Photo: Sunset from Ao Phante Malacca.

Day trip to Ao Son & Lu Du Waterfall

Our rating:

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.





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 earlier hills.

Along the way we spied an arm-size lizard sunbathing by the road. Dragonflies buzzed by as butterflies fluttered around wildflowers. A little further up the road, a wild boar squealed while fleeing into the forest as we approached. A stream appeared to our left, leading us straight to the remote national park station at the far northern end of Ao Son.

Some tidal garbage, crabs and a sea eagle were all we found at Ao Son. Photo taken in or around Day trip to Ao Son & Lu Du Waterfall, Ko Tarutao, Thailand by David Luekens.

Some tidal garbage, crabs and a sea eagle were all we found at Ao Son. Photo: David Luekens

Stretching for at least four kilometres, Ao Son was named after the pine-like trees that join umbrella trees to frame the inland mountains. Though it’s only a narrow strip at high tide, a swathe of sand as wide as a football pitch emerges when the tide goes out. The sea flowed ashore like crystal sheets reflecting the white of the afternoon sun.

A spirit shrine surprised us somewhere near the centre of the beach as we tried to figure out if distant shapes were logs, dogs, lizards or people. As it turned out, we had the entire beach to ourselves save the tidal garbage, crabs and a sea eagle soaring high above. It was like walking ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


Don’t miss the boat!

Please subscribe to Travelfish.org to read the rest of this article, or log in here.


Subscribing to Travelfish costs A$35 per year and it gets you access to more than 200 downloadable guides to specific destinations, fabulous discount coupons and 50% off our personalised travel planning service. Sign up here.


By





Location map for Day trip to Ao Son & Lu Du Waterfall

Book a flight, train, bus, taxi or ferry in Thailand with 12Go Asia
From:
To:     


Start planning your holiday today

Sent every Monday, our newsletter is full of travel advice, news & special deals. Read past issues.

   

Popular attractions in Ko Tarutao

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Ko Tarutao.



Best places to stay in Ko Tarutao

A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Ko Tarutao.


What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Ko Tarutao.
 Read up on where to eat on Ko Tarutao.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Ko Tarutao.
 Read up on how to get to Ko Tarutao, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Ko Tarutao? Please read this.
 Buy a SIM card for Thailand—pick it up at the airport when you arrive.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.


See below for more sights and activities in Ko Tarutao that are listed on Travelfish.org.


Top of page


Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ko Tarutao? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.


Top of page