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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.