You won't find comfy resorts or even air-con on Tarutao, but the facilities are more extensive than on most Thai national park islands. While it’s usually fine to show up and score a room on the spot, you may want to call or stop by the marine park’s main visitor centre next to Pakbara Pier to make a reservation if visiting on a Thai holiday weekend. Otherwise you could try your luck with the clunky Thai National Parks website (link below).
Most visitors set up a tent or take a simple room near park headquarters and the pier at Ao Phante Malacca in the north of Ko Tarutao. You could also go for newer digs further south at Ao Molae or the campground down at remote Ao Son. At all three sites you can expect quiet nights, vast beaches and electricity switched on from 18:00 to 06:00. Visitors can rent two-person tents from the national... Read our full review of National Park accommodation.
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