This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Surat Thani. To help you make friends with Surat Thani before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Surat Thani, Thailand, is the district located on the coast of mainland Thailand that connects travelers to the nearby islands of Koh Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, and Ko Tao. Surat Thani also has an airport in which several budget airlines offer frequent affordable flights. There are not many hostels in Surat Thani, Thailand, and most backpackers just choose to stay in the area for a night after their bus, train, or plane arrives then catch the ferry over to Koh Samui in the morning. Some backpackers chose to stay in Surat Thani, Thailand hostels and take daily boat rides over to Koh Samui, Ko Pha Ngan (famous for the full moon parties), and Ko Tao. Surat Thani, Thailand hostels are much more affordable than accommodation on Thailand's largest island, Koh Samui. Vice versa, many travelers may have to stay a night in Surat Thani after exploring the islands in order to catch an early morning train, bus, or plane to their next destination.
It is ideal to try to find a Surat Thani, Thailand hostel that is located near the harbor, so you can easily explore the surrounding areas. As Surat Thani isn't a big backpacker hub, don't expect much from your Surat Thani, Thailand hostel beyond a place to sleep and store your belongings. You won't find boutique hostels in Surat Thani, Thailand, or many other travelers here.
If you do decide to explore Surat Thani, which is known as the "City of Good People," make a visit to some of the area's colorful Chinese temples and enjoy street food with locals at the Bandon Pier. Other sites include the City Pillar Shrine, Provincial Hall, Sri Surat Stupa, Chaiya National Museum, Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya, and Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram. Nature lovers will love searching for the rare Raflessia parasite flower, which can be seen at Khao Sok National Park.
Written by local enthusiast for Surat Thani hostelsLola