Survivor Tarutao, Thailand tour packages from
PaddleAsia's Tarutao office
is in no way associated with nor endorsed by the CBS TV series 'Survivor'
to heavy over-development and mass tourism, PaddleAsia no longer
offers trips to Tarutao National Park. It is not possible to run
trip of our normal quality in the park.
you think you can survive Tarutao?
American TV show "Survivor" was filmed on Ko
Tarutao in southern Thailand. Why Tarutao? Tarutao is almost entirely
jungle. The only signs of humans on the tropical island are the
national park bungalows, a former political prison and a bird nest
has a circumference of over 30 nautical miles. The tropical
jungle is host to a wide variety of wildlife including several species
of monkeys, langurs, mongoose, civets, pangolins, wild pigs, plenty
of reptiles, a plethora of tropical bird species including several
species of hornbills and lots of insects. You can read more about
Tarutao on our other Tarutao
page. Dave, Director of PaddleAsia, has been paddling in
Tarutao National Park since 1993.
Survivors on the TV show were nowhere near the first
to survive Tarutao however. Tarutao used to be a prison. In 1938,
the Thai government established a penal colony on Tarutao, just
3 miles from then British-controlled Malaysia. During World War
II, the prison officials and some of the inmates resorted to the
piracy of ships heading for the Straits of Malacca. They became
pirates suposedly because they were running low on food and medical
supplies. The fact is, there were enough medical plants, wild edible
plants and game animals to support all of them, so piracy was not
really a necessity. Maybe it was easier; maybe it was more 'fun'.
PaddleAsia Survivor Packages
PaddleAsia offers you several ways to experience
Package #1 - Keep
Tarutao to the Left
For those who love to paddle,
we offer a four day circumnavigation package. We'll average 10 nautical
miles per day. If you are reasonably fit, this will be easy. There
are secluded beaches all the way around Tarutao. We take frequent
breaks for swimming, relaxing or exploring. You'll get to do some
light trekking and you'll visit the former prison.
Package #2 - Tarutao
For the hardcore Survivor
type, we offer a six day package which includes eating
wild edible plants and learning about wild medicinal plants. We
won't be living entirely off of what we find, but we will sample
some of the most common wild edible plants. Check out our wild
edible and medicinal plants page. We will do some beach
camping as well as staying in bungalows.
Package #3 - Tarutao
Six Days in Paradise Package
PaddleAsia offers our amazing
six day package which includes the sea gypsy islands
that lie 30 nautical miles offshore. This package includes Ko Khao
Yai, Ko Tarutao and the outer islands. It gives you a great taste
of this 51 island national park. Bring your snorkeling gear!
Package #4 - Tarutao
Deluxe Eight Days in Paradise Package
So if six days is amazing,
imagine what you'll get if you stay out there for two more days.
That's right, more islands, more snorkeling and lots more fun. It's
time to squeeze the boss for a couple more days off!
Tarutao office: Grand Villa Guesthouse, Pak Bara, Satun Province
Tel: 01 8936558, 09 6520697 Fax: +66 76 240893
- Sites of interest for Survivor
an excellent site with plenty of up-to-date info.
Critter - lots of information about the wildlife on Tarutao
TV Fans offers a variety of information as
well as a popular forum.
Big TV - plenty of
links and information
- the name says it all
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