Surat Thani - Page 2
Surat Thani has a good selection of guest houses and hotels with both air conditioned and fan cooled rooms. The largest hotel in town has a swimming pool and the usual facilities visitors expect to find in this class of accommodation.
Food and Drink
The larger hotels have coffee shops and good restaurants. There are many food stalls around the bus stations and market area which serve tasty meals. If you are catching the car ferry to Koh Samui there is a restaurant and some of food stalls next to the pier.
Chaiya has some fine examples of Javanese style temples and is located about 40km north of Surat Thani. There is a regular bus service between the two towns.
About 100km to the south is Nakhon Si Thammarat which is a good place to buy neilloware (silver with black enamal). The city's main attraction is a 78 metre chedi, crowned by a gold spire, which stands in the grounds of Wat Mahathat. The is the largest wat in the south and is reputed to be over a thousand years old. There is a daily bus service from Surat Thani to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
An express boat run from Ban Don for day trips to Koh Samui, but such a short visit will only allow a glimpse of what the island has to offer.
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