My girlfriend and I are planning to stay 3 nights on ko tarutao followed by 3 nights on ko adang from 1-6 December.
Does anyone know if we should book the 2 person bungalows or will we be fine just turning up at this time?
If we need to book then has anyone had experience using the online reservation system at the national park website? I tried to make a reservation but it requests payment by bank transfer as I am outside Thailand at the moment. Does it really work or is there an easier way to reserve these bungalows?
#1 AlexSEAsia has been a member since 4/11/2013. Posts: 3
Hi there dear AlexSEAsia !
I will visit Koh Tarutao on early January (Monday 6 to Saturday 11) with my girlfriend
and I would be delighted if you could share your experience.
Did you had any luck with the accomodation just turning up there or did you finally camp?
Any other information would be welcomed!
Thank you in advance!
#4 Pegr0 has been a member since 13/12/2013. Posts: 2
We stayed 3 nights on Ko Tarutao , and 3 nights on Ko Adang. We had no problem finding accommodation when we turned up. We booked it at the National Park Office located next to the pier at Pak Bara where you catch the boat. However, I am unsure of what the situation will be on the dates you are visiting.
On Ko Tarutao there are 2 locations where you can stay Ao Pante or Ao Molae. Ao Molae had not been opened yet when we were there so we stayed at Ao Pante (If we went back we would stay at Ao Molae as we passed through whilst cycling and it seems really nice). At Ao Pante we stayed in a lovely big bungalow for 800 baht a night. We didn't get a good look at the other accommodation but it was further from the beach than the bungalows. There were some people camping almost right on the beach which looked nice but I'm guessing they were massacred by mosquitoes as there were a lot on the whole island.
There is plenty to do on the island. We recommend kayaking to crocodile cave (best to go at high tide to avoid mud and take a good torch). Also we had a nice day cycling to Ao Son where there is another nice beach. They only had 4 bicycles available for rent at the time we we there so we had to go early in the morning to get them before others did. On problem with staying at Ao Molae is that you are 4km away from where the bicycles are rented and where the kayaks are, but if you don't mind lazing on the beach with a good book then it would be fine and maybe you could arrange something with the NP workers if you really wanted to. There is one restaurant which does good food (a bit pricey by backpacker standards but only difficult because we were on a tight budget).
We met some people that had successfully booked online with the bank transfer one month before and it was no problem for them so may be worth doing if you want to secure a bungalow.
Hope this helps, any further questions then let me know.
#5 AlexSEAsia has been a member since 4/11/2013. Posts: 3
Thank you AlexSEAsia!
#6 Pegr0 has been a member since 13/12/2013. Posts: 2