Surat Thani Travel Guide - Koh Tao
A view of Koh Tao (the Turtle Island) near Koh Phangan – Surat Thani Travel Guide

Introduction to Surat Thani Travel Guide

Frequently referred to simply as Surat, Surat Thani is the biggest of Thailand’s southern provinces. It is located on the western coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi, Phang Nga, and Ranong are neighboring provinces.

In prehistoric times, Surat Thani was inhabited by Semang and Malayan tribes. The city of Chaiya in Surat Thani has artifacts of the Srivijaya empire and was most likely the kingdom’s regional capital until the 13th century. After the fall of the Srivijaya, the territory was divided into three cities: Chaiya, Thatong (now Kanchanadit), and Khirirat Nikhom. In 1899, they were all merged into an one province called Chaiya. During King Rama VI’s visit in 1915, the province was given the name ‘Surat Thani’.

Surat Thani is home to many famous islands including Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and the Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park. During their stay, visitors may go snorkeling or diving to explore spectacular coral reefs, in addition to relaxing on lovely beaches.

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Credit: Surat thani เที่ยวสุราษฎร์ธานี by Art Rachen

How to get to Surat Thani

Map of Surat Thani Province

Top Attractions in Surat Thani

Koh Samui - Lamai Beach

Koh Samui

One of the island’s most prominent and revered landmarks.

Surat Thani - Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

An island that known for Full Moon Party and much more.

Surat Thani Travel Guide - Koh Tao

Koh Tao

One of Thailand’s greatest scuba diving spots

Koh Nang Yuan

Koh Nang Yuan

A small charming island located next to Koh Tao.

Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park

Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park

A marine national park famed for its stunning scenery, marine life, and beaches.

Nam Rad Forest Headwaters

A crystal-clear natural spring surrounded by forest.

Explore the national parks in Thailand - Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

One of the most popular national parks in Southern Thailand.

Wat Phra Borom That Chaiya

Wat Phra Boromthat Chaiya Ratcha Worawihan

An ancient temple that houses the notable Buddha Relic Pagoda.

Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park

Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park

A gorgeous temple with unique architecture and a lovely spot to see the sunrise and sunset.

Side Trips

External Resources

Surat Thani Travel Guide - A Woman at Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park
The entrance of Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park – Surat Thani Travel Guide

Summary of Surat Thani Travel Guide

In summary, Surat Thani is the largest province in Southern Thailand and is best known as a gateway to the Gulf of Thailand’s prominent islands, such as Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao. Budget visitors will benefit from staying in Surat Thani rather than the famous islands (particularly during peak seasons) since they will spend less, they will be able to sample local cuisine, and they will be able to explore less crowded beaches. While you’re looking for the perfect vacation spot, have a look around Thailand’s other provinces:

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