Surat Thani Province


Taste freshly cooked rice at local markets, take a boat to a remote Thai island or go on wildlife-watching expeditions in this southern province.

Often shortened to just “Surat,” Surat Thani is the largest of the southern provinces of Thailand and is a gateway to the Gulf of Thailand. Stay on the mainland to get a feel for local Thai life, or head off to the surrounding islands for natural beauty and late-night parties.

The capital of the Surat Thani region is the city of the same name. Instead of using Surat Thani as a stopover on your way to the islands, plan to spend some time here exploring the Thai culture. Walk along Tapi River until you come to the Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine, a bold white shrine with ornate archways and golden elephants.

The two main island regions, Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan, feature stunning sunsets and postcard-perfect beaches. Attend a monthly Full Moon Party on Ko Pha Ngan, where thousands of people dance to electronic music on Haad Rin Nok Beach. South of Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Samui has excellent diving conditions and lots of space to lay out on sandy beaches such as Bo Phut Beach.

One of the top natural attractions of Surat Thani is the Khao Sok National Park. Go hiking through the forest and watch for native birds, snakes and fish as you go. Enlist the help of a tour guide for the best chance of spotting the elephants that also roam the park. Consider staying in a waterside bungalow in the park for easy access to kayaking along the coastline.

The easiest way to get to Surat Thani is via Bangkok. Hop on a daily bus from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal, get on an overnight train from Bangkok to Phun Phin or take a domestic flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani, which takes about 70 minutes. From there, take a boat to Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Samui.

Whether you’ve come to Surat Thani to live life as a local or relax on a beautiful island paradise, this Thai province has plenty to keep you entertained.

Popular cities in Surat Thani Province

Lamai Beach showing a beach
Koh Samui
Known for Beach view, Dining and Relaxing
Koh Samui is just like the island paradise from the movies with its pristine white beaches, sapphire blue waters and legendary nightlife. This small island off the east coast of Thailand draws different types of visitors, from young travellers who come here to party every night, those looking for its relaxed culture, and others simply for the pristine beauty of the beaches and the sea. Each side of the island has something different to offer. The south and west coasts are more relaxed and casual, perfect for those looking to chill on the beach with a good book or looking to experience the local culture. The north and east coast are popular for the famous beach parties, bars and night clubs.

Reasons to visit

  • Chaweng Beach
  • Lamai Beach
  • Bo Phut Beach
Koh Tao
Koh Tao
Known for Beach view, Snorkelling and Islands
Relaxing Koh Tao awaits: its diving, beaches, bars and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Sairee Beach
  • Ko Nang Yuan
Ko Pha-ngan
Ko Pha-ngan
Known for Beach view, Islands and Sea
Koh Phangan is a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand, and forms part of the Samui Archipelago along with the neighbouring islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao.
Surat Thani
Surat Thani
Known for Ferries and boats, Jungles and Rafting
Escape to Surat Thani! Enjoy its jungle, rafting and ziplining.
Ban Ta Khun
Ban Ta Khun
Known for Golf and Natural parks
Trip time! Discover the golf and parks in Ban Ta Khun.
Don Sak
Don Sak
Known for Marinas and Monuments
Don Sak awaits: its marina, monuments and more!