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How to Spend 1 Day in Surat Thani

How to Spend 1 Day in Surat Thani

Many travelers make a pit stop in Surat Thani before catching the ferry to Koh Samui or Koh Phangan islands, and one day is just enough time to take in the highlights of this port town. From historic temples and natural wonders, to a romantic sunset cruise, here’s how to spend 24 hours in Surat Thani. 

Morning: Lakeside views

Khao Sok National Park lies just over an hour from Surat Thani, making it possible to visit in a morning. To make the most of your time, opt for a half-day tour to Cheow Lan Dam, a man-made lake surrounded by lush jungle and looming cliffs.

Gaze out over the lake from the mountaintop Guilin Viewpoint, then set out on a longtail boat cruise to explore the lake and its mangrove forests. Keep a lookout for clouded leopards, monkeys, and tapir, as well as gigantic Rafflesia flowers. Finally, brave a walk on the Rope Bridge Heart Mountain, a 394-foot-long (120-meter-long) suspension bridge that affords sweeping views over the lake. 

Afternoon: Temples and shrines

After lunch, discover the temples and shrines near Surat Thani. Getting around by public transit can eat up valuable time, so hire a taxi or join a tour. 

The resplendent white and gold Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya dates back to the seventh century and houses a fascinating exhibition of ancient Buddhist relics. Nearby, Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram is a 20th-century monastery set in a tranquil 150-acre (61-hectare) forest, while the snow-white facade of the Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine is striking against a backdrop of the Tapi River. 

Night: A sunset cruise

Set sail along the Gulf of Thailand coast on a traditional wooden junk boat, and watch the sunset from the water. Cruise around the offshore islands, admire views of the white-sand beaches and karst cliffs, and perhaps dive in to swim and snorkel. While onboard, tuck into a typical Thai dinner or local specialties such as fresh seafood. 

Back in Surat Thani, spend the rest of the evening browsing the stalls at the night market. You’ll find a wide selection of handicrafts, such as silk goods from the nearby village of Phum Riang. 

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Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao by Shared Minivan and Seatran Discovery Ferry

Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao by Shared Minivan and Seatran Discovery Ferry

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Spare yourself the expense and stress of arranging last-minute transportation upon arrival at Surat Thani Airport.  Book in advance and enjoy all-inclusive one-way transportation to Koh Tao. Depart the airport at your chosen time in a shared air-conditioned minivan. After an easy changeover to your ferry, relax and take in the sights of the Gulf of Thailand until arrival at Mae Haad Pier via Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours 48 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.60
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Surat Thani Airport to Koh Samui by Shared Minivan and Seatran Discovery Ferry

Surat Thani Airport to Koh Samui by Shared Minivan and Seatran Discovery Ferry

After a tiring flight, the last thing you want to do is spend hours waiting for available transit to your destination. Secure your transportation from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Samui in advance so you can start your vacation sooner. Choose a departure time that fits with your schedule, then enjoy a comfortable shuttle to Don Sak Pier from Surat Thani Airport.  After a seamless changeover to a ferry, relax on your way to Koh Samui.
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  • 4 hours to 5 hours 18 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.66
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Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan by Shared Minivan and Seatran Discovery Ferry

Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan by Shared Minivan and Seatran Discovery Ferry

After a long flight, nobody has the time to piece together public transport and ferry schedules. So make your journey to Koh Phangan both affordable and comfortable by booking this shared minivan and ferry transfer from Surat Thani airport. There are three departures across the day so you can find a time that works with your schedule.
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  • 5 hours to 6 hours 18 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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