Surat Thani Travel Guide

  • Night market seen from outside Swensen Restaurant
    Night market seen from outside Swensen...
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    Can you stomach That?
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  • Chicken Bryani Rice with other food
    Chicken Bryani Rice with other food
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Surat Thani Highlights

  • Pro
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    phil_uk_net says…

     OK for a night stop between travelling on boats and buses 

  • Con
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     not much english is spoken 

  • In a nutshell
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     Just pass her by 

Surat Thani Things to Do

  • Seafood Farms

    While staying with a friend in Surat Thani she brought me to see her mums "shell farm". Everyday the sea is farmed and brought down the river to a small fisher village where the muscles, crabs, lobsters, cockels etc. are seperated before being forwarded to be sold in Tescos.

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  • Night market

    Surat Thani has an active night market which is a good place to wander around. There is a lot of local food for sale.

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Surat Thani Restaurants

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    Local night market

    by phil_uk_net Written Mar 8, 2003

    Restaurants in Surat Thani seem quite scarce. Most people seemed to be eating street food at the local night market.

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Surat Thani Nightlife

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    by K2NG Updated Feb 15, 2013

    Surat Thani is a rather uninteresting town in the day but the night market can be an eye opener, with food stalls selling exotic local delights and insects that can be a challenge to those adventurous and daring foreigners. The night market is not far after the junction between Th Na Meuang and Wittetad road in the northeast direction. It is opposite Swenson Restaurant. There is a variety of food and you can be spoilt for choice. Do not be alarmed to see fried grasshoppers and maggot look-a-like insects being served to paying customers.

    Dress Code: Cool and comfortable.

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Surat Thani Transportation

  • Ferry To And From Surat

    To get to and from Ko Phangan get the ferry at Tha Ban Don.There is a late one to Phangan that leaves at 10 pm.From the pier It takes about an hour to get to the airport

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  • Plane Ride

    One 2 Go was the cheapest flight from Surat to Bangkok.We booked our ticket from a travel agent on Koh Phangan and was a little worried when they said they would drop the tickets off to us the next day.Wait ..phone ...wait...bite nails...but no problem .The flight was smooth and we arrived in Bangkok almost on time.

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  • The Night Train!

    The over-night train leaves Bangkok Hualumpong Station around 6:30 pm.It arives in Surat around 6:00 am.The 2nd class sleeper is not bad and you might even catch a couple of hours sleep.During the trip the train guy will look after you with food and over priced beers or you can wait for other local sellers get on when the train stops at a...

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Surat Thani Local Customs

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    by alvis Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Passed this guy out in the countryside in Surat Thani had to reverse back to get a photo. The monkey helps him to collect coconuts and with other types of work.

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Surat Thani Tourist Traps

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    Surat Thani street scene ( not my picture though )

    by Armado Written Apr 6, 2005

    Since many tourists arrive at Surat Thani to travel on to the islands ( Pangan, Tao, Samui ) there are many travel agencies, providing several bus and ferry tickets to get there.

    It's such a simple thing, but NEVER agree with the first one approaching you! spend a few minutes looking around for better deals!

    We went from Surat Thani to Kao Sok national park for 1000 baht, highly over priced! The ride was great though, but from Kao Sok back to ST only cost us 200 baht....

    Unique Suggestions: Go there, look around and find a price that you think is good. The first is almost never the best ( occasionally it happens ofcourse ) so try and find a cheaper one...BARGAIN!

    Fun Alternatives: Don't know about any alternatives...Surat Thani is just the best place to get to Ko Samui and on to the other islands.

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Surat Thani Off The Beaten Path

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    by YaaDong Written Aug 4, 2008

    This monastery was founded in 1932 by the late Venerable Buddhadasa Bhikku, meditation master and Buddhist scholar.Day visitors are welcome at the main forest monastery where you can wander the many forest paths among monk's "kutees" (small bungalows). Don't miss the unique Spiritual Theater of didactic Buddhist imagery. The monastery is just south of the town of Chaiya, 50km (31 miles) north of Surat Thani on Highway 41; long-distance buses and minitrucks pass by the entrance throughout the day and can drop you off as requested and songtao (pickups) connect to and from Chaiya (you have to wave them down) for 20B (50¢).

    Suan Mokkh holds a 10-day meditation course on an ongoing basis. During the course participants will explore two inter-related subjects: dhamma and meditation. Meditation instruction focuses on mindfulness with breathing (anapanasati), a system of training used and taught most often by the Buddha. Dhamma talks are held daily, and everyone is encouraged to participate. English-speaking facilitators called “Friends” offer guidance on meditation practice and all other aspects of the course

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Surat Thani Favorites

  • Surat Thani International Airport

    Surat International Airport is about an hour outsid of town so after the ferry ride from Koh Phangan the bus ride seemed very long however it was modern and comfortable.There are a number of ticket counters Thai,One 2 Go & Bangkok Air.Also a number of gift shops,ATMs,a little restaurant and a waiting area with cable TV.Surat Inter is a good little...

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  • Friendly people

    While I was in Surat Thani I think I only saw about 5 other tourists. I was therefore quite unusual and treated with a lot of kindness by the locals. This old gent was very chatty and actually spoke quite good English.

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  • Local people

    There is a marked difference visiting places in Thailand where there are not many foreign tourists. I enjoy going to the less popular tourist haunts because of the reaction that I get from the locals. Instead of being just another farang who is good for a few bob, people start taking a genuine interest. Wandering around with a camera always...

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