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Anchor southwest of the rock outcrop in 6-10 metres on a sandy bottom or take one of the orange government moorings. National Park headquarters has a cement pier at the entrance to a mangrove creek for shallow-draft vessels. A 500 baht per person landing fee will be levied.

The mangrove creek, which extends several kilometres and is navigable by dinghy, runs through a stunning limestone cave (Crocodile Cave). Sea turtle nursing ponds built to raise hatchlings of endangered species stand at the entrance to the park administration building.

Other amenities include bamboo houses, bungalows, a small store, restaurant, museum, visitors’ centre, communications office, public toilets, and a library. Just south of the settlement is the oldest road on the island, built in 1937, running 11 kilometres to Ao Talo Wao and a further 8 kilometres to Ao Talo Udung. A branch track goes to Ao Son on the west coast. These are all recommended trekking paths from the main campground area and pass by waterfalls in the hills.

Ferries from Pak Bara operate daily via Koh Tarutao and onward to Koh Adang and Koh Lipe in the Butang Group.

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