I'm planning to travel from Ao Nang to Ko Tarutao on Friday February 24th for a couple of nights and was wondering if I need to book accommodation at Ao Phante Malaka beforehand or is it safe to just turn up?
Also, I want to travel onward to Ko Lipe so is it possible to buy a ticket on Tarutao or do I need to buy one before getting there?
Thanks in advance for any advice!
#1Bilbo1 has been a member since 26/2/2015. Posts: 15
I'm afraid I can't offer a decisive answer on accommodation -- in the past I've always just turned up and haven't had problems, and I'd still practically guarantee that that approach is fine on weekdays. But I know that more and more local Thais are hitting Tarutao on weekends and the bungalows at Ao Phante do sometimes fill up, so you may want to try and reserve in advance if possible. Otherwise you can always get a tent.
Unless things have changed, it should no problem to catch a speedboat straight to Lipe from Tarutao and you don't need to buy a ticket beforehand. Last I was there it picked up at 11:30 am, just walk over to the pier in the morning and tell park staff your plans, as they need to call the boat ahead of time.
#2DLuek has been a member since 19/6/2008. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,344