You won't find five-star resorts or even air-con on Tarutao, but the facilities are more extensive than on most Thai national park islands. Booking bungalows ahead of time is recommended around Christmas and New Year, on Thai holidays and, if you want to play it safe, over weekends. Tarutao has become increasingly popular with locals and all rooms do occasionally fill up.
The largest number of bungalows is found alongside park headquarters at Ao Phante Malaka in the north of Ko Tarutao, with a second location a few kilometres further south at Ao Molae. At both sites, expect quiet nights, sea breezes and monkeys who will snatch food and other items if you’re not careful. Power used to shut down at 23:00, but on our most recent visit the ceiling-mounted fan kept... Read our full review of National Park Accommodation.
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