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Surat Thani

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Quick Facts:

  • Location: Southern Thailand
  • Area: 12,891.5 km2 (4,977.4 sq mi)
  • Population: 1,012,064 (2011)
  • Governor: Cherdsak Chusri (since April 2012)

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Surat Thani, literally means in Thai as the 'City of Good People', was used to be the seat of the ancient Srivijaya Empire. In the present day, this province is a transport hub that erratically moves cargo and natives around the country.

Being the largest and most important province of the South, Surat Thani is known as the center of the Mahayana Buddhist remaining from the legendary empire of Srivijaya. Nowadays Surat Thaini has become a significant export state for coconuts, rubber and rambutan. It is also a hub for tourists going to the islands of Mu Koh Samui and the Andaman region in the South West.

Surat Thani is covered with tall plateau and mountains as well as precious wood forest to the west and low basins in the central and eastern area. Surat Thani is not really attracted to travelers. Most visitors just pass by, however if you are not in a hurry, spend several days in Surat Thani and it will be a great opportunity to see a more authentic Thailand with local culinary, local tradition and warming friendliness.

Surat Thani consists of some islands thatoffer various exciting activities that only those who set foot here can fully experience. Besides, come to visit an acient pagoda called Phra Boromathat Chaiya housing Lord Buddha relics that is believed to be built over a thousand year ago. The Chaiya National Museum locatesat Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya where tourists can learn more about historical and archaeological things. There are many art objects and several other crafts being displayed here. You can even explore teaching pavilions in which many paintings and poems illustrating ethical teachings “Entertainment Houses for the Soul”.

It is also a good opportunity to wander around night market and pick up some unique local products or take a seat at some restaurant to witness the scene as you dine. Enjoy fresh fruit juices, fried chicken, pad Thai and much more. If you are kind of person interested in drinking, Night Pier is a good choice for eating seafood and drinking beer while having a nice boat.

  • Have great chance to take paddling excursion by yourselves
  • Enjoy dramatic scenery as the tallest limestone karst formations, tropical jungle, etc
  • Enjoy wildlife sightseeing and bird watching with numerous species of birds and animals
  • Wonderful time to trek to the remote part of the park
  • Take pleasure in the seascape along the quiet beaches of Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • View the marvelous mountain views of marine park Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Have stunning views of the biggest coconut plantations that parallel with the Gulf of Thailand coast
  • Relax on the vast beach in Chumphon province
  • Stopover to taste a fresh fruits from local fruit stalls or inside fruit orchards
  • Travel by boat to see spectacular view of beautiful limestone mountains
  • Explore the hidden beautiful nature of Andaman Sea Coast by kayaking
  • Explore Bangkok with many famed spots like Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple
  • Go to Samut Songhkhram and have chance to drop by Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Head to Kanchanaburi and stop at beautiful Erawan Waterfall
  • Enjoy a nice boat trip along Lopburi River and visit Elephant Village – home to many Ayutthaya's elephants
  • Join the local alms giving ceremony at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain
  • Pay a visit to the cultural center with a range of distinctive household items and tools used by the ethnic tribes.
  • Have sightseeing of natural sceneries along the way
  • Explore Yangon by a tour to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda and Kandawagyi Park
  • Travel to Kawthaung and explore peaceful local life
  • Head to for Myauk Phyu Island and sail across the sea
  • Experience kayaking, swimming and snorkeling around the island
  • Depart to Say Tan Island and explore this tropical island
  • Set sail for Kyet Mauk Island and see hidden lagoon on the island
  • Stop at Myin Khwar Island to watch its rocky landscape – home to wild birds
  • Cross the Pakchan River in order to reach Ranong, Thailand
  • Arrive at Elephant Hills and discover natural life
  • Explore numerous highlights such as JEATH War Museum, the Royal Palace, the Memorial Cemetery, etc
  • Discover the former royal capital, Ayutthaya with its monuments and temple ruins
  • Get insight into the daily working of local people through the visit to “train market”
  • Admire picturesque natural scenery along the Chao Phraya River by long-tail boat
  • Have chance to live in traditional Thai-style bungalow in the lush jungle
  • Relaxing time to admire the atmosphere in beautiful nature, swimming in sparkling water
  • Discover the former royal capital, Ayutthaya with its monuments and temple ruins
  • Discover the lifestyles of hill tribe minorities through the visit to hill tribe village
  • Take interesting trek and hike to explore hidden caves and picturesque waterfall
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