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Surat Thani Province

Short Facts

Name: Changwat Surat Thani
Area: About 12,891 km²
Inhabitants: About 970,000
Location: South Thailand, next to the Gulf of Thailand.
Capital: Surat Thani
Neighboring provinces: Five (5): Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang Nga and Ranong.
Amphoe / Districts: Ban Na Doem, Ban Na San, Ban Ta Khun, Chai Buri, Chaiya, Don Sak, Kanchanadit, Khian Sa, Khiri Rat Nikhom, Ko Phangan, Ko Samui, Mueang Surat Thani, Phanom, Phrasaeng, Phunphin, Tha Chana, Tha Chang, Vibhavadi, Wiang Sa.
Popular tourist destinations: Koh Samui (Chaweng beach and Lamai Beach), Koh Phangan (Hat Rin), Koh Tao, Koh Nang Yuan and Angthong National Marine Park.

About Surat Thani

Surat Thani is southern Thailand's largest province and it´s also the name of the province's largest city. The city is working as the gateway for travel from Bangkok to the southern parts of Thailand. This, because of the approximately 650-km-long railway linking the south to Bangkok. You can also fly here from the capital, or go by bus. The people of Surat Thani has a long tradition of fishing, extracting rubber from rubber plantations and coconut exports. Now is also the tourism industry a major source of income, not least in the province's islands.

The popular tourist destinations (and islands) Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan belongs all to the province of Surat Thani on the mainland. Surat Thani means "the good peoples city."

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Chaweng beach (Hat Chaweng) on Koh Samui is one of The Siam bays most popular tourist destinations. A large number of restaurants, bars and resorts have been established along the approximately 7 km beach.

Haad Rin in Koh Phangan is best known for the huge full moon party that is held at this beach once a month. Information on what date the party takes place you'll find here.

Koh Tao (turtle island) is the name of a relatively small island which lies north of Koh Phangan. The majority of the tourists who comes to the island makes it to dive in one of Thailand's most popular dive waters, or just relax.

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