Translation: "City of good people"
In Thai language: สุราษฎร์ธานี
Province size: 12,891.5 km²
Location: South-Eastern Thailand
Districts (Amphoe): 7
Sub districts (Tambon): 131
Villages (Muban): 1028
Distance from Bangkok: ≈ 644 km
Province population: ≈ 1 million
City population: ≈ 130,000
Time zone: ICT - UTC+7
Country calling code: +66
Police emergency: 191
Tourist Police - Emergency: 1155
Surat Thani town can be described as a hub for travelers in the South of Thailand. Most tourists just pass by, but if you are not in a hurry, we recommend you to stay for a day or two to experience an overage middle size Thai city. You can reserve a room online, easily from this website, in the column to the right.
WAITING FOR THE FERRY - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org
From the domestic terminal at Bangkok's International Airport. (Suvarnabhumi) Thai Airways and Air Asia has daily flights to the Surat Thani Airport (IATA airport code: URT).
If you are going from Bangkok, there are direct buses from Khao San Road as well as from the Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal at Chonnani Road. Buy the tickets at the terminal or in any travel agency. The so called VIP buses are often rather comfortable, with less seats than regular buses.
A comfortable way to travel in Thailand. Especially in a first class (two bed private compartments) or second class air conditioned sleeping coach. From Hualampong Railway Station in Bangkok, to Surat Thani Railway Station.
History and Economy
The Surat Thani region has been populated for a very long time. Some areas were actually already populated at prehistoric time by tribes. For about 1000 years the Srivijaya Kingdom dominated the region until it fall in the 13th century. It was then divided into two towns; Thatong and Chaiya. The province was named Surat Thani in July 29th 1915, as the King Rama VI (King Vajiravudh) was visiting the province.
Surat Thani means "City of good people" in Thai. It is the largest province of Southern Thailand. Today Surat Thaini is a important export region for coconuts, rubber and rambutan (a red, hairy, delicious fruit that you definitely should try).
Nowadays it is also a very port and hub for tourists going to the islands of Mu Koh Samui (Samui, Tao and Phangan islands) and also the Andaman region in the South West. (Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga and Trang).