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Satun  is one of the southern provinces ( Changwat ) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are ( from north clockwise ) Trang, Phatthalung and Songkhla. To the south it borders Perlis of Malaysia. Satun, having a population of about 22,000, is the gateway to Thailand's southern islands at the side of Andaman Sea. There is an abundance of pristine nature and mountainous forests with more than 80 beautiful surrounding islands. The well - known and famous islands are Koh Tarutao, Koh Adang, Koh Rawi and Koh Lipe. It is only a few kilometres from the Andaman coast but a whopping 940 km from Bangkok. Although a majority Muslim population town, Satun has largely escaped the strife that plagues some of the neighbouring provinces such as Narathiwat and Pattani, Satun is safe and very friendly place to visit.

Satun covers an area of 2,478 sq km. Geographically, it features high hills. On the eastern side, there is a plain, mountainous forests, and water sources. The plain and mountains together with a basin lie in the middle near the coast. Along the coastal line is a plain and an occasionally-flooded mangrove forest where mangrove and Samae trees are mostly found.

The name Satun is a Thai version of its original Malay name, Setul The province is located on the Malay Peninsula, on the shore of the Andaman Sea. It is separated from Songkhla Province by the Nakhon Si Thammarat mountain range, and from Malaysia by the Sankalakhiri mountains. The Ko Tarutao and Ko Phetra marine national parks are part of the province. Close to the border with Malaysia is the Thale Ban National Park, a big freshwater swamp area.

Until 1813 Satun was a district of the Malay state of Kedah, then known as Setul Mambang Segara or Mukim Setul in Malay. After that date it was administered by a governor sent from Nakhon Si Thammarat. In 1897 Satun became part of Monthon Saiburi ( now Kedah ), which in 1909 was divided between British Empire and Siam as part of Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909. While most of Kedah was ceded to Britain, Satun was awarded to Siam because it had a relatively large Thai population. Satun was then incorporated into Monthon Phuket. The monthon system was ended in 1933, and Satun province became a first-level subdivision of Thailand. Satun is one of the four provinces of Thailand which have a Muslim majority: 67.8% are Muslim and 31.9% are Buddhists. Most of the Muslims have some ethnic-Malay ancestry, though only 9.9% of the population claims to be ethnically Malay.

Satun Province, Page 1, Geography of the Province.
Satun Province, Page 1, Geography of the Province.