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Surat Thani

Surat Thani

Surat Thani is an ancient city with traces of

human habitation. In the 7thcentury, from

found evidence, the city merged with the

Kingdom of Srivijaya. 

Surat Thani

Thai Term Glossary

Amphoe : District

Ao : Bay

Ban : Village

Chedi : Stupa or Pagoda

Hat : Beach

Khao : Mountain

Khlong : Canal

Ko : Island

Laem : Cape

Mueang : Town or City

Namtok : Waterfall

Tambon : Sub-district

Wat : Temple

Note: English spelling here given tries to

approximate Thai Pronunciation. Posted signs

may be spelled differently. When seeking help for

direction, point to the Thai spelling given after

each place name.

Surat Thani is an ancient city with traces of

human habitation. In the 7thcentury, from

found evidence, the city merged with the

Kingdom of Srivijaya. The ancient city was

divided into 3 towns: Viangsa, Khiri Rat Nikom

and Tha Thong. Then in the reign of King

Rama IV, the town of Tha Thong was moved by

Royal command to Ban Don and upgraded to

a fourth-level town subject to Bangkok, and

was royally renamed “Kanchanadit.” When

a province was established as a form of

administration in the reign of King Rama V,

the three towns were combined as one called

Chaiya. In 1915, King Rama VI changed the

name from Chaiya to Surat Thani, meaning the

“city of good people.”

Surat Thani is the largest province in the

South, spreading over an area of 12,891 square

kilometres. It covers a rainforest area with a

diversity of flora and fauna. Furthermore, it

boasts crystal-clear sea, white sandy beaches,

and famous islands; such as, Ko Samui, Ko

Pha-Ngan, Ko Tao, and Ko Nang Yuan. Each of

the islands has their own diversified nature.

The province is divided into 19 districts:

Amphoe Mueang, Amphoe Phunphin,

Amphoe Kanchanadit, Amphoe Tha Chang,

Amphoe Ban Na Doem, Amphoe Ban Na San,

Amphoe Chaiya, Amphoe Khian Sa, Amphoe

Wiang Sa, Amphoe Don Sak, Amphoe Khiri Rat

Nikhom, Amphoe Vibhavadi, Amphoe Ban Ta

Khun, Amphoe Phra Saeng, Amphoe Tha Chana,

Amphoe Phanom, Amphoe Chai Buri, Amphoe

Ko Pha-Ngan and Amphoe Ko Samui.

Distances from Surat Thani to

Nearby Provinces

Nakhon Si Thammarat 136 kilometres

Krabi 162 kilometres

Phang-nga 154 kilometres

Ranong 221 kilometres

Chumphon 199 kilometres

Distances from the Amphoe

Mueang Surat Thani to Other


Amphoe Ko Samui 102 kilometres

Amphoe Ko Pha-Ngan 120 kilometres

Amphoe Don Sak 63 kilometres

Amphoe Kanchanadit 19 kilometres

Amphoe Ban Na Doem 40 kilometres

Amphoe Ban Na San 42 kilometres

Amphoe Wiang Sa 69 kilometres

Amphoe Phunphin 15 kilometres

Amphoe Khian Sa 48 kilometres

Amphoe Phrasaeng 83 kilometres

Amphoe Chai Buri 96 kilometres

Amphoe Phanom 82 kilometres

Amphoe Ban Ta Khun 70 kilometres

Amphoe Khiri Rat Nikhom 54 kilometres

Amphoe Vibhavadi 69 kilometres

Amphoe Tha Chang 42 kilometres

Amphoe Chaiya 58 kilometres

Amphoe Tha Chana 78 kilometres


By car: From Bangkok, take highway no. 35

(Thonbi-Paktho) via Samut Sakhon, Samut

Songkram until Wang Manao T-junction and

entering to Highway no. 4 (Phetchakasem Road)

to Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and the onto Highway No.41, reaching

to Amphoe Chaiya and Amphoe Mueang Surat

Thani total distance of 660 kilometres.

By bus: There is a daily air-conditioned bus

from Bangkok to Surat Thani. The bus leaves

the Southern Bus Terminal on Borommaratchachonnani 

Road. For more information, please contact,

- Krung Siam Tour; Bangkok Office Tel. 0 2894

 6045, Surat Thani Office Tel. 0 7727 2506, 0

 7743 7342

- Transport Co., Ltd; Bangkok-Surat Thani and

 Bangkok-Ko Samui Tel. 0 2422 4444, 0 2894


- Bangkok Bus Line; Bangkok Office Tel. 0 2894

 6050, Surat Thai Office Tel. 0 7720 0161

By train: From the Hua Lamphong Railway

Station, a daily train service is available. Get

off at the Surat Thani Railway Station in

Amphoe Phunphin. Then, take a bus or taxi

for 14 kilometres to reach the town of Surat

Thani. For more information, contact the State

Railway of Thailand (SRT) at Tel. 1690 Surat

Thani Railway Station in Amphoe Phunphin

at Tel. 0 7731 1213 or

By Air: There are many airlines operating flights

between Bangkok and Surat Thani as follows:

From Suvarnabhumi airport

(Bangkok-Surat Thani Route)

- Thai Smile Airways Tel. 1181, 0 2118 8888

(Bangkok-Ko Samui Route)

- Bangkok Airways Tel. 1771, 0 2270 6699 or

the Ko Samui Office Tel. 0 7742 8500, 0 7760

1300, 0 7742 8555 or

From Donmueang Airport (Bangkok-Surat Thani)

- Thai Air Asia Tel. 0 2515 9999 www.airasia.


- Thai Lion Air Tel. 0 2529 9999 www.lionair

- Nok Air Tel. 1318, 0 2900 9955 www.nokair.


From Surat Thani airport, there are shuttle bus

service to Amphoe Mueang Surat Thani and Ko

Samui. For more information, please contact

Pantip Travel Co., Ltd (Surat Thani Airport Office)

Tel. 0 7727 2230 or

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