Monday, 26 September 2022

Welcome to Satun Province of Thailand

Satun, an attractive province where combines the unique identity of Thai-Muslim culture surrounded by the breathtaking world-famed islands along with several historical, cultural, and natural tourist attractions. Due to this miscellany, Satun was counted as one of the fine diamonds on the Andaman coast, one of the popular tourist destinations of all time.

Nevertheless, other than marine tourism, Satun is also famous for caves, waterfalls, rafting, local food, and interesting ways of living which are waiting for the tourist to experience according to the statement “Visit Satun, Wonderland The land of Harmony”. Satun people are looking forward to your visit.

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

Satun province is the furthest southern province of Thailand on the Andaman Oceanside. It is located 973 Km. from Bangkok with an area of 2,807.522 square Kilometers or 1,754.701 Rai. The neighboring provinces are Trang, Songkhla, Perlis State, and Kedah State of Malaysia, as of 31st December 2017, it has a population of a total of 319,700 persons, of which are 158,832 men and 160,868 women, divided into 101,646 households. Mostly Muslims of 76.77%, Buddhist of 23.02%, and other religions of 0.21%. It has 232 mosques, 41 Temples and 3 Chapels, 3 Chinese Temples, and 208 Islamic Centers for Islamic and Ethical Education, 392 monks, 53 young monks, and 230 imams.

The district is divided into 7 districts, 36 subdistricts, 279 villages, 33 provincial agencies, 51 central agencies, and 13 state enterprises. With 1 provincial administration organization, 7 municipalities and 34 subdistrict administrative organizations, and 51 communities.

The economic structure of Satun province is based on the main occupations and trades of rubber plantations, palm oil, rice farming, and orchard production, etc. According to the gross product figures, in the year 2015, the population of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) had an average annual income of 112,051 Baht, an increase of 693 Baht compared to the previous year. In comparison with the southern provinces, Satun has the seventh-highest average income per person/year and the 28th of the country.

As Satun borders Malaysia, a majority of Satun’s population is Muslim, many of whom are of Malaysian descent, adding a colorful character to the town, particularly in regard to Food and clothing. Fortunately for the people of Satun and visitors to the area, Satun has been largely unaffected by the domestic unrest in the south and is a quiet and safe place to visit.

Satun town, the province’s capital, is a sleepy town that typically only sees travelers who are en route to either the offshore islands or Malaysia. However, mainland Satun does feature the Thale Ban national park, which contains a number of waterfalls and a large lagoon surrounded by towering mountains.

From the port town at Pakbara, the top island destinations in Satun are Koh Tarutao and Koh Lipe, idyllic and undeveloped islands renowned for their spectacular natural beauty. Other islands include Koh Bulon Lae, Koh Adang and Koh Petra National Marine Park.

Key Tips

  • The winds coming off the indian ocean pick up moisture and dump heavy rains on the west coast of peninsular Thailand from May through October. The other six months of the year receive little or no rain. 
  • The monsoon winds make boat travel off coastal Satun dangerous from May through October.
  • Every year during the rainy season (16 May – 15 November) the island National Parks, including Koh Tarutao (Adang – Rawi Islands) and Koh Phetra are closed for visitor safety.