Surat Thani

Overview of Surat Thani, Thailand

Surat Thani is considered the “Hub of the South” or the “Gateway to the South”.  Surat Thani is where all major commercial goods are shipped through as they travel either North or South.

Surat is also the place where all travelers must pass through on their way to other destinations.  Surat Thani is the jumping off point if one wishes to go to any of the three nearby islands (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, Ko Tao), or if one wishes to travel to the west coast (Phuket, Krabi, Ko Lanta, Pha-nga, Ko Phi Phi).

There is also a train station near Surat Thani (it’s called the Surat Thani train station but it’s actually in Phun Phin which is 12 kilometers away from Surat) as well as an airport (again called the Surat Thani airport but actually in Phun Phin. In terms of access to traveling around Thailand, Surat Thani is the best.

Surat Thani has two large hospitals and a countless number of private clinics.  There are pharmacies, restaurants, large schools, temples, pubs, internet shops, cell phone shops, bookstores (quite a few with English titles), video rental shops, clothing stores, sport clubs, convenience stores, etc.  There are KFCs, Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens.

Surat Thani has at least 5 large hotels and a large number of small ones.  There are also 3 large malls/shopping centers (one of them, Sahathai, is just a few minutes walking from the school).

Last, but not least, there is an island that sits in the middle of the Tapee River, which flows through Surat Thani.  The island has running paths, football fields, basketball courts, etc.

Surat Thani also boasts a night market which is supposed to be one of the best.

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