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What places to visit in Surat Thani?

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What to see in Surat Thani

I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Surat Thani or from Surat Thani. Click here to see them.

Must-visit places in Surat Thani


Khao Sok National Park

My opinion :
It is certainly one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand ! The highlight of Khao Sok is Chiew Lan Lake that many compare to Halong Bay. Some even dare to say that it is more beautiful. Spending the night in a floating hotels on the lake is an experience I recommend. Otherwise, you have interesting treks to discover waterfalls and caves.

Surat Thani emerald pool (Ban Nam Rad)

My opinion :
This natural pool with crystalline water surrounded by lush nature is located about sixty kilometers from Surat Thani city and seventy kilometer from Khao Sok. It's very pleasant to swim there and the boat trip on the river is really nice!

Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park

My opinion :
This temple located at 70 kilometres from Khao Sok or at the same distance from Surat Thani city offers incredible views from its elements arranged on 4 mountain peaks culminating at 300 meters of altitude for the highest. At sunrise, it's just magical!

Koh Phangan island

My opinion :
Located in the province, Koh Phangan is clearly an island to go see when you are in Surat Thani area. But, do not plan to visit it for the day, the ferry trip is too long for that, but go there for several days. You can share your stay between Ko Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao. Ferries between the 3 islands are frequent.

Koh Samui island

My opinion :
Located Surat Thani province , Koh Samui is definitly a nice destination for seaside vacation. Of the 3 islands Ko Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao, it is the one offering the most tourist activities and possibilities. But, do not plan to visit it for the day from the mainland because the ferry trip is quite long. But it could a good destination for a several days stay that you can share between it and its 2 neighbours. There is a regular ferry service between the 3 islands.

Koh Tao island

My opinion :
Located Surat Thani province (even if accessible from Chumphon too), Koh Tao island is Thailand's most famous destination for diving. If its snorkeling sites are quite damaged, its diving sites remain among the most beautiful in the country. The fine sandy beaches with turquoise sea also make it a popular destination for non-divers. Do not plan to visit Ko Tao for the day from the mainland but come for several days and maybe share your stay between it and Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. There are ferries between the 3 islands.
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Other visits suggestions in Surat Thani

  • Phra Chaiya Borommathat
    This pagoda contains Buddha relics and provides a direct link with the Empire Srivachaya. It also has a museum with historical items. It is located about fifty kilometers from Surat Thani
  • Tai Rom Yen National Park
    has beautiful waterfalls. It is located at about thirty kilometers from Surat Thani.

Tours in Surat Thani and around

This selection includes tours, excursions and activities that I have personally tested or were tested by people I fully trust but also offers by recognized agencies or websites known for their seriousness and quality.

boat tour on khao sok lake (chiew lan lake)
Khao Sok Paradise Resort

Boat tour on Khao Sok Lake (Chiew Lan Lake)

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Boat trip on Chiew Lan Lake, the gem of Khao Sok National Park. You will discover its extraordinary landscapes with limestone peaks in a place that some people nickname Thailand's Halong Bay. Lunch and relaxation (kayak, swimming) at a floating hotel, trek in the jungle and visiting a cave are also on the program of this tour.

Tours from Surat Thani

2 days / 1 night on lake khao sok with discovery of wild animals
Khao Sok Paradise Resort

2 days / 1 night on Lake Khao Sok with discovery of wild animals

Spend a night in a floating hotel deep in the forest of Khao Sok Lake. Discover the beautiful landscapes on several boat tours, trek in jungle and go to Wildlife Sanctuary in a confidential part of the park that is rarely on the tourist agenda.

koh tao snorkeling & fishing from surat thani
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Koh Tao Snorkeling & Fishing from Surat Thani

Snorkeling & Fishing on our own boat with Buffet lunch on board. You will enjoy all activities with fully equipped. We will transfer you from your hotel to our boat and return. All guest will be covered with insuance.

Places to see elsewhere in Thailand

Emerald Cave

emerald cave

Located on Koh Mook island not far from Koh Ngai, this cave opens onto a skylight with a lovely beach. From Koh Kradan, the easiest way to get there is to rent a longtail boat from the beach.

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Ban Tha Chang Spring

ban tha chang spring

This small shaded stretch of river near Khao Yai National Park is a great spot for swimming in a natural pool. The water here is crystal clear with an intense sapphire blue. This is due to a...

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Lod Cave

lod cave

This big system of caves is one of the must visits to do from Pai or Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand. Besides the magnificent and impressive caves, it is the bamboo rafting part on their interior...

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Wat Plai Laem

wat plai laem

this Buddhist and Chinese temple is especially remarkable for its large statue of the goddess Guanyin and its 18 arms. Located near the Big Buddha, it may be interesting to add to the big Buddha...

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