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    Tarutao National Park

    From Thaiparks.com


    KO TARUTAO, 51 Islands, 1,490 sq km., is the National Park located at Malaca Channel, Andaman Sea, India Ocean. This Island is the part of Satun Province. At the south of the National Park is far from the border of Thai Malasia about 4-5 km. and 6 km. from Langkawe Island, Malasia. KO TARUTAO NATIONAL PARK is the source of beauty both on the Island and under the sea. On the land, the forests are abundant and there are many kinds of animal. In the sea, there are the wonderful corals well known around the world.

    HISTORY

    On 13 July 1837, the first group people clearing the land of Penitentiary Department surveyed KO TARUTAO to be the division of an army for 11 months and this Island became the place for the serious prisoner.

    In 1944, the pirates invaded this Island. Until 15 March 1946, the 300 English soldiers took hold of this Island from the pirates, so KO TARUTAO became the abandoned Island since 1947 to 1972.

    In 1973, the Department of Forestry allowed KO TARUTAO, KO ADANG RAVI and the nearest Island to be the National Park because of the beauty of these Islands. Therefore, KO TARUTAO is Thailand 8th National Park.



    GEOGRAPHY


    There are 7 Islands of TARUTAO Islands, TARUTAO, ADANG, RAVI, LEPAE, KLANG, BADUANG, and PASSI. These Islands are divided into 2 large groups of Islands, TARUTAO ISLANDS and ADANG RAVI ISLANDS.

    KO TARUTAO
    The shape of KO TARUTAO is the long Island. The mountains are high and low. The peak point is 725 meters from the sea. At the east of coast, there are the high cliffs and mud beach. The National Park Office is located at PAN TAE MALACA BAY, the beautiful beach.

    Seems the setting this time is an old prison colony.
    Could make for some interesting local challenges.

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    Map of the island

    From Andaman island hoping.com

    Tarutao was used as a prison during the Forties of the last century. While the prison site at Talo Wao on the eastern side served for normal prisoners, at Talo U-dang Bay normal prisoners and political prisoners from the first democratic movements in the country where detained. As the distance to the next islands and the crocodile infested mangrove forests at this time made escape unlikely, most buildings were made only from wood and have vanished over the decades. Besides earthen foundation walls and overgrown tracks, some iron tools are the only remains of this dark period of the island.

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    Ohhh how interesting. Good info, Fluff!

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    Some weather info.

    From Andaman island hopping.com


    The best time for Island Hopping in the Andaman Sea is from November to April. November is the coolest month of the year with day temperatures of 28 - 30C, the nightly temperature is regularly 5 - 7 degrees lower.

    The temperatures are slowly raising from November until May, in January, you can expect temperatures of 30 - 33C, in April the temperatures will climb up to 35 - 37C and occasionally downpours might occur.

    The monsoon season lasts from May through to October with temperatures slowly declining to their lowest level in November. During this period, the sea is rough and swimming is not recommended. Most of the smaller resorts on the islands will close down due to a lack of customers. Transportation will be available only to some of the bigger islands. Diving will be available on Phuket, Phi Phi and Krabi, while all diving schools at other destinations will close down due to a lack of customers.
    Swimming not recommended due to rough seas.
    I imagine that will rule out water challenges of the type we saw in S4.
    They really were filming right in the heart of the Monsoon season.

    The paragraph says many of the resorts are closed during the monsoon season so I wonder whether this will impact on the family challenge.
    There was no family visit during S3, just the videos from home.

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    Kao Tarutoa National Park

    I don't imagine the park looks quite this beautiful during the monsoon season






    From www.thaiparks.com

    Forest and wildlife

    The evergreen forest comprise of with various trees (e.g. Dipterocarpus turbinatus, Hopea odorata, Dipterocarpus costatus, salt-water tree, etc.), including sea forest, and the mangroves trees, and woodlands. The wildlife which can be seen often on Tarutao include wild boars, deer, monkeys, wild buffaloes, water monitors, turtles, hawks, cranes, various birds (e.g. white-bellied sea eagles, ospreys, hornbills, herons, kites, kingfishers, sunbirds and scarlet and orange-backed flower peckers).

    As a well-preserved national marine park for a long time, over 200 types of shells (e.g. pearl oyster, conch-shell, Tridacna squomosa, etc.) can still be found around Tarutao islands.
    There's certainly a wide selection of wildlife there.
    I'm not sure about opportunities to hunt (not that there's much to hunt on the list above) with it being a National park.
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    Wow, that is really pretty!

    I can't wait for Thursday!

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    Check out the camps they'll aparently be staying at in the "camps" thread, they look a whole lot bleaker than these pictures.
    That MB is a cruel man.
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    I want, SO badly to go to a place with water like that. To be able to see my feet in water up to my head...... amazing. Beautiful.
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    From Eonline.com

    Survivor" Thai-ing Up Next Locale by Marcus Errico Apr 12, 2002, 2:35 PM PT Breathtaking beaches. Crystalline waters. Lush monkey-filled jungles. The threat of deadly pirate attacks. Sounds like the ideal spot for the next Survivor. Officials in Thailand announced Friday that they have granted CBS permission to shoot the fifth installment of the reality series in the country's Tarutao Islands National Park, a chain of 51 pristine islands dotting the Indian Ocean. Specifically, the action will take place on the island of Tarutao. The island, some 600 miles south of Bangkok, was originally annexed in 1837 as a penal colony for subversive political dissidents and the hardest-case criminals. The island also served as a sanctuary for pirates throughout the years, until an army of British soldiers drove the buccaneers away for good (or so CBS hopes) in the 1940s. It has been deserted ever since and became a national park in the 1970s. Food-wise, there's plenty of tropical fruit on the island. Of course, the contestants will also have to contend with mouse deer, hornbills, hermit crabs, snakes, several species of monkeys and, for the budding Michael Skupin, plenty of wild boars. It took some greasing for Thai politicos to okay the Survivor shoot. Sidhichai Jayant, head of Thailand's Film Board, says CBS is spending at least $4.55 million for the 40-day shoot, which is slated to begin in July. A chunk of that sum will go to ensure the TV crew won't trash Tarutao's postcard-perfect white-sand beaches or leafy interior. Thai officials and environmentalists were fearing a repeat of the fiasco surrounding the filming of 20th Century Fox's The Beach two years ago. Producers of the Leonardo DiCaprio flick, shot 124 miles away on the protected Phi Phi Island, were accused of planting nonnative vegetation, ripping out plants, causing soil erosion and otherwise wreaking havoc on the ecologically sensitive area. "After going through the entire production process, we're confident there won't be any problems," Jayant says. "There won't be any landscape changes. Everything is under our control." He is also asking environmentalists to keep an eye on the Survivor 5 production, just to make sure. Per custom, CBS refuses to confirm the location. The network released a statement last month saying that locations were being scouted in Asia, Central America and South America and that producers were interviewing possible contestants. Survivor 5 will air in the fall. The current round of backstabbing amid nature's marvels continues to unfold in Survivor: Marquesas, set on the French Polynesian island of Nuku Hiva. Previous editions have taken place on the island of Pulau Tiga off the coast of Borneo, in the Australian Outback and in the wilds of Kenya.
    Seems as though food is plentiful on the island, could be another installment where very little food is provided by the producers.
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