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Satun
About Satun

Formerly being mostly overlooked, Satun is now increasingly well-known for its famous island, Koh Lipe.

Satun is divided into 6 districts namely; Mueang Satun, Khuan Don, Tha Phae, Khuan Kalong, La-ngu, Thung Wa and 1 minor district, Manang

Satun is a small province in the Southern Thailand that is located along the coast of the Andaman Sea. It possesses almost 100 islands; some are the considered as the most beautiful islands of the Andaman Sea. Besides its picturesque islands, Satun also features some attractions about culture and local way of lives.

How to go

There are standard buses and air-conditioned buses operated by The Transport Company Limited and by private bus companies from Bangkok to Satun departing from Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) on Borommaratchachonnani Road every day. Travel time is around 15 hours. For more information, call The Transport Company Limited call center 1490 or www.transport.co.th

Online bus ticket booking is now available at www.busticket.in.th or www.thaiticketmajor.com  or www.thairoute.com

 

There are no direct trains to Satun. Visitors can take a Bangkok-Hat Yai train, leaving the Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lumphong) to the Hat Yai train station, from which visitors can take a taxi, van, or public bus to Satun from Ratthakan Post Office. It is 97 kilometers from Hat Yai to Satun. For more information on trains, contact the State Railways of Thailand, tel: 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or visit www.railway.co.th

There are no direct flights to Satun. The trip by air can be made via Hat Yai airport, from which visitors can take a van, taxi, or bus to Satun, 97 kilometers away.

Recommended

Satun Central Mosque or Mambang Mosque

Satun Central Mosque (Majid Mambang) is located on Buri Wanit Road and Satun Thani Road in the center of Satun. The mosque was built in modern Islamic architecture style and decorated with marble and colorful glasses. The building is divided into two parts: outside is a corridor that leads to a dome tower where there are picturesque views of Satun and inside is a prayer hall. The library is located in the basement. Previously, Masjid Bambang was a one storey building. Its unique three-tier roofs were arranged in a pyramid shape with the smallest one on the top and the largest at the bottom to cover the whole building. The floors were covered with brown tiles. The interior measured 13 meters both in length and width and the building was supported by four wooden poles. The original Masjid had deteriorated because of its wooden structures and because it was too small to accommodate worshippers performing prayers. It was then uprooted and rebuilt in the same plot of land. The new building was completed in May 1979.

Satun Central Mosque or Mambang Mosque

Satun National Museum – Kuden Mansion

Satun National Museum or Ku Den Museum is situated on Satun Thani Road, opposite the Satun Land Department Office. The two-story building received the influence of western styled architecture; particularly the windows and doors which are of Roman motifs. The roofs were designed in the Thai's Panya style. The windows were assembled with narrow strips of boards arranged horizontally. The semi - circular clay tiles were used to cover the roofs. The ventilation at the upper-front of the building is decorated with star-shaped designs, imminently influenced by Muslim architecture. Phraya Phuminatphakdi, the former governor of Satun, built it in 1902 as his residence. The building was used as a city hall, though nowadays it serves as a museum housing antiques and artifacts and exhibiting the local art and culture.

Satun National Museum – Kuden Mansion

Tarutao National Park

Tarutao is the first marine park of Thailand. It is famous for its distinguished history and natural beauty. It is located in the Andaman Sea 40 kilometres from town or 22 kilometres from Bara Pier. The park borders Mu Ko Phetra National Park in the north and the Thai-Malaysian sea border in the south. The park occupies an area of 1,490 square kilometres and comprises 51 islands. Seven large islands are Ko Tarutao , Ko Adang, Ko Rawi, Ko Li Pe , Ko Klang, Ko Ba Tuang, and Ko Bit Si. Tarutao was proclaimed a National Park on 19 April 1974 and declared by UNESCO as an ASEAN Heritage Park and Reserve in 1982. The best time to visit is from November to April.

Tarutao National Park
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