Surat Thani is the capital and commercial hub of the Surat Thani Province of southern Thailand. The city is located on the mouth of River Tapi overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Surat Thani is the gateway to the beautiful Ko samui Island. Below are a few things you need to know about the city.

5 things you need to know about Surat Thani
5 things you need to know about Surat Thani

Surat Thani is the capital and commercial hub of the Surat Thani Province of southern Thailand. The city is located on the mouth of River Tapi overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Surat Thani is the gateway to the beautiful Ko samui Island. Below are a few things you need to know about the city.

1. Tourist Attractions - Khao Sok National Park, Limestone Lake Rainforest Day Tours, Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine, Saard's Water Sport Center, Camp Chang Hinlad, Samui Water Edge Sports, and Sl2k Adventure are some of the attractions that may induce you to visit this city.

2. Top activities to engage in - Surat Thani is popular worldwide for its Kobra Muay Thai Boxing Stadium and therefore training how to kick box is one of the best physical activities you can engage in. Others include playing golf at Samui Frisbee Golf, soaking in the southern Thailand sun at Sai Nuan Beach, Meditating at The Yogarden and diving at Big Blue Freediving among others.

3. Climate - Surat Thani is characterized with tropical savanna climate which features a dry season from January to April, and then comes the wet season from May to December. Not that the temperatures are high during the Pre-Monsoon months of March to May.

4. Getting Around - The city of Surat Thani is connected to the rest of Bangkok by the State Railway of Thailand and thus from Surat Thani Railway Station you can get to almost any destination in Thailand. Surat Thani International Airport serves the international travelers while the Asian highway AH2 and route 401 serves ground transportation.

5. There are 6,000 Catholics in Surat - True, the area is predominantly Buddhist, but there are Catholics too and the city is home to Roman Catholic Diocese of Surat Thani.

Surat Thani is a transit city for tourists. This is not to say there are no tourist activities going on in the city. If I were you, I would take a few days in the city before going on to Ko Samui Island. Besides, there is no loss in visiting as many destinations as you can while on a tour in Thailand, is there?


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