The name of Surat Thani may mean “City of the Good People” but Surat Thani is also known as “the province of a thousand islands” — many of which lay off the coast in the Gulf of Thailand, including the archipelago that contains Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and the Mu Koh Ang Thong Marine national park.
Most travellers are fascinated by Koh Samui’s white beaches, emerald Sea reflecting blue sky. Hat Chaweng and Hat Lamai are the beaches for sunbathing and swimming all day. There is natural beauty of Hin Ta and Hin Yai – a surprising-shaped rock in Hat Lamai.
Not only beautiful beaches, travellers can also go Snorkelling or diving to see beautiful coral reefs or go to Khao Tha Phet Wildlife and Nature Education Station which is at the 210-meter height above sea level to see the city’s view. Visitors can enjoy Seafood at the restaurants around Tapee River or having seafood with the sea view at Aow Ban Don Tai.
There are many delicious food and sweet in Surat Thani including Khanom Jung, Phumriang shell, oyster, Khanom Chin (thin rice noodles) with spicy curry Paste in southern style, Khanom Chindae, and bitter beans which has its unique smell.
While the weather is generally good year-round, the best time to enjoy the islands of Surat Thani is between April and November.