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Plenty To Do In The South
Satun town is in the south of Thailand near the Malaysian
border, a one hour ferry trip from Langkawi. The ferry
terminal is 15 minutes from town and for entering yachts,
you will find both the Harbour Master and Customs here,
whereas Immigration is in town.
Satun province faces the Andaman Sea and possesses picturesque
islands, tropical and mangrove forests, rice paddies and
Most tourists head out to the islands of Tarutao National
Park including Ko Lipe, an increasingly popular yet peaceful
Around Satun, there are plenty of interesting sights, including
Thale Ban National Park and several waterfalls which can
be found towards the Malaysian border.
We have rented an old timber house in the town located in
a coconut plantation.
This traditional timber house is one of three built for
teaching staff at a local school about 40 years ago.
The people of Satun are very friendly and represent a
mixture of cultures and all seem to enjoy the array of
festivals on offer throughout the year.
So far we have seen both the Chinese Nine God festival
and New Year, the Thai Songkran (water festival) and the
late evening feasting of the Malay influenced Ramahdan.
There is a fair in town at present and last month was
the kite festival. Daily there are small restaurants scattered
everywhere also varying in their cuisine. My favourites
are Dim Sum for breakfast and Wonton soup for tea, but
I also like Gai Pad Ka Prow and the list could go on!
These eateries vary from little stalls to tastefully decorated
restaurants, some with water features, statues and tropical
plants, others nestled on the tidal streams throughout
Westerners are catered for as well, the main place being
On’s Living Room, a popular place for yachties on
their border run from Langkawi.
Nightlife is busy too with karaoke bars, cowboy bars and
folk bars which regularly feature popular Thai bands.
It is a little gem which has little to no western influence
evident as yet and we hope it will stay that way for a while
It appears to be a productive place and there are lots of
new houses being built as well as a new bus terminal and
Most things you need can be bought here from the numerous
little businesses dotted about the town as well as the
local markets. The lack of large chain stores is great
because everyone can have a go at making a living without
the domination of the elite, a lifestyle which sadly has
all but disappeared from Australia.
One other prominent feature of this area is birdcages
everywhere! They house a native singing bird and owners
regularly meet and compare whose bird sings the sweetest.
I haven’t attended one as it seems to be a predominately
male past time.
In the Satun Gallery I have included some shots of these
cages as well as other features of Satun town.