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How to Spend 3 Days in Surat Thani

How to Spend 3 Days in Surat Thani

With three days in Surat Thani, you have time to discover the natural wonders of Khao Sok National Park, take an island-hopping cruise, and experience local life in this quiet port town. Here’s how to do it. 

Day 1: Eat, pray, swim

With most travelers only passing through en route to the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, Surat Thani remains a typically Thai town and is a good place to escape the crowds. Start by visiting the town’s temples, including Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine, the white and gold Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya, and the Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram monastery. 

Spend the afternoon at Khanom Beach, far less crowded than nearby islands. Cool off with a swim in the ocean, relax with a cocktail, or watch the local fishermen. If you tire of the beach, check out Khao Wang Thong Cave and Samet Chun Waterfall.

Return to Surat Thani in the evening to wander the atmospheric night market. Browse the stalls for handicrafts (such as silk goods from nearby Phum Riang), and feast on street food. 

Day 2: Explore Khao Sok National Park

Set aside a full day for Khao Sok National Park. Most tours begin with a longboat cruise or kayaking excursion around Cheow Lan Dam, a man-made lake framed by towering karst cliffs and flooded mangrove forests. Then for the most impressive views, head up to the mountaintop Guilin Viewpoint—or brave a walk on the Rope Bridge Heart Mountain, a 394-foot-long (120-meter-long) suspension bridge. 

Afterward, hike the ancient rain forest, looking out for elusive flora and fauna. Clouded leopards, monkeys, elephants, and tapir are all possible sightings, as are Thailand’s gigantic Rafflesia flowers. Or, see gibbons and hornbills at the Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Day 3: Set sail

Surat Thani is the gateway to some of Thailand’s most popular islands, and you can visit several of these on a day cruise. Close to shore and fringed with coral reefs and white sand, Koh Tan and Koh Madsum are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. 

Alternatively, choose a full-day island-hopping tour, setting out by speedboat to explore Angthong Marine Park. The sprawling archipelago contains around 45 islands blanketed with lush forests and dotted with dramatic cliffs, lagoons, and sea caves. Tours usually include lunch onboard, as well as multiple stops to swim and snorkel in the crystalline waters. 

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Small-Group Full-Day Khao Sok Nature Tour From Khao Lak

Small-Group Full-Day Khao Sok Nature Tour From Khao Lak

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Explore Khao Sok National Park on a small-group tour from Khao Lak that includes a jungle trek and bamboo rafting trip. Traveling with a small group means you’ll move more quietly through the ancient rainforest, with a better chance of spotting wildlife as you hike, float, and relax by the edge of the river.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.76
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Blue Stars Kayaking Adventure in Angthong Marine Park

Blue Stars Kayaking Adventure in Angthong Marine Park

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Explore more of the stunning islands in Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park on this full-day kayaking tour from Ko Samui. Travel in comfort aboard a spacious well-equipped boat and stop at several calm water destinations where you can go kayaking. You’ll also visit sea caves, a lake, and white-sand beaches at Koh Mae Ko, and have a light breakfast and buffet lunch provided.
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  • 8 hours 48 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.51
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$33.03
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