The name literally means
"city of the good people" and is the former seat of the Sivichaya
Empire. It is the largest and most important province of the South,
located 644 kms. from Bangkok. It occupies an area of 12,891.5 square
kilometers bordering on Chumphon and the Gulf of Thailand to the north,
Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi to the south, Phangnga and Ranong to
the west and the Gulf of Thailand and Nakhon Si Thammarat to the east.
Surat Thani once formed part, and may have been the centre of the
Mahayana Buddhist, Srivijaya Empire which, steeped in legend and mystery,
dominated the Malay peninsula and much of Java some 1,500 years ago.
Srivijaya was best described by the itinerant Chinese monk I Ching
after a pilgrimage he made to India during the late 600s. Archaeological
discoveries at Chaiya indicate the former empire's splendour.
Tao and Koh Nang Yuan
These 2 small rocky islands are administratively under Amphoe
Koh Phangan and located at the direction northwest of Koh Phangan.
Unspoiled and undisturbed lately by tourists, the islands earn
its reputations for underwater resources, unique beautiful bays
and coves and coral garden under the crystal sea which give
the good promising outlook for sea sport activities. Accommodations
in the form of huts and bungalows are provided on these two
islands. To reach Koh Tao economically is by boat that leaves
from Surat Thani and Koh Phangan. Boats are also available for
Koh Tao from Tha Yang Pier, Chumphon. And to reach Koh Nang
Yuan, boats are available from Koh Tao.
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Sok National Park
It is located on km.109 from Surat
township area on Highway No. 401. A verdant forest-covered hill
national park, with an area of some 161,000 acres. Many kinds
of rare wildlife are still to be found. With an atmosphere of
peacefulness and restfulness, one can trek along the trails
made to the adventure. Accommodations in the park can be available
through the reservation section, Forestry Department, Tel. (662)
579-0529, 579-4842. Besides, near the area of the park there
are private-run bungalows available for the tourist.
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or Chieo Lan Dam
It is located on Km. 52-53 Highway
No. 401 and turn right for another 12 kms. The scenery around
the dam area is very beautiful. Accommodations are available
from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Tel.
(662) 436-3179 or (6677) 311-364, 311-522.
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pagoda, located in Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya, Amphoe Chaiya,
housing Lord Buddha relics. The structure is believed to be
constructed during the Sivichaya period over 1,200 years ago.
Ko Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 84
kilometers east of Surat Thani Province, or approximately 700
kilometers south of Bangkok. Known as the Coconut Island, Ko
Samui is one of the most famous and popular attractions of Thailand.
most popular being Chaweng and
Lamai where, generally, the most attractive accommodation
is found. Besides beaches, other island attractions include
the Hin Lat and Na Muang waterfalls the phallic rock formations
at the southern end of Lamai Bay; a massive seated Buddha inage
of Fan isle and Na Thon, the island's major seafront settlement
where shops, restaurants, tour agencies and hotels are located.
Koh Angthong National Park
It comprises some 40 islands northwest
of Koh Samui and covers some 250 square kilometers. Major park
islands largely towering, verdant rock masses encircled by clear
seas, include Mae Koh which has a beautiful beach and an emerald
saltwater lake called Thale Nai; Wua Talap, site of park headquarters
where accommodation is available for visitors wishing to prolong
their stays; Sam Sai with an exciting coral reef and huge rock
arch, and Phai-Luak. Prior reservation is needed by calling
It is a small island
not too far to be reached from Koh Phangan, is increasingly
popular to the tourists from its natural beauties. High jungle-covered
hill, long stretch golden sand beach, thriving coral reefs surrounded
by fish of all sizes and colors etc. are some of its major attractions.
Accommodations in the form of bungalows are also provided on
the island. Transportation is available by mean of passenger
boat or cargo boat which leave from Surat Thani via Samui.
Commonly known as “Suan Mokkh” (Garden of Liberation), the modern
forest monastery was founded in 1959by the late Ajahn Buddhadasa
Bhikkhu, one of Thailand’s most famous monks. More...
Khao Tha Phet Wildlife and Nature Education Center
The Center is located approximately 6 kilometers from the Surat City.
Covering an area of 2,906 rai or 4.65 square kilometers, the Center
is home to numerous wild animals. Its headquarters is situated on
a hilltop, more...