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Surat Thani
About Surat Thani

Surat Thani is a province in the lower southern Gulf of Thailand.  There are many big and small islands around the province.  Koh Pha-Ngan is one of the popular islands in Surat Thani.  It will be the favorite island of travellers who love swimming, sunbathing, listening to the sound of waves, going diving or snorkeling.  There are many packaged trips to choose, just prepare yourselves for the exciting experiences. 

Koh Samui is also on the list of popular islands.  Most travellers are fascinated by its white beaches, emerald sea reflecting blue sky.  Hat Chaweng and Hat Lamai are the beaches for sunbathing and swimming all day.  There are natural beauty of Hin Ta and Hin Yai – a surprising-shaped rocks in Hat Lamai.

 

Not only beautiful beaches, travellers can also go snorkeling or diving to see beautiful coral reefs, or go to Khao Tha Phet Wildlife and Nature Education Station which is at the 210 meter height above sea level to see the city’s view.  Visitors can enjoy seafood at the restaurants around Tapee river or having seafood with the sea view at Aow Ban Don Tai.

 

There are many delicious food and sweet in Surat Thani including Khanom Jung, Phumriang shell, oyster, Khanom Chin (thin rice noodles) with spicy curry paste in southern style, Khanom Chindae, and bitter beans which has its unique smell.

How to go

Air-conditioned busses depart from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal to Surat Thani Province everyday. For more information call the southern Bus Terminal tel: 0 2434 5557-8 or visit www.transport.co.th

From Surat Thani there are three bus stations from which busses depart: Talaat Kaset 1 has bus service for travel within Surat Thani province; Talaat Kaset 2: has busses and minivans for destinations farther away, including Krabi, Phuket, and Hat Yai; and the New Station is for air-conditioned buses to Bangkok.

Trains leave Bangkok's Hua Lumphong Railway Station 10 times daily from 12 p.m. until 10.50 p.m. The trip takes approximately 12-13 hours. Ask for the train from Bangkok to Phun Phin, the closest station to Surat Thani City, located 13km away. A bus service between the station and the town is available as are tuk tuks and songtaews that service the ferry piers. For further details, please call 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or visit www.railway.co.th

Thai Airways and Thai AirAsia have daily flights connecting Bangkok and Surat Thani. The flight time is approximately 70 minutes. Many consider the budget flight on AirAsia to Surat Thani a money saving alternative to more expensive flights directly to Koh Samui, though visitors should be aware that with transfers from Surat Thani airport to the pier and the boat ride to Koh Samui, the entire journey can take upwards of a full day.

Recommended

Pak Nam Tapi (Tapi River Estuary)

The Tapi River Mouth is located approximately 7 kilometers from Ban Don Municipality. The area is particularly well known for its excellent seafood restaurants. Apart from serving reasonably priced tasty dishes, they are located against a magnificent backdrop of the peaceful Tapi River. Getting to the place from the city is easy. Just use tuk-tuk services located opposite Chula Shopping Mall.

Pak Nam Tapi (Tapi River Estuary)

Mu Koh Ang Thong National Park

This comprises some 40 islands about 20 kilometres or two hours by boat northwest of Ko Samui. The park covers 250 square kilometres, of which approximately one fifth is land mass. The most attractive islands include Ko Wua Ta Lap, Ko Mae Ko, Ko Prayat, Ko Sam Sao, Ko Nai Put and Ko Wua Te. Most islands comprise limestone masses reaching heights of up to 400 metres

Mu Koh Ang Thong National Park
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