Sankalakhiri Mountains and from the neighboring province of Songkhla by Nakhon Si Thammarat Mountain range. It has majority of Muslim population and some Buddhist population too. Both the cultures are so harmonious that they intermarry too. The mixed community is termed as Samsam.
Satun is famous for its marine national parks, like Tarutao National Park (1st in the country), Ko Phetra and Thale Ban Marine National Park. It is also famous for its wonderful islands, beaches, lagoons and bays, where you can enjoy plenty of swimming, diving, snorkeling, canoeing, boating and kayaking.
Ko Tarutao doesn’t only feature corals, but also an affluent Nature in form of mountains, evergreen forest, and an amazing floral and faunal diversity. Bays like Ao Phante Melaka, Ao Chak and Ao Mo Lae, and Ao Son Beach are the remarkable features of Ko Tarutao.
Take up an enchanting Nature trail from Ao Son to Namtok Ludu, a lovely little waterfall.
Pha To Bu is a 60-meter high cliff which offers lovely views of beaches.
Explore the 300-meter deep Tham Chorakhe Cave with striking stalactites and stalagmites.
Pay a visit to the natural stone arch on Ko Khai. Here you can also find abundant corals.
Islands like Ko Hin Ngam, Ko Yang (aka Ko Kata), Ko Chabang, Muko Dong, and many others are must-visit during your Satun travel. So also is the Satun Central Mosque, aka Mambang Mosque.
Satun Pakbara Speedboat Club arranges boating tours in speedboats to Ko Lipe, Ko Bulon Leh and Ko Tarutao.
Visit Satun National Museum on Satun Thani Road, for its wonderful Western-style architecture and Roman motifs on windows.
Wat Chanathip Chaloem (1st Buddhist temple in Satun), Khao To Phaya Wang Public Park, La-ngu Local Museum and Namtok Wang Sai Thong Waterfall are just some of the many interesting places of Satun.
Ko Lipe Island in Satun is famous for its marine national park, offering diving and snorkeling as well as a vibrant nightlife. It has three lovely beaches, viz. Sunrise, Sunset and Pattaya Beach. Forra Diving is a French-run diving school here. Another diving school is Ocean Pro.
Satun features a very lively night market starting from around 5 pm and you can enjoy some awesome Thai curries there. Small weekend markets are also good places. Try Wang Prachan Border Market on Saturdays and Sundays, (6 am to noon) near Thale Ban National Park, where there is a duty-free market and you can get your hands on clothes, electric appliances, CDs and much more.
There is literally an abundance of eateries in Satun. Enjoy a jungle meal at Jack’s Jungle Bar, amidst jungles, where you can savor some lip-smacking curries. Majority of Thai food served in Satun is of Muslim style. Kor Lae chicken, Indian style Roti, snacks like Labanoon, a Malay dessert named Bunga Kuda, Pootoo and Gokuda, etc are some must-eat items. Plenty of restaurants are spread all over to please your taste buds.
During your Satun travel, you should also enjoy its unique festivals, like International Kite Festival (February), Tarutao – Adang Fishing Club Fair (March), Satun Marine Tourism Festival (December) and Boat Floating Tradition (December).