About Satun

Satun is a quiet southern province known primarily by travelers for its spectacular if infrequently visited islands, particularly Koh Lipe and Koh Tarutao.

How to go
The journey from Bangkok to Satun can be made on air-conditioned coaches originating from the Southern Bus Terminal. The coaches depart from Bangkok either in the morning or evening and cover the nearly 1000 kilometers in about 13 hours. For more information, call the Southern Bus Terminal at tel: 0 2435 1199-200 or the Satun Bus Station at tel: 0 7471 1446.

From Hat Yai, Satun can be reached by van, public bus and taxi. Taxis are available in Hat Yai at the Ratthakan Post Office; vans and public busses can be found beside Dr. Somphot’s Clinic near Hat Yai train station. The vans leave every hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Public busses leave from Hat Yai bus station every 2 hours from 6.30 a.m. to 4.35 p.m.

Busses depart from Satun's bus station, which is located a few kilometers south of Satun town. Busses to Bangkok take 15 hours and depart at in the morning and in the afternoon. Busses to Trang leave hourly from 05:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and arrive around two hours later. Air-con busses to Phuket depart morning, noon, and night. The trip takes about 8 hours stopping in La-Ngu, Trang, and Krabi along the way.
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.

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