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Study Trip

Satun UNESCO Geopark and Tarutao Marine National Park in Satun province

Thursday, 31 January – Sunday, 3 February 2019
Leader: Khun Kanitha Kasina-Ubol, Managing Director

 

 

Satun UNESCO Global Geopark is located exclusively in the Satun province of southern Thailand. The Geopark covers four districts (i.e. Thungwa, La-ngu, Manang, and part of Mueang Satun) including two national parks and one wildlife sanctuary. Altitudes reach up to 732 m and temperatures range between 23°C and 34°C. Mountains and foothills characterize the eastern and northern areas, while beaches and coastal islands dominate the Andaman Sea part of the Geopark.

Famously referred to as the ‘Land of Palaeozoic fossils’, the area is renowned, in both Thailand and the whole of Southeast Asia, for its abundance and high diversity of fossil species as well as for the oldest succession of fossils including trilobites, brachiopods, stromatolites, conodonts, graptolites, tentaculites and nautiloids. The Cambrian trilobite fossils of Tarutao Island are the oldest in the Thai-Malay Peninsula and the volcanic ash layers allow for absolute dating of the late Cambrian trilobite biostratigraphy. One new genus and five species of Cambrian trilobites were discovered here, as well as the fascinating red stromatolites. A significant amount of evidence in the area supports the evolution theory of the Old-World Realm in which Shan-Thai formed as a part of peri-Gondwana terranes. Prasat Hin Panyod is probably the most important geosite of the Geopark. The outstanding geological features of this site are characterised by a spectacular pinnacle karst landscape, including a stunning sea cave and hidden lagoon, which tourists can visit by kayak.

Tarutao Marine National Park was declared in 1974 to protect forested islands, coral reefs and sea-turtle nesting beaches off the western coast of Satun province in southwest Thailand. With an area of 1,490 square kilometers, of which 84 percent is ocean, it is Southeast Asia’s largest marine preserve. The park is home to at least 860 vascular plant species, 30 mammals, 140 birds and 50 butterfly species.

The park features three island groups. Ko Tarutao, the largest island, reaches a maximum elevation of 708 meters above sea level. The Ko Adang – Ko Rawi group lies about 50 kilometers west of Tarutao. Midway between the two island groups lies a tiny cluster of islands, of which Ko Kai and Ko Klang are the largest. This marine national park is fairly accessible and has one of the best coral reefs in the Andaman Sea. The Siam Society is arranging an expedition for members to visit or revisit this far south marine national park during Thursday 31 January – Sunday 3 February 2019.

Members will be staying 3 nights at Ko Adang. The Adang group of islands, comprising Adang, Rawi, Dong and Lepe are largely granite rock and are the best sites for coral reefs. Steep and rugged, the high point on Adang is about 702 meters and on Rawi 463 meters only. Members who enjoy spending a holiday at remote islands will have an opportunity for nature study, photography, swimming, snorkeling and walking at beaches. Accommodation will be simple bungalows with simple Thai food only. For the sake of smooth arrangement and operation of the trip, PLEASE BOOK YOUR SEAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

The tentative programme will be as follows:

Thursday, 31 January

5:00 a.m. Meet the group at Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport, check-in counter for Nok Air.
6:00 a.m. Depart Bangkok for Hat Yai by Nok Air flight DD7102.
7:25 a.m. Arrive at Hat Yai Intl. Airport.
Morning Breakfast at local restaurant and proceed to Satun UNESCO Geopark by bus. Spend morning and early afternoon exploring parts of the Satun Geopark in La-ngu district.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Late afternoon: Proceed to Tarutao Marine National Park by speedboat. Arrive at Ko Adang, check-in at simple bungalow belonging to the Royal Forest Department; dinner and overnight at Ko Adang.

 

On theIsland. Members will be staying at Ko Adang for 3 days and 3 nights. Sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling at various places in the area will be arranged. Meals will be served at islands or on boat.

Sunday, 3 February

Morning: At leisure.
- Depart Ko Adang for Hat Yai Intl. Airport by boat and bus.
6:00 p.m. Arrive at the airport, dinner at own arrangement.
7:55 p.m. Depart Hat Yai for Bangkok by Nok Air flight DD7115.
9:20 p.m. Arrive at Bangkok Don Mueang Intl. Airport.

Booking

A contribution of Bt. 22,500 per person (Bt. 24,500 for non-members) is solicited to cover the cost which includes transportations, accommodation (two person per room, no single room available), 11 meals, entrance fees to the national park and all arrangements to make this trip possible. Please pay by cash or cheque (payable to ‘The Siam Society’). Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7.  Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.