Ko Adang, or Adang Island, in the southern border province of Satun, is set to be developed as a world-class tourism destination, like Langkawi in Malaysia, according to the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC).
The SBPAC held a meeting recently to discuss ways to upgrade and develop tourism in Satun, which is famous for its pristine nature spreading over jungles, mountains, and beaches.
SBPAC Deputy Secretary-General Chanathan Saengphum stated that all relevant agencies would work together in pushing for the development of Adang Island into a major tourism destination in this part of the world within the next five years.
Under this project, Adang Island will be dubbed the “Rivera of Southeast Asia.” SBPAC has selected this island for tourism development, as it has great potential, with a large and beautiful area suitable for being developed as a major eco-tourism destination and recreational center. The project will be submitted to the Strategic Committee for the Development of Southern Border Provinces, during its meeting on 27 February 2023.
Located on the Andaman Sea in Tarutao subdistrict, Mueang district, Adang Island covers an area of around 30 sq km, surrounded by small islands, such as Ko Lipe, Ko Dong, Ko Hin Ngam, and Ko Yang. Geographically, it features high mountains with dense green forests.
The second largest island after the island of Tarutao, also in Mueang district, Adang Island boasts many natural attractions, such as Mae Mai Bay, a waterfall called “Namtok Chon Salat,” which has water flowing all year round, and a scenic view point called “Pha Chado,” which was an observatory point for pirates in the past looking to attack commercial ships. Adang Island is also an ideal place for scuba diving to appreciate the coral reefs.
Professor Dr. Sukree Langputae, Vice-President for International Relations and Alumni of Fatoni University, said that apart from tourism resources, Satun needed to prepare itself to handle the tourism development project in terms of education. For instance, a curriculum should include related courses, such as those concerning foreign languages to equip students with necessary knowledge and skills.