Ko Tarutao Marine National Park in the Adaman Coast of Southern Thailand consists of 51 islands covered with protected virgin rainforest that is home indigenous fauna. Most of the islands are surrounded by magnificent beaches and healthy coral reefs.
Ko Tarutao is the largest of the 51 islands that belong to the Tarutao National Marine Park and second-most visited island in the group. In the early 1940’s Ko Tarutao was used as a prison because it was considered remote and hard to escape from.
The island is 26.5km long and 11km wide and the highest point is 700 metres above sea level. Rainforest covers over 70% of this hilly and most unspoiled island in the Anderman Sea. Here there are long sandy stretches of unspoiled beach and some caves to be explored.
Another island within the Tarutao National Marine Park worth visiting is Koh Lipe. This island lays just a short ferry ride from Malaysia’s Langkawi. This small island can be well explored on foot within a couple of hours. A variety of accommodation is available here along with beach facilities and as such the island has become popular with day-trippers and overnighters.