Meaning ‘old’ or ‘primitive’ in Malay, Koh Tarutao is the largest island in the Tarutao National Marine Park. Blanketed in old rain forest and long, sandy beaches; Koh Tarutao has an interesting and checkered past as a prison. Today visitors come to hike the mountains, bike the roads, explore deserted beaches and camp among the wild.
Thailand’s fourth largest island, Koh Tarutao is protected as part of the Tarutao Marine Park’s since 1974. That means uninterrupted beaches, basic amenities and lots of nature. It also means no wifi, no ATM and electricity limited to the evenings. Kilometres of undeveloped, sandy beaches line the west cost of the island.