In April 2018, the Deep South province of Satun was listed as Thailand’s first UNESCO Global Geopark, joining the other seven such Geoparks in the Asia Pacific. Satun Geopark covers four of the province’s districts: Thung Wa, Manang, La Ngu and Mueang that are recognised for its prehistoric limestone mountain ranges, an abundance of fossils and network of beautiful islands. Also, Satun’s uniquely diverse geological and cultural heritage contributed to this global recognition.
For those who want to visit, the first stop would be their website where you can read through everything you need to appreciate these geological treasures. The thousand-peak castle islands that you think are already very stunning will become even more special when you learn that it is, in fact, a limestone mountain that has been standing there for over 500 million years.
Attractions near Satun
Phu Pa Phet Cave
This is a large limestone cave with diversified and very spectacular speleothems. The interior of the cave is sectioned into rooms, named after geological findings; such as diamond, emerald, and coral. Highlights include the karst window spectacular with a sunbeam.
Satun National Museum
A colonial-period two-story building of the early 1900s, this ‘Kuden’ mansion was first a governor’s mansion and then a city hall. Distinguished with Muslim architectural elements (such as semi-circular clay tiles and star-shaped patterns), this mansion now exhibits Satun’s history and artefacts.
Wang Sai Thong Waterfall
The main freshwater source and recreational attraction for the people of La-Ngu sub-district, Wang Sai Thong
is known for its multi-layered pools surrounded by cascading waters that assimilate the forms of lotuses.