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Surat Thani

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Country rank: 31 out of 52 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: Surat Thani Province


Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: July, August, November to January (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Surat Thani (Check Flights)


"City of Good People"

Surat Thani Tourism

Not a go-to destination in itself, Surat Thani provides a base point from which travellers meander across Thailand. Once the seat of the Srivijaya empire, Surat Thani today is an important trade and transport hub.

With important provinces like Krabi, Chumphon, Phang Na and Ranong neighbouring Surat Thani, the province is considered to be an important zone in terms of economic and tourist growth for Thailand. People prefer to stop by to get cheap and easy access to other Thai cities. Being an ancient city some ruins are still visible to this day and available for the history buff to gush over. If you're looking for a place which is a destination in itself, Surat Thani may be disappointing. See it for what it is and you will appreciate the bustling city life and local Thai culture in the city.

Hotels in Surat Thani

Top Hotels in Surat Thani

  • Blu Monkey Hub and Hotel Suratthani

    THB 630 /night onwards

  • Innkhun House URT Suratthani Airport

    THB 400 /night onwards

  • Comet Hotel Surat Thani

    THB 700 /night onwards

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Thai is spoken in Surat Thani. Being a major central point to get to other areas in Thailand, you might bump into many english speakers. Local vendors will however have limited knowledge about the same so be prepared with a dictionary and a smile on your face if you get into a tough situation.

King Vajiravudh is said to have given the name Surat Thani to this province upon his return from Surat, India. The province is really old and has been influenced culturally by the Semang and the Malayan tribes which used to inhabit the centre. There is even a river Tapi in the province which is named after the Indian river Tapi. The province remains to this day one of the largest and busiest in Thailand.

Surat Thani has a bustling night market for those looking for something outside the party scene. For those who like to drink at cheap rates some of the popular options for bars are the On Street Bar Samui, Bear Cocktails, Pirate Bar and Pride Bar Samui. Bars are spread across all areas in the province and there is something available for every budget.

The night market doubles as a shopping paradise for tourists and locals alike. Vendors selling jewellery, souvenirs, small items and handmade products are seen on every corner. For those who prefer a more organized approach to shopping the CentralPlaza Surat Thani is the best option.

ATMs are abundant in Surat Thani. Being a major tradea dn transport hub there are multiple ATMs and Banks in the province. You can withdraw and exchange money with ease in the city.

Surat Thani has many options for those looking to exchange foreign currency. The main options are at the airport. Various exchange booths are spread across the city and offer more or less the same rate. The most preferred bank is the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)

Daily budget for Surat Thani is 1500-1600 THB. Travellers can increase or decrease depending upon their luzury standards and comfort priorities. Food and local transport is very cheap in Thailand. The major cost adds up when you include accommodation.

Buddhism is the major religion in Surat Thani.

Thai people are very hospitable and friendly. When in Surat Thani remember to always operate with a smile and a traditional folding of the hands. General customs such as paying respect to the royal family, not pointing feet towards anyone etc. are followed here too as in the rest of Thailand.

Food in Surat Thani is a blend of Thai along with western influences as many tourists stop by here. It is easy to get spicy Thai curry along with fresh fruit and seafood here all year round.

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Surat Thani is well connected by Rail, Road, Air and Waterways. Depending upon your budget and time limitations you can choose an option to enter an exit the city. (Read More)

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