Koh Tarutao National Park

We returned from paradise today. We spent the last 5 days on an uninhabited tropical island off of the Indian coast of southern Thailand! Koh Tarutao is one of the islands that makes up Tarutao National Park and from 1938 – 1946 it was where political and common prisoners were kept! At one time over 3,000 prisoners were on the 152 square km island. About 1/3 died of malaria or malnutrition. They were punished in severe ways, like 10-15 consecutive days in the hot sun or marching in place with a heavy anchor. A little spookey, but thanks to the prison, the island still has pristine tropical rainforest, and no resorts, which means hardly no tourists! If you want peace and quiet and a tropical white sand beach to call your own, then this is the place to go.
The island was full of wildlife. We saw 50 species of birds (highlights: white bellied sea-eagle, ruddy kingfisher, pacific reef egrets), 10 species of mammals (highlights: crab-eating macaques, langur monkeys, wild pigs, giant black squirrels, smooth coated river otters and lesser mouse deer!), 1 snake, 4 frogs and 5 lizards.
Tonight we are taking a bus to Malaysia.

2 thoughts on “Koh Tarutao National Park”

  1. Great pictures! Your own island! I’m sure you two brought good energy to the otherwise tragic past of that beautiful island. I want to see pics of them seals when you get back!
    Safe travels. What a fantastic way to start the New Year! ❤

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