Named after a city in India, Surat Thani translates as “City of Good People. Most travelers who pass through are heading straight to/from the very popular islands of Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao. Few spend more than a night in Surat, which has way much more to itself than just being a place to catch a boat. We think the scenic riverfront, great food and worthwhile day trips make it a destination in its own right.
Surat Thani is a place in Surat Thani province, southern Thailand. It is the capital of the Surat Thani Province and is 651 km south of Bangkok. Situated near the mouth of Tapi River on the gulf of Thailand this is a regional commercial center that deals with rubber and coconuts. This place was also once the seat on an ancient empire.
Breathtaking places which one should not miss if visiting Surat Thani are:
- ANG THONG NATIONAL MARINE PARK
Ang thong means ‘golden bowl’. Limestone islands and Karst topography can be seen here that rises from the sea and forms dramatic rock formations and bizarre rock cliffs. Caves, hidden lagoons and white beaches that people can explore or snorkel around the shallow coral gardens that are quiet popular here. One of the best places to visit in Surat Thani, the marine park encompasses 40 different islands and is worth your time.
- SURAT THANI CITY PILLAR SHRINE
One of the best places to visit in Surat Thani, this shrine is a place of respect and ritual. Such building houses the city’s ancestor’s spirits and Surat Thani’s no different. This place the history of Surat Thani and visitors come here to pray and pay their offerings to the ancestors daily. This place gives you an insight of local’s life and culture and the tourists can also admire the magnificent architecture of this place.
- CHEOW LAN DAM
Cheow Lan Dam is a national park area which is inhabited by many mammals such as tigers, tapirs, elephants and many kinds of monkeys. It is a glittering jewel of Surat Thani tourism. Various kinds of birds such as horn bills, banded pitas and great argus are some species that are forests residents. Reptiles such as cobra, snakes, lizards and many more have made a place in this sanctuary.
- KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
If you are a nature enthusiast then Khao Sok is a must visit place for further exploration. It includes Chew Lan lake which contains Ratchaprapha dam. This park is the largest area of virgin forest in Southern Thailand and the remnant of this forest are older and a part of the Amazon rain forest and is much more diverse. This place has a great and diverse amount of flora, fauna and wildlife which is worth exploring. This park also has many adventure activities like trekking, bamboo rafting, canoeing and many more.
- SONCHANA FARM AND ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
As the name suggests this is a farm and an elephant sanctuary in Surat Thani. Here people farm and cook using their own crops and it is a great family experience to visit this place. There are numerous Khao Sok tours, but the Sonchana tour is among the most popular Surat Thani tourist attractions.
- THAM KHAO WANG THONG
This place is located in Khanom and is a very important attraction in this area. This cave is worth a visit as it has iron and copper wall, stalagmites and stalactite to die for. This can be a great experience and activity for all the adventure-junkies that love all the new experiences.