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Top 5 places to visit in Surat Thani – A Blend of Exciting Adventures

The scenic Surat Thani lies towards the south of the "Land of Smiles," where the Ta Pi River sprinkles over to the Gulf of Thailand. Although it is hundreds of kilometres away from the south of Bangkok, this captivating capital of the country's Surat Thani Province offers a lot to its visitors.

1

Ang Thong National Marine Park

Being a registered Ramsar site, the Ang Thong National Marine Park hosts an array of ecosystems that acts as the lifeblood for many endemic species. It lies on the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Surat Thani shoreline. The archipelago of 42 islands offers its explorers a multitude of activities. From kayaking across the limestone karsts to looking for its wildlife habitat, an endless stream of attractions await the passionate tourists. The northern part of the archipelago nestles the best diving and snorkelling sites for those who would love to navigate the vibrant world that lies beneath the waters.

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Sonchana Farm and Elephant Sanctuary

For a truly gratifying elephant experience, one must consider the Sonchana Farm and Elephant Sanctuary in Surat Thani. It is a farm managed by a family that belongs to the Khao Sok community. The experience includes feeding and spending time with Somboon, a retired elephant who roams freely in the park. It is lovely to see how the elephant is controlled by using only voice commands, rather than condescending to cruel methods. You can also participate in an exciting cooking session where you get to experience how your meals are cooked. Vegetarian meals can be requested, thus making this place favourable for anyone.

3

Night Market

Unlike other night markets in Thailand, Surat Thani doesn't offer much-commercialised products; thus, it's a great place to experience the authentic taste of Thai life. Located close to the pier of Ta Pi River, the street bearing the markets offers captivating views at night. The night market is brought to life with the national anthem being played sharp at 6 p. m. which gives a surreal experience for those in the vicinity. From delicious pad Thai for only 40 bahts to fried sweet potato dumplings and fried mushrooms, this place would genuinely mesmerise the foodie in you. Don't forget to support the local community by purchasing some handmade souvenirs!

4

Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine

The gleaming white pillar shrine of Surat Thani is particularly a picture-worthy place, especially at night, when a colourful combination of floodlights illuminates the white exterior. It occupies a special place in the hearts of the Surat Thani community. It is also the only temple in Thailand that still maintains the uniqueness of the Srivijaya-period arts completely. The architecture of this construction carries influences from countries such as Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

5

Chaweng Beach

The stunningly beautiful beach of Chaweng lies off the coast of Surat Thani. One can reach the calmness of this beach by ferry, which will cost you around a maximum of 900 bahts. The two-hour journey will be worth once you set your sights upon the white sand beaches of Chaweng. The warm waters of the turquoise sea and the calm surroundings will keep you spellbound for a few glorious hours. The sea breeze at this enthralling location will surely make your stomach rumble making you yearn to be at one of the best Chaweng restaurants such as the Tree Tops Restaurant. Such restaurants will offer you scintillating views of the ocean while you indulge in an ultimate dining experience.