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Surat Thani - สุราษฎร์ธานี

Surat Thani is the main stopping off point for those going to koh Samui and other local islands, it can be gotten to by train or bus, both Surat Thani and Koh Samui have airports, Koh Samui Airport Info.

Surat Thani is 644km from Bangkok, 193km from Chumphon, 329km from Hat Yai, 658km from Kanchanaburi, 211km from Krabi, 618km from Nakhon Pathom, 138km from Nakhon Si Thammarat, 503km from Narathiwat, 408km from Pattani, 521km from Petchaburi, 196km from Phang Nga, 238km from Phatthalung, 287km from Phuket, 364km from Prachuap Khiri Khan, 219km from Ranong, 574km from Ratchaburi, 609km from Samut Sakhon, 574km from Samut Songkhram, 372km from Satun, 304km from Songkhla, 724km from Suphanburi, 226km from Trang and 437km from Yala.

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There are several beaches in Surat Thani but if your willing to travel to Sichon which is half way between Surat Thani and Nakhon Sri Thammarat you will find Khanom Beach, well worth the trip.

Surat Thani Province is in Southern Thailand and shares borders with Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi, Phang Nga and Ranong.

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Surat Thani Tourist Attractions

Wat Suan Mokkh

Suan Mokkh is set in a serene ambience conducive for meditation or contemplation of the philosophy of life. The temple itself is nothing but a combination of natural sandy grounds and rocks, dotted with trees. There are no elaborate stupas and chapels like other temples, only a place that keeps one in truly in tune with nature.

Wat Khao Suwan Pradit

Luang Pho Choi, one of southern Thailands' most revered Buddhist monks, founded this monastery. The 45-meter hilltop pagoda contains Buddha relics brought from Wat Phra Kiat, Hod District, Chiang Mai. From the pagoda, visitors can get a panoramic view of the coast. The temple is located approximately 1 kilometer from Don Sak District, along the Surat Thani Nakhon Si Thammarat (Highway No. 401).

Phra Borom That Chaiya

Located approximately 4 kilometers northeast of Suan Mokkh, or approximately 54 kilometers north of the provincial capital, this ancient chedi houses Buddha relics, which are highly revered by local residents. The restored Phra Borom That Chaiya serves as a fine example of Srivijaya's influence on religious architecture and is believed to have been built more than 1,200 years ago. Along the courtyard of the chedi are several sculptures and Buddha images.

Folklore Museum

Located approximately 300 meters from Chaiya City, at the intersection of Highway No. 41 and the side road of Wat Kaew (or Wat Long), the museum features numerous interesting historical objects.

Ban Phumriang

A small handicraft village located approximately 6 kilometers east of Chaiya, Ban Phumriang is notable for its gold and silver brocade silk cloth and jute head gear.

Chaiya National Museum

Adjacent to Phra Borom That Chaiya is a charming petite museum. Consisting of two buildings, the museum features prehistoric and historic artifacts in the vicinity, local handicrafts and a shadow puppet. In addition, artifacts from Dvaravati, Lop Buri, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya eras are also put on display. The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Admission fee is 100 baht.
Call 0-7743-1066 for more information.

Oyster Farms

Surat Thani is famous for oyster cultivation and the sizes of the oysters farmed here are substantially larger than those found elsewhere. Several medium to small-sized farms are located around the estuarine areas of the Kradae Canal and the Thong River. These farms can be reached by boat from the Tha Thong Quay side within 30 minutes.

Monkey School

Mr. Somporn Saekow, a person who believes that monkeys can be trained in order to use their capacities to the fullest, established this training college for monkeys. Students are mostly local pig-tailed monkeys from the forests. Monkey owners must pay a tuition fee, which is inclusive of food and accommodation. Classes of 3-6 months are classified into three levels, beginners, intermediate and advance. Graduate monkeys are trained to pick only ripened coconuts from the trees.
To get there, take Surat Thani Nakhon Si Thammarat (Highway No. 401) and drive for approximately 7 kilometers. Upon approaching a junction, turn right to the dirt road and proceed for approximately 2 kilometers. The college is located on the right side. Interested visitors are advised to check with local travel agents for full details. Alternatively, call the College at 0 7722 7351, 08 4745 5662 for more details.

Ratchaprapha Dam or Chieo Lan Dam

The lake offers an incomparably breathtaking view of limestone mountains and over 200 small islands. Accommodations near the dam are available from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Tel. 02 436-3179 or 77 311-364, 311-522. For those wishing to see the lake closer, boat rental service is also available. Contact 077 311522, or 02 2407405 ext. 5008 for more details.
The dam is located 70 kilometers west from Surat Thani on Highway No. 401. Travel along the Highway, turn right at the kilometer 52-53 marker and proceed for another 12 kilometers along an access road until you see the extensive lake beyond the Dam.

Ko Nang Yuan

The island is nothing but a group of three small islands located to the north of Ko Tao. Offering stunning and breathtaking views, the islands are connected by a three-way stretch of pure white powdery beach. The rich marine life at Ko Nang Yuan is similar to that of Ko Tao. With a wide variety of coral formations, the island is also an ideal diving and snorkeling spot. Accommodations and facilities are available with daily boat service to and from Ko Tao.

Surat Thani National Parks

Kaeng Krung National Park

The area of Kaeng Krung consists of two-complicated mountain ranges lying north and south. A valley between two mountain ranges is the source of Luangsuan River in the north, and Klongyan Canal in the south. The highest mountain is 849 meters above sea level. Most of the area is soil-mountain which has tin be an important and valuable mineral.

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok has a general topographic composition of Limestone Mountains and possesses the scattered peaks of Ka Lo Mountain whose form resembles those of towers. The highest peak to reside in the park measures at 961 m above sea level. The area in which the park is located contains highly acidic, sandy soil that is easily eroded during rainstorms.

Khlong Phanom National Park

Khlong Phanom is habitat of variety animals consisting of elephants, deers, tapirs, bears, serows, wild pigs, gibbons, monkeys, langurs, squirrels, mouse deers, red jungle fowls, etc. as well as variety of birds and reptiles.

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park consists of 42 islands. Its main islands are, for examples, Phaluai Island, Wua Chio Island, Wua Talap Island, Mae Ko Island, Samsao Island, Phai Luak Island, Kha Island, Hindap Island, Phi Island, Wua Kantang Island, Mae Yat Island, Wua Te Island, Naiphut Island, Changsom Island, Hanuman Island, Thaiphlao Island, Huaklong Island, and Kho Ban Island.

Tai Romyen National Park

The Tai Romyen area consists of complicated mountain range, and is the source of water. Its main rivers are Chawang River, Lamphun River, Namtao River and Tan River for examples, and some mountains are limestone so the area has many wonderful caves.

Than Sadet - Ko Pha-ngan National Park

The weather condition for Than Sadet is rainfall almost all year round. Average annual temperature around 28C, highest temperature around 33C in May (hot). The lowest temperature around 24C between December and January, it making the climate cool down during the period. Average annual rainfall is measured at 1,848 millimeters, February is the lowest rainfall around 38 millimeters and November is the high rainfall around 428 millimeters.

Guesthouses & Hotels in Surat Thani

Wang Tai Hotel
1 Taladmai Road, Surat Thani 84000
Tel. 0-7728-3020 - 30

Diamond Plaza Suratthani
83/27 M. 2, Sriwichai Road, Muang Suratthani 84000 Thailand
Tel: 0-7720-5333

Baan Khao Sok Resort
231 M.6,T.Klongsok A.Phanom,Surathani 84250
Tel . 081-9580185 , 081-8945440

The Cliff & River Jungle Resort
KM. 97 Moo 7, T. Klong Sok Phanom, Suratthani

Grand Saowaluk Hotel
99/99 Karnjanawitoo Road, Suratthani

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Surat Thani Emergency Numbers

Koh Samui Hospital
61 Moo 1, S/D Angthong. District Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Telephone (077) 421.232

Taksin Hospital
Talad Mai Road. Surat Thani
Telephone (077) 285.701-4

Chaweng Hospital
90/2 Moo 2, S/D Bor Phud. District Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Telephone (077) 422 272

Bandon International Private Hospital
123/1 Mu 1, Samui Ring Road, Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Suratthani.
Tel: 0 7724 5236-9, 0 7742

Bangkok Samui Hospital
57 Mu 3, Samui Ring Road, Chaweng (C5), Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Suratthani.
Tel: 0 7742 9500

Samui Government Hospital
61 Mu 1, Tambon Angthong, Koh Samui, Suratthani.
Tel: 0 7742 1230-2, 0 7742 1232

Samui International Hospital
90/2 Mu 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Suratthani.
Tel: 0 7742 2272, 0 7723

Thai International Hospital
25/25 Mu 6, Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Suratthani.
Tel: 0 7724 5721-6, 08 9473 8515

Koh Samui Tourist Police
Tel: 077 414 198

Surat Thani Tourist Police
Tel: 28 1300

Racha Ferry
Don Sak Office
Tel: 0 7737 1151, 0 7737 1026
Samui Office
Tel: 0 7742 3026

Surat Thani Phun Pin Railway Station
Tel: 077 311 213