Checklist of 9 places in Surat Thani where you can travel to at any time of the year
Today, we’re here to suggest you some places that you can travel to without having to wait for specific times of the year, such as new years, holidays, or during the high season. The special thing about these places is that they have their own uniqueness. If you want to know what they are, scroll down to see the details on each picture.
- .Khao Sok National Park : Phanom district
- Khao Tok Hot Springs : Khian Sa district
- Rong Tium Ban Ko Raet : Don Sak district
- Koh Mat Sum : Koh Samui district
- Koh Lamphu : Mueang Surat Thani district
- Tha Chang Community Tourism : Tha Chang district
- Sheep Mine Dunes: Ban Na San district
- 500 Rai Floating Resort : Ban Ta Khun district
- Thamma Park (Ban Khao Na Nai) : Phanom district
Khao Sok National Park : Phanom district
One of the largest and most fertile nationals parks in the southern region, which covers the area of Ban Ta Khun district, Phanom district, and Khiri Rat Nikhom district. It has a total area of 461,712 rai with the general condition of intricate clay mountains and limestone mountains with steep cliffs. Plus, Cheiwlan Dam, the famous lake, is also located in this park as well.
Due to the abundance of the nature, it is suitable to establish various activities around, including white water rafting, trekking, elephant trekking, bird watching and nature walks. The best time to visit is from December to April.
The entrance fee is 40 Baht per person. For safety reasons, if you’re traveling during this period, don’t forget to show your vaccination certificate to the staff, or a Covid-19 test result within 72 hours.
🗺Khao Sok National Park Office : Khlong Sok sub-district, Phanom district, Surat Thani
☎️Contact : 077 395 139
⏰Opening hours : 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Khao Tok Hot Springs : Khian Sa district
It is located within the non-hunting area of Nong Thung Thong. It comprises many hot springs which each have an average temperature of 50-60 degrees Celsius. The water from the hot spring is quality mineral water; clear and odorless. It originated from the Bang Tok canal and is surrounded by rich nature and fresh air. Travelers can bathe and soak themselves in the hot spring as well.
‼️PS. Due to the Covid-19 situation, bathing and soaking in the hot spring is prohibited.‼️
🗺Khao Tok Hot Springs: Khao Tok sub-district, Khian Sa district, Surat Thani
⏰Opening hours : Everyday from 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Rong Tium Ban Ko Raet : Don Sak district
A homestay and restaurant in Ko Raet which not only has a nice view, but also delicious food at a cheap price that you won’t believe!
The highlight room of this place is a room that has a glass wall surrounding the room where you can see the view at an 180 degree and take stunning pictures. The place mainly has two floors – the first floor is a restaurant and a small viewpoint with a hammock net where you can enjoy the sea breeze and the seaview, and the second floor is another viewpoint where you can sip your coffee and be amazed by the panoramic view of the ocean.
The restaurant also serves incredible food as well. There are many dishes to choose from, but what you can’t miss is the ‘stir fried seafood with black pepper’ which has huge crayfish, fresh bouncy prawns, and squid eggs in it. Another menu item is ‘moo nao’ or ‘moo hong’ which is a southern style pork stew. It is so soft and juicy that it melts in your mouth. Don’t forget to try these because they’re Rong Tium’s signature dishes!
There are various activities to do around Ko Raet, but with an additional charge, so for more information you can contact the homestay directly. However, you can’t miss the dolphin watching because they’re adorable and amazing. You don’t need to worry whether you’ll see them or not because no matter which time of year you visit, you’ll definitely see them.
🗺Rong Tium at Ko Raet : Don Sak district, Surat Thani
☎️Contact : 089-7273494 (Ms. Ying) / 084-3084518 (Ms. Kwan)
Koh Mat Sum : Koh Samui district
A small island with white sandy beaches and surrounded by clear, blue waters, intersecting with the indigo sky. On the island, the main highlight is that there are cute, little pigs wandering around the beaches. They are so adorable and friendly. You can pet them, take pictures with them and feed them with vegetables or crackers that are sold on the island. These pigs are owned by the villagers and were taken to enhance tourism within the island.
On the beach, there are also restaurants, welfare shops, restrooms and sunbeds with umbrellas too. Plus, there are also numerous photo shooting spots you can enjoy around the island.
🗺Ko Mat Sum : Taling Ngam sub-district, Koh Samui district, Surat Thani
Koh Lamphu : Mueang Surat Thani district
A beautiful, outstanding, and unique relaxing place for Surat people. It is considered as one of the main tourist attractions to visit whenever you travel to Surat Thani. It is a park, so there is no entrance fee. Most of the time, people come here to either to relax or exercise because it is loaded with trees and is located in the middle of the waters, which makes good ventilation and gives cool weather.
Koh Lamphu is a park where the Surat Thani Provincial Administrative Organization have done some renovations and turn it into a tourist attraction and a recreation place that covers an area of 66 rai. It has beautiful scenery, fresh air, comfortable, conducive for relaxation and some recreational activities, including running, cycling etc. It is not difficult to come to Koh Lamphu because there is a bridge where you can drive your car directly to the island.
🗺Koh Lamphu : Bang Bai Mai sub-district, Mueang Surat Thani district, Surat Thani
⏰Opening hours : Everyday from 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tha Chang Community Tourism : Tha Chang district
Explore and learn the local way of life and how the villagers earn income to their village at Tha Chang Community Tourism.
The activities here vary based on the time of year we visit. But the main highlight of this place is the mud spa and cockle searching.
They also have a small homestay runned by the villagers where we can stay and experience a homey-style relaxation.
🗺Tha Chang Community Tourism Enterprise Group : Khao Than sub-district, Tha Chang district, Surat Thani
☎️Contact : 02-1001010 or 061-15082767
Sheep Mine Dunes: Ban Na San district
A large sand dune that transforms its shapes according to the weather condition, the wind, and rain that blows through. This is why it has a beautiful, unique shape and is another unseen tourist attraction in Surat Thani you definitely must visit one time.
This place is surrounded by the green scenery which overall feels like a piece of art created by nature. Previously, this place used to be a tin mine, which is why all the sand has been left here. The amazing thing is the sand has an extremely smooth texture because it was panned and separated from during the tin mining times.
⁉️What you have to know before coming here is to be careful when you walk through the path because the sand might collapse in some places. Plus, be careful you might end up running out of space in your memory card because the view is just amazingly stunning!
🗺Sheep Mine Dunes : Na San sub-district, Ban Na San district, Surat Thani
500 Rai Floating Resort : Ban Ta Khun district
Stay in a heavenly resort floating on the calm, famous waters of Cheiwlan dam in Khao Sok National Park, surrounded by the mountains and the greenery of nature. 500 Rai floating resort is one of many people’s bucket lists. You can relax your body and mind while recharging yourself at the same time.
On top of that, the hotel also offers various activities like cruising along the dam to relish the beauty of nature, animal sightseeing where you can see bulls and hornbills, kayaking/sup boarding, trekking, or snap some pictures with the phenomenal view. It is very tranquil and natural as it is surrounded by the lake, trees and mountains around.
🗺500 Rai Floating Resort : Chiewlarn pier, Khao Phang sub-district, Ban Ta Khun district, Surat Thani
☎️Contact : 077 953 013
Thamma Park (Ban Khao Na Nai) : Phanom district
This park is a peaceful Buddhist monastery surrounded by the beautiful natural atmosphere around. The park has “Phra Puttha Silavadee,” a chedi built with laterite brought from the city of Kamphaeng Phet. It is located 300 meters from the ground on a limestone mountain, which contains Buddha relics inside. It acts as the center of belief and faith for all Buddhists, leading to a number of tourists traveling to the park to pay homage to prosperity in life.
In addition to being a sacred religious place that is worshiped by the public, the art and architecture within the park is also fascinating. There is an ancient arc entrance with 9 peaks with the word “Buddhawadi” carved on it. It’s absolutely stunning, especially when the morning light reflects onto the arch. On top of that, you can walk up early morning to see the sea mist of the southern region, which is as beautiful as the north, and snap some picture as a souvenir back home, or as a memory.
Most importantly, it is not difficult at all to go there. You can just follow the coordinates on Google Map – when you arrive at the small parking spot next to the walkway, walk up for about 20-30 minutes and you’ll see the beauty above. The distance from the bottom is not far, but it can be quite steep, so be very careful when you walk up.
🗺Thamma Park (Ban Khao Na Nai) : Ton Yuan sub-district, Phanom district, Surat Thani