Surat Thani, the City of Good People, is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. It boasts a history dating back to the 5th century and is found in the southern part of the country. The city is also a gateway to the islands of Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, and Ko Tao. The natural beauty and the ancient temples in this area are a sight to behold.
Whether you’re heading to the beautiful country of Thailand to experience new things or to just get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is still important to plan the holiday out. If you’re not sure what you can do to fill up your days while you’re here (other than lounging on a beautiful beachfront resort), read on. Here are three things you can do in Surat Thani:
1 – Explore the Khao Sok National Park
What better way to enjoy the beauty of nature than to explore one of the oldest rainforests in the world? There are plenty of activities for people who love the great outdoors, such as hiking through the trails, kayaking through the Sok River, paddling through the Cheow Lan Lake, and riding elephants leisurely through the forest.
There is so much to explore here that we recommend taking more than one day to explore Khao Sok National Park. You could see ancient evergreens, giant limestone mountains and caves, exotic flora and fauna, and amazing animals.
2 – Shop at the Surat Thani Night Market
One of the most exciting parts of any vacation is shopping. If you have no idea where to begin, the Surat Thani Night market is famed worldwide for its wide range of products and food. Rambutan, salted duck eggs, and the largest oysters in the world are just some of the things you can sample as you explore the market.
There is also a rare variety of silk in the night market known as Phum Riang silk, which originates from the Thai village of the same name. Silk scarves, handkerchiefs, and other clothes and accessories are just some of the things you can bring home as mementos of your trip to Thailand.
3 – Visit an oyster farm
As we mentioned before, Surat Thani is home to the largest variety of oysters in the world. If you are a fan of seafood, why not visit an oyster farm? You would have a chance to see what goes into the process of breeding and harvesting the oysters. Their journey from farm to table can give you insight into why this variety is so large (and delicious).
The beauty about these oyster farms is that some of them have options where you can feast on delicious and freshly-gathered oysters. However, do note that you need a strong stomach to eat raw oysters and that you might need to charter a boat to visit the farms.
Surat Thani is just one of the many places you can visit on your Thailand vacation. There are plenty of temples, beachfront resorts, restaurants, and cultural hotspots to discover during your trip. However, these three might prove a good start to a memorable holiday in this beautiful country.
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