T.I.C.D.: Mu Ko Bulon & Mu Ko Khao Yai
Some of the lesser-known of Satun province's islands, condensed.
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Entering Satun province…
Thailand’s southwestern-most province, Satun has at least 101 islands in all, making it the fourth most island-rich province in Thailand.
Many of them are easy to access from Pakbara, a pier town set along the northern shores of Satun. Crowds of travelers pass through Pakbara on the way to Ko Lipe, Ko Adang and Ko Tarutao. If you’ve ever been there and noticed smaller boats carrying only handfuls of travelers, they were likely heading to two obscure clusters found closer to the mainland, each boasting some wonderful islands.
Mu Ko Bulon and Mu Ko Khao Yai also comprise much of the southern half of Mu Ko Phetra NP, which additionally covers the Ko Phetra group to the north and bits of the mainland at Ao Noon and Tham Le Stegodan. These mainland sites are of geological interest and also reachable from Pakbara; combine them with islands like Ko Bulon Leh and Ko Lidi to form a nifty alternative trip in Satun.