Surat Thani (Surat Thani): tourist information

General information about Surat Thani

The city of Surat Thani (Surat Thani, Suratthani, Suratthani, Suratthani, IATA code URT) is located near the coast of the Gulf of Siam in southern Thailand (Surat Thani map Thailand). Is one of the largest settlements in the country, the number of inhabitants amounts to about 125 thousand people. The name, which in translation means "city of good people" - is quite young. In 1915 the king of Siam, Vajiravudh (Rama VI) decided to rename the pre-existing town in Surat Thani.

In economic terms, today it is an essential item of fishing fisheries and timber trade and production of minerals.

Surat Thani to tourists is primarily a gateway to the Islands in the Gulf of Thailand: Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao. Sometimes using it also get in Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Samui town with a ferry crossing. Transit point on the way to the island is the airport, which is 30 km from the "City of good people". Railway station in Surat Thani is part of the southern branch of the railway communication of the country, which connects the capital of Thailand, with its southern regions and moves on to Malaysia and Singapore.

The town itself is Surat Thani is not a tourist Mecca. Here there does not appear crowds travelling foreigners, except those that were in the city on the way to the Islands. But in Surat Thani is a chance to see the real, non-touristy Thailand. Here you can try local food, meet friendly people and learn more about their real life. The prices for food, travel and accommodation in Surat Thani is quite low.

One of the most interesting places in the vicinity of Surat Thani - the training College of the monkeys (Monkey Training College), which is located just 8 km from the city. This is the first in Thailand a project of this kind. Here, animals are trained to gather coconuts. Guests can watch entertainment shows of high school graduates and those still in training. Optionally, tourists can spend the night in one of the bungalows close to the monkeys.

The local attractions include boat trips on the river TAPI. Along the way you can see coconut plantations, typical Thai houses, the brightest representatives of the local fauna, mangroves.

A special attraction of the city becomes at night. If at this time, to dare to go for a walk along the river, you can witness the show of fireflies. City market also comes to life after sunset. It sells popular Thai dishes: corn on the cob, fried chicken, rice with saffron, squid kebab, sushi.

How to get to Surat Thani

As we mentioned above, most often Suratthani is used in order to get through it to the Islands Samui, Phangan, Tao, Phuket. For more detail about how to get to each of these Islands can be found in the relevant sections:

  • In Surat Thani by Plane

    In Surat Thani is a small international airport Surat Thani Airport (code URT). It is 20 kilometers from the city (airport map). Here are regular international flights from Kuala Lumpur, chartered from China and Taiwan, as well as from the inner of Bangkok and Chiang Mai. A lot runs daily flights from Bangkok from the new Suvarnabhumi international airport, and from the old Don Mueang. Of the latest fly the budget airline Air Asia, Nok Air, Lion Air, flying from Suvarnabhumi Thai Ariways (their unit Thai Smile). Flights are cheap, you can fly one way from 1000 baht. Which is convenient, Air Asia and Nok Air offer combined tickets plane-bus-ferry from the Islands of Samui, Phangan and Tao.

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    How to get from the airport to the city of Suratthani and the Islands

    From the airport to the city centre can be reached by taxi or van for 100 baht. Schedule of vans tailored to the schedule of planes, but I can update it on the website of the carrier Tickets are purchased at the van counter at the airport or on the website at the link. Also there is offered a comprehensive Shuttle service to the Islands of Samui, Phangan, Tao, what is the most simple and reliable way to get from the airport to the Islands (Samui - 350 baht Koh Phangan - 500, O. Tao - 900). On direct bus routes from the airport in Surat Thani to Phuket is unknown to us, and according to our data, I have to change in the city.

  • On the train to Surat Thani

    In Surat Thani railway station branch, running from Bangkok South through Hua hin, Chumphon, Surat Thani, hat Yai and on to Malaysia and Singapore. The trains here really accessible from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang (up to Butterworth station on the mainland). Schedule of trains from Bangkok to Surat Thani and in General in Thailand can be found on the website The timetables for Malaysia here Unfortunately, the sale of electronic tickets on trains in Thailand is not possible, and they can be purchased only at railway stations, and better. You can also do this through the local tourist sites such as a small fee and get the paper ticket at the hotel in Bangkok or at the railway station Bangkok Hua Lamhpong before the train departure. Read more about travel in Thailand by train here.

    The station is Surat Thani (Surat Thani Train Stations) is located in Phun Phin district (what is sometimes called the Phun Phin Train Staions) 15 kilometers from the city center (railway station on the map). Immediately when you exit the train you cast aside suggestions to get on the bus and ferry to any location in the South of Thailand or to the center of the city. If you have to go into town, don't hurry to agree to these proposals. Enough to go from the station as you can take the orange bus for 15 baht, which will take you into the city centre at the old bus station 1 Bus Station on Taladmai Rd (see below). If you need to the Islands, it is best to buy here a comprehensive Shuttle bus+ferry.

  • By bus to Suratthani

    To get to Surat Thani by bus from Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua hin, Phetchaburi and almost all the major cities of the South, including Phuket. The actual schedule and cost see the table below.

    All long-distance long-distance flights arrive at the new bus station, which is located outside of the city just 5 kilometers (a new station on the map). With her in city center always runs orange bus for 15 baht to the old bus station Bus Terminal 1.

    There are also buses that arrive directly at the pier don Sak, where you can catch a ferry to Koh Samui or Phangan. Part of long-distance flights for short distances to the South departs and arrives from old station in the city centre Bus Terminal 1 on Taladmai Rd (Bus Terminal 1 on the map).

    Beware of typical local wiring on arrival in Surat Thani by bus. The gist of it is that during the entrance of the bus to Surat Thani, the bus you sits "well-wisher", who advises you to go before the final stop, as from here you can take a bus to Samui, Phangan, etc. Another option, when one behaves like a representative of the company. As a result, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere far from any transportation, but here comes a taxi or tuk-tuk, ready VAZ to take place for a round sum.

    Remember! If you bought a ticket for the Shuttle bus to the bus station (not a private tourist bus), you must exit at the final bus station in Surat Thani, or at least in the city centre.

  • On the ferry in Surat Thani

    On the ferry in Surat Thani arrive and depart on Koh Samui, Phangan, Tao. Most often the ferries leave from Don Sak pier, which is located far from the city, an hour away from the center (Don Sak on the map). But it is better to make a route through it not alone, but buying an integrated Shuttle bus+ferry to travel the city streets or the hotel as far as we know, regular bus service to this pier from Surat Thani is not carried out. The same transfers are available on arrival at the bus or railway station in Surat Thani and the airport.

    Right in the center of Surat Thani there is also a Marina Ban Don (Ban Don pier on the map), where you can catch the night ferry to Samui, Phangan and Tao. This is a very slow boat, go all night. They at least include a are only given mattresses on which to sleep right on the deck. The cost of 100 baht to Koh Samui, departing 22:00, arrival in Samui at Nathon pier at 04:00. On Koh Tao 500 baht, departure 23:00, arrival 07:00. On Phangan 400 baht, 23:00, arrival 05:00.

    Attention! Information about the ferries obsolete, find out cost and schedule in place.

Hotels in Surat Thani

In the city you can find hotels of different levels: from budget to more expensive, but generally the hotels here are very cheap. The tourist zone is not here, and not to be mistaken with the choice of location, it is better to choose a hotel closer to the city center (downtown on the map), and best of all close to the main road Talad Mai Road, as the main reference point here is the proximity to transport centers.

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Map Of Surat Thani

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The schedule of buses and trains to Surat Thani

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 2017 18 Oct, 16:33
All right, prohibited, and a violation is punishable by a fine. ...
admin 22 may 2017, 17:28
Beautiful pictures ...
T-Sell 23 Oct 2017, 12:34
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yulkashpulka 25 Oct 2017, 20:13
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31 Oct 2017, 03:56
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admin 2017 Nov 14, 18:43
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admin 19 may 2017, 17:42
Please! Check back often ...
iscander 23 may 2017, 22:51
I read a lot about Thailand, and familiar rested there, but the desire to go there. The climate is not suitable for me. ...
admin 25 Dec 2017 11:35 am
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admin 26 Dec 2017, 18:09
Well, all right, available to visitors of the temples and pagodas. Part of the Palace is closed to tourists, there's also the king family is, it's sacred for Thais. ...