Khamis, 20 Disember 2012

SATUN : Thing To Do

With its bamboo, sarong-draped tables, leafy front porch and tasty Thai and Western dishes, this is the place to hang in Satun (which explains the yachtie barflies).

Chinese and Muslim bites can be scouted on Th Burivanich and Th Samanta Prasit. Try the 'red pork' with rice at the Chinese food stalls or the southern-style roti offered at most Muslim restaurants (around 50B each). Satun's popular night marketcomes to life around 5pm and serves great Thai curries.

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Ku Den Museum
   Tears won’t be shed if you have to give this place a miss – Satun only has one real attraction, the Ku Den Museum. Housed in a lovely old Sino-Portuguese mansion, this excellent museum was constructed to house King Rama V during a royal visit but the governor snagged the roost when the king failed to show up. The building has been lovingly restored and the exhibits feature dioramas with soundtracks covering every aspect of southern Muslim life.

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 Thale Ban National Park
Very few foreigners make it out to this park, which lies on the Malaysian border about 30km northeast of Satun. Its main feature is a freshwater lake that sits in the middle of the 196-sq-km park, a scenic area of upland rainforest with captivating wildlife, waterfalls and caverns. There's no public transport to the park, but you can get here by hired taxi from Satun or Hat Yai.

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Andaman Trips & Services

    The friendly Andaman Trips & Services has English-speaking staff, can book boats and buses, arrange trips to Thale Ban National Park and moonlights as a day-care centre. Price includes transport, a knowledgeable local guide, trekking to caves and waterfalls, and lunch.

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 Tham Lod Pu Yu

    If you head down to Tammalang pier, a 7km sŏrng·tǎa·ou ride south of Satun, you can hire long-tail boats to visit Tham Lod Pu Yu, a picturesque limestone cave dripping with stalactites, right on the Malaysian border.

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