Surat Thani Attractions, Attractions in Surat Thani, what to do in Surat Thani, Surat Thani Sightseeing

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Surat Thani Attractions
Historical Sites
Sriwichai Hill
Location : Phunphin District
Sriwichai Hill or Phra Narai Hill is a historic site aged of more than 1,400 years, located on the left bank of the Phunphin canal. It is a hill of hard and compact soil of average height. On the plain at the edge of the mount, there used to be 2 hill rocks, which could assume that they were religious edifices for images to worship. The numbers of archaeological evidences for example ruin sites, sculpture pedestals, lingam (Hindu Phallic symbol), Vishnu images, stone fragments of architectural elements such as thresholds, door frames, bases of pillars, as well as China and local pottery, have been found all around the hill and on the plain area.
Ancient Hot Springs
Location : Chaiya District
Ancient Hot Springs there are two hot spring wells, which is the folklore Indian people in Srivijaya period enjoy this hot spring and use to as part of their religious practices. In this place considered as sacred water and in those days, the king at that period created a pool for bathing.

How to get there : Ancient hot springs is located about 4 kilometers from the center of Chaiya District in Lamet Sub-district.
Religious Sites
Phra That Srisurat
Location : Mueang District
Phra That Srisurat
Phra That Srisurat
Phra That Srisurat is located on the top of Tha Phet Hill near Suratthani city, which was the first pagoda of Bandon community built and a sacred place. It is commonly known as Phra That Khao Tha Phet was built in Srivichai style in 1957. The hilltop, about 210 meters above sea level, offers commanding panoramic views of Surat Thani town and Tapi River.

How to get there : Take Highway No. 4009 (Ban Don – Na San), turn onto km 5 and about 1.5 kilometers from Tha Phet hill.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Hotels : Hotels in Surat Thani Area
Suratthani City Pillar Shrine
Location : Mueang District
The Pillar Shine is important landmarks, located near Tapi River that crosses through Surat Thani Town. It is at the center of a square with a well maintained garden and has a beautiful white rock surface. There are elephant figures off all sizes all over the place.
Wat Tham Singkhon
Location : Khiri Ratnikhom District
Wat Tham Singkhon is an ancient temple of Ayutthaya period. Behind the temple there is a large cave, within the cave including a large Buddha image of Lelai Forest posture, with elephant and monkey lying in the front at both sides and in the middle of the cave are stucco images of deities, demons, and Mother Earth, surrounding Lord Buddha. On the cave ceiling are stucco and spiral motifs and decorated ceramic crockery.

How to get there : Wat Tham Singkhon is located 24 kilometers from the Khiri Ratnikhom District, travel by the car, follow the Surat Thani - Takua Pa road to Km 34 - 35 and take a turn off the main road toward the temple for around 2 kilometer.
Wat Khao Suwan Pradit
Location : Don Sak District
Wat Khao Suwan Pradit
Wat Khao Suwan Pradit
Wat Khao Suwan Pradit was home of Luang Pho Choi is the one of southern Thailands' most revered Buddhist monks, founded this monastery. On the top of hill, there is a 45-metre high pagoda contains Buddha relics brought from Wat Phra Kiat, Hod District, Chiang Mai. From the pagoda, visitors can get a great panoramic view of the bay and the nearby islands.

How to get there : Wat Khao Suwan Pradit is located approximately 1 kilometer from Don Sak District, along the Surat Thani - Nakhon Si Thammarat (Highway No. 401).
Phra Borom That Chaiya
Location : Chaiya District
Phra Borom That Chaiya is ancient chedi houses Buddha relics in Srivijaya style and is believed to have been built more than 1,200 years ago, which are highly revered by local residents. The restored Phra Borom That Chaiya serves as a fine example of Srivijaya's influence on religious architecture. Along the courtyard of the chedi are several sculptures and Buddha images.

How to get there : Phra Borom That Chaiya located approximately 4 kilometers northeast of Suan Mokkh, or approximately 54 kilometers north of the provincial capital on highway no. 41, turn to highway no. 4011, turn left at km 137.
Wat Long
Location : Chaiya District
Wat Long
Wat Long
Wat Long is the ancient temples presume to have been built in the same time as the Phra Boramathat Chedi and Wat Kaew during 1400-1500 periods and renovated in 1800-2200 periods. After renovation, be evident the architecture of the pagoda with cross design similar to Wat Kaew. At present, only the foundations of the pagoda have been preserved, surrounded by a small pond and found directly next to the road.

How to get there : By car can take Highway 41 and about 3 kilometers from Mo Thai – Talad Chai Ya intersection.
Wat Rattanaram
Location : Chaiya District
Wat Rattanaram is commonly known as Wat Kaew is an ancient temple is believed was built during in 10th -11th century. In the temple include the chedi is built in Srivijaya style and stands on a square base with twelve re-dented corners. There was some rock tools found at 30-60 cm depth, pottery from Ming Dynasty in 1,301-1,646, pottery in Jaching, from Sukothai period.

How to get there : Located about 1.2 kilometers from Wat Phra Borom That Chaiya in Samet Sub-district.
Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram
Location : Mueang District
Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram
Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram
Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram (Suan Mokkhaphalaram Temple) known as Suan Mokkh (Garden of Liberation) formerly called Wat Than Nam Lai, the 150-acre modern forest monastery was founded in 1959 by the late Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, one of Thailand's most famous monks. Suan Mokkh is set in a serene ambience conducive for meditation or contemplation of the philosophy of life. The temple itself is nothing but a combination of natural sandy grounds and rocks, dotted with trees. There are no elaborate stupas and chapels like other temples, only a place that keeps one in truly in tune with nature.

Buddhadasa Bhikkhus philosophy is universal in nature. It's the combination of Zen, Taoist and Christian elements with the Theravada Buddhism. That's why his teaching has attracted many Thais and foreigners, especially those who are eager to look inward and realign themselves with nature.

In addition, there is the 'Spiritual Theatre' is an interesting attraction for casual visitors. It features art objects, drawings and poems related to Buddhas' teachings in which Buddhadhasa Bhikkhu describes a pictorial interpretation of Dharma. The building also exhibits a diverse mixture of Thai, Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Tibetan and European-style murals and sculptures.

How to get there : Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram located beside Highway No. 41, approximately 50 kilometers north from the Surat City. (or at km 134 marker).
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 7743 1552, 0 7743 1597
Palace
Leam Pho Palace
Location : Chaiya District
Leam Pho Palace was built in Panya design and was built for remembrance of King Rama V & King Taksin, by King Taksin visited Chaiya, after that King Rama V came to see where King Taksin visited. Leam Pho Palace located in Chaiya District, Suratthani. Visitors can see nice beach, bridge to Leam Pho, Set Island.
Museums
Rock Fish Museum
Location : Don Sak District
Rock Fish Museum
Rock Fish Museum
The museum was officially opened in 2001 by Uncle Kitti Sin-udom, who has exquisitely crafted stones into fishes and other marine life. In the museum there are modeling marine scenery with crafted fishes and other marine life. Moreover, there is a painting exhibition depicting marine fish which were also painted by him. Now, Uncle Kitti is devoting his time as a teacher teaching carving to pupils at Don Sak Phadungwit School and still determined to continue his work in the hope that he might be able to display all marine fishes found in Thai seas.
Opening Hours : Daily from 07.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 7737 1197
Chaiya Folk Museum
Location : Chaiya District
The museum features numerous interesting historical objects, founded by Phra Khru Sri Pariyat Chaya Porn (Rungruang Dhamabawaro), the abbot and ecclesiastic district chief, on 3 November 2000 and opened for the public on 1 January 2001, with the purpose of preserving and revitalizing ancient heritage. It has been supported by the Chaiya Cultural Council. In the museum include Bone China, pottery, shadow puppets, old instruments and a ceramic opium pillow.

How to get there : Chaiya Folk Museum is located at Wat Wiang approximately 300 metres from Chaiya City, at the intersection of Highway No. 41 and the side road of Wat Kaew (or Wat Long)
Chaiya National Museum
Location : Chaiya District
Chaiya National Museum
Chaiya National Museum
Chaiya National Museum developed from the collection of a genius monk, Phrakhru Sophonjetasikaram the abbot of Borommathat temple near the museum. He collected many artifacts found at Chaiya, an ancient city which might have had its beginning around 500 A.D. or 1500 years ago. The museum there are two buildings, the museum features prehistoric and historic artifacts in the vicinity, local handicrafts and a shadow puppet. In addition, artifacts from Dvaravati, Lop Buri, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya eras are also put on display.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 09.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 7743 1066
Markets
San Chao Night Market
Location : Mueang District
San Chao Night Market has many great restaurant & vender food on the walk street. Such as Tha Chang Padthai is one of the most popular food stall there, long waiting line. There are noodles, rice, meatball, local Thai desserts, clothes, jewelries and etc to choose.
Opening Hours : Daily from 04.00 pm. - 10.00 pm.
Surat Thani Market
Location : Mueang District
Surat Thani Market is the largest market in Surat Thani which is commonly known as Pacific Plaza, there are fresh products, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, snacks, gifts, clothes and etc. The market consist four floors connected to the 6 storied parking lots which parking for over 160 cars.
Natural Attractions
Dad Fa Waterfall
Location : Ban Na San District
Dad Fa Waterfall
Dad Fa Waterfall
Dad Fa Waterfall is a large and highest waterfall in Tai Rom Yen National Park, Surat Thani. The perennial 13 level waterfall, most attractive at 4th level is highest there is 80 m high cliff, an area surrounding tropical rain forests that have very fertile environment.
Administered by : Tai Rom Yen National Park
Opening Hours : Daily 08.30 am. - 04.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 7734 4633
Khamin Cave
Location : Ban Na San District
Khamin Cave is exotic large limestone cave located in Tai Rom Yen National Park, in the cave there are many beautiful stalagmite and stalactite. Previously Khamin cave used to be a place that people collected the bat cave concession because discover traces and devices still remain. Moreover, it is also habitat to bats and a jeep parking there as a part of saltpeter concession (bat feces).
Administered by : Tai Rom Yen National Park
Vibhavadi Waterfall
Location : Vibhavadi District
Vibhavadi Waterfall is commonly known as Khlong Phai Waterfall, its medium-sized waterfall takes on rustic surroundings in Khlong Yan Wildlife Sanctuary. The waterfall is the local’s weekend socializing venue.

How to get there: Located 38 kilometers east of the provincial capital along Highway No. 401 before the Don Sak intersection.
Ratchaprapha Dam
Location : Ban Ta Khun District
Ratchaprapha Dam
Ratchaprapha Dam
Ratchaprapha Dam or Chieo Lan Dam built in 1982, is a rock with fat-clay core dam that is 94 meters in height and 761 in length. The reservoir (lake) covers an area of 185 squares kilometers and boasts an electricity generating capacity of approximately 554 million kilowatt / hour. The lake offers an incomparably breathtaking view of limestone mountains and over 200 small islands.

How to get there : The dam is located 70 kilometers west from Surat Thani on Highway No. 401. Travel along the Highway, turn right at the km 52-53 marker and proceed for another 12 kilometers along an access road until you see the extensive lake beyond the Dam.
Contact : Tel. 0 2436 3179
Hotels : Hotels in Khao Sok Area
Koh Samui
Location : Koh Samui District
Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, with an area of 247 squares kilometers, Koh Samui is the third largest island of Thailand after Phuket and Koh Chang (of Trat Province). Known as the Coconut Island, Koh Samui is one of the most famous and popular attractions of Thailand, which there are Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach are famous beautiful beach. The topography of the island is that of a plain with a mountain range in the middle and has tropical monsoon climate with the rainy season from May to October and the most splendid time to visit is around December to April.

How to get there : Situation approximately 84 kilometers east of Surat Thani Province, or approximately 700 kilometers south of Bangkok.
Koh Nang Yuan
Location : Koh Phangan District
Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan
The island is nothing but a group of three small islands located to the north of Koh Tao. Offering stunning and breathtaking views, the islands are connected by a three-way stretch of pure white powdery beach.

The rich marine life at Koh Nang Yuan is similar to that of Koh Tao. With a wide variety of coral formations, the island is also an ideal diving and snorkeling spot as deep as 14 meters under the sea, which makes it the perfect place for beginners. Accommodations and facilities are available with daily boat service to and from Koh Tao.
Koh Phangan
Location : Koh Phangan District
Another ideal destination for travelers who prefer less crowded, more private beaches set in a laid-back atmosphere. However, this is also a very hip place to be as the island hosts the world famous, and perhaps the biggest beach party on this planet the full moon party on Hat Rin.

The best time to visit Koh Phangan is from February to September. Interesting attractions include secluded and virgin beaches around the island, a hilltop temple called Wat Khao Tham which is ideal for meditation, Than Sadet Waterfall, and the Phaeng Waterfall. Renting a motorcycle to explore the island is recommended as there is a lot to see and do.

How to get there : Koh Phangan is located 20 kilometers directly north of Koh Samui, or approximately 100 kilometers from Surat.
Koh Tao
Location : Koh Phangan District
Koh Tao lies 45 kilometers north of Koh Phangan and is only 20 squares kilometers in area but it is known as the best diving site in the Gulf of Thailand. The turquoise water of Koh Tao is crystalline, coconut plantations still cover much of the landscape, and concrete roads are built along only a few beaches. Getting around the island is either by pick-up taxi or by boat. Motorbikes and mountain bikes are also available for rent to explore the island.

How to get there : Situated 60 kilometers off the coast of Chumphon but falling under the jurisdiction of Surat Thani
Other Attractions
Klong Roi Sai
Location : Mueang District
Klong Roi Sai
Klong Roi Sai
Klong Roi Sai or a hundred canals is rustic charms of the traditional way of life of the local communities along canals. Now, community still keep their simple way of life as well as villager is very kind, friendly and always welcome to all visitors. Name of Klong Roi Sai come from the fact that there are many canals that eventually meet at Tapee River in Surat Thani province.

How to get there : Take the no. 35 Road (Thonburi-Paktor Road) from Bangkok and then take road no. 4 passed Petchaburi, Prachuab Kirikan, and Chumporn. Next, take no. 41 to Surat Thani and go along Soi Srivichai 26. Drive straight until reaching the village.
Pak Nam Tapi (Tapi River Estuary)
Location : Mueang District
Pak Nam Tapi is particularly well known for its excellent seafood restaurants. Apart from serving reasonably priced tasty dishes, they are located against a magnificent backdrop of the peaceful Tapi River.

How to get there : Located approximately 7 kilometers from Ban Don Municipality. Getting to the place from the city is easy. Just use tuk-tuk services located opposite Chula Shopping Mall.
The Pirates Park
Location : Mueang District
The Pirates Park
The Pirates Park
The Pirates Park is the largest water park in south of Thailand on the over area 50 rai. The park included 7 kinds and 9 playthings, all of which are ideal for any family holiday. Child zone, there are a child pool and many toys for child and family. Thrill seekers and more laid back will find what they need here.

How to get there : The Pirates Park is located about 1 kilometer from Central Plaza Suratthani. Drive along 417 Road, pass Tha Kub intersection about 4 kilometers, The Pirates Park is located in the left side.
Opening Hours : Mon - Fri from 11:00 am. - 08:00 pm.
  Sat - Sun from 10:00 am. - 09:00 pm.
Admission : Adult 350 Baht, Child 250 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 7738 0999
Monkey Training College
Location : Kanchanadit District
This is the first monkey school in Surat Thani by Mr. Somporn Saekow, a person who believes that monkeys can be trained in order to use their capacities to the fullest, established this training college for monkeys. Students are mostly local pig-tailed monkeys from the forests. Monkey owners must pay a tuition fee, which is inclusive food and accommodation. Classes of 3-6 months are classified into three levels, beginners, intermediate and advance. Graduate monkeys are trained to pick only ripened coconuts from the trees.

How to get there : Take Surat Thani - Nakhon Si Thammarat (Highway No. 401) and drive for approximately 7 kilometers Upon approaching a junction, turn right to the dirt road and proceed for approximately 2 kilometers. The college is located on the right side.
Oyster Farms
Location : Kanchanadit District
Surat Thani is famous for oyster cultivation and the sizes of the oysters farmed here are substantially larger than those found elsewhere. Several medium to small-sized farms are located around the estuarine areas of the Kradae Canal and the Thong River. These farms can be reached by boat from the Tha Thong Quay side within 30 minutes.
Ban Phumriang
Location : Chaiya District
A small handicraft village located approximately 6 kilometers east of Chaiya, Ban Phumriang is notable for its gold and silver brocade silk cloth and jute head gear.
Reuan Punya Village
Location : Chaiya District
Reuan Punya Village is a village with 100 years old, is the oldest which one was used to be the police station and also used to be the second school in Suratthani as well as Ajarn Bhikkhu Buddhadhasa used to study at younger age.