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Introducing Surat Thani
The name literally means "city of the good people" and is the former seat of the Sivichaya Empire. It is the largest and most important province of the South, located 644 kms. from Bangkok. It occupies an area of 12,891.5 square kilometers bordering on Chumphon and the Gulf of Thailand to the north, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi to the south, Phangnga and Ranong to the west and the Gulf of Thailand and Nakhon Si Thammarat to the east.

SuratThani once formed part, and may have been the centre of the Mahayana Buddhist, Srivijaya Empire which, steeped in legend and mystery, dominated the Malay peninsula and much of Java some 1,500 years ago. Srivijaya was best described by the itinerant Chinese monk I Ching after a pilgrimage he made to India during the late 600s. Archaeological discoveries at Chaiya indicate the former empire's splendour.

Geographic characteristics of SuratThani are high plateau and mountains covered with valuable woodforest to the west and low basins in the central and eastern seashore area. There are a tremendous number of islands along the coast and two major rivers: the Tapi River and PhumDuang River. It is administratively divided into 18 Amphoes and 1 King Amphoe i.e., AmphoeMuang, Ban Na San, Ban Ta Khun, Chaiya, Don Sak, Kanchanadit, KhianSa, KhiriRatthanikhom, KohPhangna, KohSamui, Phanom, Phrasaeng, Phunphin, ThaChana, Tha Chang, Wiang Sa, Ban Na Doem, Chai Buri and King AmphoeWiphawadi.

Things to do and see in Surat Thani

Phra Boromathat Chaiya
An ancient pagoda, located in WatPhraBoromathatChaiya, AmphoeChaiya, housing Lord Buddha relics. The structure is believed to be constructed during the Sivichaya period over 1,200 years ago.


Chaiya National Museum
Located at WatPhraBoromathatChaiya, TambonWiang, AmphoeChaiya. It is a historical and archaeological museum. The first building puts on exhibition stone and bronze sculptures discovered in the ancient city of Chaiya, for example, sculptures of the God Vishnu and BohdisattvaAvalokitesvara. The second building exhibits artifacts of protohistoric down to historic periods from Dvaravati, Srivijaya, Lop Buri, Sukhothai to Ayutthaya. Art objects and several other crafts are also displayed here. Chaiya National Museum is open daily between 09.00-16.00 hrs. except for Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is 10 Baht each.
Suan Mokkha Phalaram
This is otherwise known as WatThan Nam Lai (Monastery of Flowing Water), a monastic community located in a beautiful and peaceful natural park where Buddhists go for meditation practice. There are several teaching pavilions which many paintings and poems illustrating moral teachings known in Thai as "Entertainment Houses for the Soul".
KhaoThaphet Wildlife and Nature Education Station
Located some 6 kms. from town along the Surat - Nasan Road, highway no. 4009 and covers 1,162 acres. The station houses many caged wild animals. The hilltop, some 210 meters above sea level, offers panoramic views of Ban Don municipality, the Tapi River and Ban Don Bay. On KhaoThaphet is also located the stupa named Phra That Si Surat or locally known as Phra That KhaoThaphet which houses Buddha relics donated by the Indian government some 30 years ago.
Oyster Farms
Are found around the estuarine areas of the Kradae and Tha Thong Rivers, in AmphoeKanchanadit. Oyster Bred there are substantially larger than those found elsewhere. To visit the farms is by hiring boats from Tha Thong quayside for some 30 minutes.
Monkey Schools
The schools where monkeys are trained to pick coconuts, there are 2 places: one is located in AmphoeKanchanadit, some 13 kms. fromSuratThani along Highway No. 401 and another one is at Ban KhlongSai, AmphoeTha Chang, some 35 kms. along Highway No. 41. Visitors are advised to check with local travel agents for full details.
National Parks
KhaoSok National Park
It is located on km.109 from Surat township area on Highway No. 401. A verdant forest-covered hill national park, with an area of some 161,000 acres. Many kinds of rare wildlife are still to be found. With an atmosphere of peacefulness and restfulness, one can trek along the trails made to the adventure.
Tai Rom Yen National Park
Covers the area of 133,125 rai of Khlong Nam Thao Forest Reserve in Amphoe Ban Na San and AmphoeWiangSa. A mountain within the park known as Khao Chong Chang once used to be the base of the Communist Party of Thailand. There are several scenic tourist spots such as Nam TokDatFa, Nam TokMuangThuat in Amphoe Ban Na San and Nam TokThanThip in AmphoeWiang Sa. Visitors wishing to stay overnight here are requested to bring along their camping accessories.

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