Surat Thani Province

Cheow Lan Lake

Surat Thani covers some 12,800 square kilometers and has an extensive coastline lapped by Thai Gulf waters. The provincial capital, 685 kilometers from Bangkok, is situated at the mouth of the Tapi River on the eastern side of peninsula.

Surat Thani is a major destination for both luxury and shoestring travelers seeking to realize their dreams of a tropical seascape. Renowned for its vast collection of palm-fringed islands off its coast, Surat Thani is also covered with large forest areas abundant in flora and fauna.

Many rare species of plants and birds are to be found in the province’s national parks. Surat Thani once formed part, and may have been the centre, of Mahayana Buddhist Srivijaya Empire which steeped in legend and mystery, dominated the Malay peninsula and much of Java some 1,500 years ago. Archaeological discoveries at Chaiya district indicate the former empire’s splendour.

Things to do in Surat Thani Province


Hin Pad Standing Rock, Surat Thani

Hin Pad Standing Rock, Surat Thani

Hin Tang or Hin Pad is a giant rock, with 1 meter width base and 6 meters high, located on a mountain in Moo.13, Yuan Sao village, Tha Khanon Subdistrict,…

Phra Boromma That Chaiya, Surat Thani

Phra Boromma That Chaiya, Surat Thani

Located approximately 4 kilometers northeast of Suan Mokkh, this ancient Chedi houses Buddha relics, which are highly revered by local residents. The restored Phra Borom That Chaiya serves as a…

Chaiya National Museum, Surat Thani

Chaiya National Museum, Surat Thani

Archaeological finds indicate that prehistoric man may have lived in the area of Chaiya district at around 5,000 years ago. Later when the people in the southern peninsula began to…