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Day trip to Ao Son & Lu Du Waterfall

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Tarutao’s western road shoots down to the beaches of Ao Molae and Ao Son, where a trail cuts inland to a clear mountain stream feeding serene Lu Du Waterfall. This is our suggested day trip for first-time visitors looking to sample the island’s jungle and beaches.

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Setting out from Ao Phante on a rented Trek mountain bike, it wasn’t long before we had to get off and huff it up a steep hill culminating at a switchback turn beside a spirit house—this is a good place to stop for a view into Tarutao’s interior mountains. After whizzing downhill on the narrow concrete lane, we followed a sign pointing right towards Ao Molae and Ao Son.

One-kilometre Ao Molae is a good spot to grab more water. Photo taken in or around Day trip to Ao Son & Lu Du Waterfall, Ko Tarutao, Thailand by David Luekens.

One-kilometre Ao Molae is a good spot to grab more water. Photo: David Luekens

Arriving at Ao Molae, a troupe of macaques took little notice of our presence. This one-kilometre beach hosts a string of bungalows and a restaurant at the foot of a dramatic cliff, making it a good place to re-up on drinking water. From here the road continues south through five kilometres of rolling terrain that’s a breeze compared to those ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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