Thale Ban is a lush expanse of dense tropical rainforest scattered with waterfalls that extends over the Banthat Mountains (see p385) close to the Malaysian border. It covers only 40 sq miles (102 sq km) but contains a staggering variety of wildlife including sun bears, tigers, and rare birds such as bat hawks. The park has some marked trails, the Yaroy waterfall, 3 miles (5 km) north of the park headquarters, and several swimming pools.
Satun is the nearest town and gateway to the park. It is within easy reach of Pak Bara, from which ferries depart for Tarutao, and the west coast.