8 Things to Do in Surat Thani That You Shouldn't Miss

August 17, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

People visit Surat Thani because it's the gateway to so much of Thailand's beauty, especially its Gulf Coast islands. From here, you'll be able to visit Ko Phangan (an island best explored via motorcycle), Ko Samui (known for marvelous beaches and waterfalls) and the 42 rainforest islands of Ang Thong National Marine Park.
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1. Khao Sok National Park

Surat Thani, Thailand +66 81 270 7763
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Khao Sok National Park

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

You can hardly do anything individually, you have to book a tour for basically every activity. You don't even find address and contact of companies offering these activities, everything is mediated by your hotel. Quite frustrating because the prices are also extremely high (a guided tour in the national park - because you obviously cannot go alone, only a few kilometers from the entrance! - around 2000 baht). Entrance fee in the park always extra 300 baht.

2. Night market

Surat Thani, Thailand +66 84 309 2838
Excellent
41%
Good
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Satisfactory
19%
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4 based on 196 reviews

Night market

Reviewed By LJohns82 - Bern, Switzerland

If you're in Surat Thani - definitely go check out the night market. It's fun to walk through and see all the food and clothing stalls. Nice experience.
Many locals here - nice to watch people going about their business.
I had a fresh fruit shake of coconut and passion fruit; 35tbh. Very tasty!!

3. Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine

Surat Thani, Thailand
Excellent
51%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine

Reviewed By Suratrichard - Surat Thani, Thailand

Suratthani city isn't exactly full of places to visit although there are many temples worth exploring. However, the City Pillar Shrine is one of the most beautiful buildings in the area.
It's situated by the River Tapi and not that far from where the night boats to the Islands depart. If you are by the night boats, walk past all the fruit stalls and past the bridge over the river. Before you get to the bridge, the road goes away from the river so just follow the road. Near the Shrine is the golden tree. The gates to the shrine are locked in the evening so if you want to see inside, go during daylight. Before you go up the steps remove shoes. The shrine itself is only very small but the details are superb.
It is in the evening when the Shrine looks absolutely wonderful. The floodlights change colour so that the building looks stunning...particularly when bathed in purple light.
Great place for photographs!

4. Raja Ferry Port

Surat Thani, Thailand +66 77 372 8002
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
12%
Terrible
18%
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3.5 based on 32 reviews

Raja Ferry Port

Reviewed By Perry B - Hong Kong, China

Forget flying in in a faceless fashion.The ferry is the ultimate way to reach Koh Samui and Raja Ferry Port in Surat Thani is the ideal embarkation, and later disembarkation point! The service was efficient and no nonsense.

5. The Pirates Park

Wat Pradu Subdistrict, Surat Thani 83000, Thailand +66 77 380 999
Excellent
25%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
63%
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3.5 based on 8 reviews

The Pirates Park

Reviewed By David Rigby - Wigan, United Kingdom

Easy to find and large car park, entrance to the water park is 250 baht adult and 150 baht for kids.
Some obstical courses for the larger kids and relaxing pools for smaller children.
Well supervised and life vests supplied for free.
Changing/shower rooms available, also a number of shops for food and drinks.
Just wish they wouldn't play loud music all the time !

6. Pra Cha Rat Floating Market

Bang Bai Mai, Surat Thani 84000, Thailand +66 81 607 4935
Excellent
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4 based on 4 reviews

Pra Cha Rat Floating Market

Reviewed By KUNPRAPHAT K - Surat Thani Province, Thailand

Well organized and identity local floating market near Surat Thani downtown. The market is located on both side of canal banks. There are many kind of local foods, local products, fresh fruits, vegetables and seafoods for sales every Sunday during 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Boat tour pier is near the temple. An easy way to go there by taxi meter or the scooter.. The perfect time to visit this floating market is between 9:00 - 11.00 a.m., after that the roads are very crowded.

7. Wat Phothawas

Surat Thani, Thailand
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Wat Phothawas

Reviewed By KUNPRAPHAT K - Surat Thani Province, Thailand

Wat Phothawas is one of the oldest temples in Surat Thani, built in the reign of King Rama I 2330 B.E. (A.D. 1787) .The ancient architecture in the temple which is remaining at the present time are 2 beautiful pagodas behind the Buddhist sanctuary. This temple is located on Wat Pho – Nai Luk Road which far from Wat Phothawas intersection about 500 meters. There is a canal behind the temple.
The reasons why there are a lot of people visit the temple are; 1) to pay the respect to the image of venerable monk “Luang Phor Klom”.who was the past abbot of this temple and very famous for practicing the dharma in the south of Thailand. 2) Offering dedicated to Buddhist monks 3) Admire the long racing boat.

8. Camp Chang Hinlad

72 Moo 2 | Tambon Ang Thong, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand +66 86 953 1454
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3 based on 7 reviews

Camp Chang Hinlad

Adventure Company

Reviewed By DTen - Vail, Colorado

This was promoted as combination elephant trekking in jungle, visit to waterfal& swimming, trained monkey and Thai curry lesson. I was appalled. The elepant ride followed a path lined with old elephant poop and garbage..even a garbage pit in one spot. The monkey was cute but had a bent metal bar around his neck , not even proper collar, and he kept pulling at it. Our leader for this adventure really was on crack and our elephant guides were so apathetic, never smiled...chain smoked...passed several sleeping in cars on "jungle" ride..apparently off duty. No one in our group went for a swim but we were left to browse the poor quality souvenier stalls for an hour at the waterfall stop. The Thai curry lesson was pathetic. And gross. This is poorly run and a horrible thing to do to kids. The name of the elephant ride ( elephants apparently owned by different people than monke?) was Camp Chang Hinlad and I would avoid it and possibly book a taxi or driver to the falls and then do an elephant ride there.

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