While we're not sure exactly how this came to be a private island, Ko Talu today is known for its efforts at reef reclamation after destructive fishing practices decimated the reef. Fishing was banned and (depending on who you talk to, a bunch of fishermen were kicked off the island) work began to repair the reef. Today it has received considerable media acclaim, and while there are plenty of ... Read more about Ko Talu National Marine Park .
The cave temple is well signposted and conveniently not all that far off the main road between Bang Saphan Yai and the main beach area. It contains several impressive chambers, lined with dozens of seated Buddha images under neon light. The wat is at the foot of the hill and the monks will turn on the lighting system as you arrive after you pay a requested 20 baht donation. This is a ... Read more about Wat Tham Manrong .
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