“The coastal provincial capital of Satun is best known as southern Thailand’s gateway to the Andaman Sea islands, and is found 1000kms from Bangkok. Set on the Malaysian border, it’s a sleepy town, accessed by bus in 13 hours from the capital’s Southern Terminal. The air-conditioned buses run either early in the morning or in the early evening, with arrivals coinciding with boat transport to the islands.

Visitors should note that the coastal national parks surrounding Satun are closed for safety reasons during the rainy season between May and November. Getting around the town is by songthaew buses, tuk-tuks or motorcycle taxis, with an average cost of 30 baht per ride.”