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    Surat Thani

    so im headed to surat thani for a week or so whan i get back to thailand,want to get some beach in, maybe see some sights, nothing too hectic, any suggestions?

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    Surat has no beaches. It's on a river. You'd have to go south about an hour to find a good beach. THE best beach, and I've been here 7 years, is to go south on the coast hiway to NST. At about 70 klicks you'll see a pink dolphin at a turn off. That's Kanhom (rising tone). That's the beach most Surat people go to. It's nice, it's dead, it's full of Russians.

    Now, if you don't turn left at the dolphin and continue south to the next turn off, about 20 klicks, you'll see a smaller turn off (a left). Follow that road, about 15 klicks to the end. There is a small resort there with a very nice beach, very few people on week days. Can't remember it's name tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camel Toe View Post
    That's Kanhom (rising tone). That's the beach most Surat people go to. It's nice, it's dead, it's full of Russians.
    Sorry to hear the rooskies have hit that place.


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    Now, if you don't turn left at the dolphin and continue south to the next turn off, about 20 klicks, you'll see a smaller turn off (a left). Follow that road, about 15 klicks to the end. There is a small resort there with a very nice beach, very few people on week days. Can't remember it's name tho.
    Sichon? There's a nice beach there.

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    I second Khanom. I went there regularly when I lived in Surat. Get there while you can. The last time I was there they were developing at a rapid pace. The beach was still quiet but there are all sorts of new buildings and plans for houses in the works. Still, some nice resorts out there with great seafood. No dickheads trying to sell you grilled corn on the beach either, and no one renting chairs.

    Haven't had the dubious pleasure of running into the Russians out there but I've heard they're around.

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    thanks lads, so whats in surat town worth doing then? not much on the net in the way of info

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    There's a big(ish) nightclub in town with Coyote Dancers. You can either buy sugar-water for 150B a pop or take your own spirit & mixers and just give them 50B every time they have some of your drink. Yes, it's cheaper; yes, it gets them bladdered; no, her boyfriend still won't be happy if you try to take her home.

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    There is also a Cowboy Themed pub called "boogie bar". Standard upcountry sort of place: food, so so band and a few girls hanging around. TP

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    Have some drinks down at the river at some of the restaurants or bars that set up by the night boats. There are some good pubs around, all Thai establishments but there are enough foreigners (mostly teachers...) living full-time in Surat that almost all places are used to foreign customers. I did hear about a "farang" bar/restaurant on Thanon Chon Kasem, I think, that opened up a while back. Ex- or current teacher and his girlfriend started it up. There's a big nightclub called O2-Slim at the Southern Star Hotel (tallest building in town- hard to miss). Beers are stupid expensive there.

    Surat's a nice little town once you get away from the grubby travel agent/bus stop/shitty hotel section. It helps to have a motorbike or some form of transport.

    Forgot to mention the night market downtown. Crowded (great for people-watching) and full of great food.

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    Just about all the farang bars and restaurants fail in less than a year. Surat is my home, that's the only thing I like about it. It's better than the two provinces north and south tho.

    I lived and worked at the major hotel in Nakhom for two months. While I was there a Russian mafia looking group came and stayed for a week. They left owning 30 of the rooms. Then a week later they bought up two of the beach bars. The place is dead. All those housing starts are on hold. The places you used to go to for a 300B bungalow last year are probably at least 1200 today. The biggest hotel in town is shite. Get this: The pluming doesn't work in half the rooms, the carpets reek, the food, if it ever arrives, is crap. So what do you get when you complain? A discount. A very small discount. But all of this hasn't turned the water to blood. The beaches are still the same, nice.

    Tha Sala and Shichon as the Stud mentioned are nice too. They have a sand flea problem there tho. The beach I mentioned ^^^^^^ is surly the best bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camel Toe
    They left owning 30 of the rooms.
    Serves the hotel right then...any business which is stupid enough to provide services on credit deserves to have people leaving without paying...

    here in bangkok you can't even get a decent hotel room without them swiping your credit card in advance...even with a pocket-full of cash they are not interested...

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    Did I read it wrong ?
    I thought he meant they bought a share of the hotel

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    right, ok have to hope my mate comes up with some nice places to visit then,only in town for a week, if anyone wants a beer, let me know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    Did I read it wrong ? I thought he meant they bought a share of the hotel
    Me too?

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    Yes, they bought a share. It has 70, they bought 30. This is the best of the hotels IMO, not the biggest but the best, Golden Beach. The owner made a very good more, very good! As the town was building up at a rapid rate everyone was wondering why he'd sell 40% of the place. Russians took it in the rear. Even before the PAD stuff went down people had pretty much stopped going there. It got too expensive. They priced themselves out of the market. And it's a boring little town too. Do you know how I know that? I figure when you see the 7-11 as the most frequented hot spot in the city it can only mean one thing...

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    stayed overnight in surat thani,plenty restaurants and bars along water-front and quite resonablely priced never got to any night-spots as had early morning coach travel to ban don pier en-route to Koh Samui here the beach's are very good a little crowded at peak periods but you can put up with that.

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    ^ thanks mate, yeah kind of trying to give samui a miss or ill only get stuck on there

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    If you're looking for a place to stay in Surat town, I reckon this is one of the best:
    100 Islands Resort and Spa







    Last time I was there the poolside patio room was 800 baht. Nice place.

    Quote Originally Posted by Camel Toe
    Tha Sala and Shichon as the Stud mentioned are nice too. They have a sand flea problem there tho.
    I've been there several times and ain't had any problems with sand fleas...

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    thanks mate ^ ill have to check that one out

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter View Post
    thanks mate ^ ill have to check that one out
    Cheers, it's away from the city center but worth the effort IMO. The restaurant is nothing special, but the rooms are comfortable and bargain priced. There's a Tesco complex within walking distance with all the usual dining options.

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    so whats the deal with the flooding in and around surat thani?

    all gone now, just a freak strom apparently
    Last edited by sunsetter; 29-12-2008 at 02:50 PM. Reason: friend in surat cleared that up for me

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    Friend of mine visited Surat few days ago.



    Dunno if you ever went to Khao Sok NP.
    This should not be missed IMHO when visiting Surat.

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    Sichon Beaches.....

    I can for sure recommend you visiting Sichon.
    Easier access to Sichon than to Khanom, if you come from Surat Thani.
    There is a double carriage way all the way from Surat Thani to Sichon.
    There are very nice beaches and lagoons and you can get an aircon room from 500 baht per night right on the beach!

    Someone said there is sand fleas...but that's not true....I have lived in Sichon for 2 years and I've never seen any sand fleas!

    This is like Thailand 25 years ago..unspoiled and undeveloped.. and the food is very good here.
    If you prefer a pizza restuant and a McDonald at every corner, then I must say that Sichon is not for you

    But I love it and the beaches are officially rated better than the ones in Phuket and Koh Samui !!

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