Do you love island holidays but have a hard time choosing which stretch of sand to stake your sunbrella in? You’re not alone, traveller. Steal away to Surat Thani, an easygoing Thai city close to several of the country’s most popular isle escapes.
Speaking of steals, you can book great Surat Thani accommodation right here, and spend your days wandering through the rain forest or catch a ferry out to nearby Koh Samui and Ko Phan Ngan for snorkelling and lazy beach bumming.
From Surat Thani, you’ll never be too far from national landmarks and natural beauty. West of town, you can hike through secluded forests, including the sprawling Khao Sok National Park. If you’re not a long-distance swimmer—or even if you are—grab your bathers and some snorkelling gear and take a ferry out for some fabulous island-hopping. It’s a few hours’ trip by land and sea, so you may want to book one of our hotels in Koh Samui or strike out super early so you don’t miss the famous night markets on the mainland.
Back in the city centre, check out the gorgeous Surat Thani Pillar Shrine near the Tapi River—this white, castle-like building does a quick wardrobe change with colourful lights each night, so get some sun at the beach, but don’t stay away too late! There are plenty hotels in Surat Thani, so you can eat your fill of Thai barbecue and stay close to the market. Priorities.
Catch a flight to Surat Thani International Airport (URT), located 26 km west of downtown. From there, buses run through the city, but hired cars from Wotif are best for some serious exploring. Serious savings are also in store when you save on airfares and Surat Thani hotels by booking one of our awesome Surat Thani holiday packages. The islands are calling!