Surat Thani: Where Thai Culture Meets Natural Beauty

Surat Thani is the largest province in southern Thailand. Its name, which King Vajiravudh gave it, means something like “city of good people” (Rama VI). Even though it is also known as the province of a thousand islands, the archipelago of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and the many islets of Mu Koh Ang Thong National Marine Park stand out. Most people go there for the white sand beaches and emerald water, but Surat Thani also has a lot of outdoor activities, like snorkeling, diving, and watching wildlife. These are some of the best places in the province to visit.

Mu Ko Angthong National Park

Surat Thani: Where Thai Culture Meets Natural Beauty

Mu Ko Angthong is a national marine park in Thailand. The closeness of the different-sized and-shaped islands makes for one of the most beautiful views of the Gulf of Thailand. All but one of the islands are uninhabited and full of tropical plants. Scenes from the well-known movie The Beach were shot here. You can snorkel, kayak, dive, or go hiking, among other active tourism activities, in the park.

Koh Samui

Surat Thani: Where Thai Culture Meets Natural Beauty

Samui is the largest island in the Chumphon Lake archipelago and the second largest island in Thailand. Its water is great for kayaking and diving, among other things. Koh Samui has beaches that are surrounded by palm trees, and the lowlands in the middle of the island are used to grow coconut palms and fruit trees. In the middle of the island is a big rock made of granite. The slopes of this rock are covered with jungle. The first people to live on the island may have come looking for fish from the peninsula Malay and South China Island. The first backpackers started going there in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that it became really popular, and tourism started to grow a lot. At the moment, Samui is the second most popular island after Phuket.

Koh Tao

Surat Thani: Where Thai Culture Meets Natural Beauty

The island of Tao (Koh Tao), which means “island of the turtles,” is one of the best places to dive in Thailand. Diving can be done there all year long because the water temperature stays around 29°C, but the best time is from May to August when visibility is good. In the past, prisoners were kept on the island, just like they were on Koh Tarutao in Satun province.

Due to its small size and a large number of visitors, it is best to minimize the effect on the environment and be very careful with the trash that is made. The best thing to do is to bring back to the continent anything that doesn’t break down.

Khao Sok National Park

Surat Thani: Where Thai Culture Meets Natural Beauty

Khao Sok National Park is in charge of a large part of Cheow Larn Lake. Its landscape has been compared to that of Guilin, China, because it is made up of limestone karsts and has mountains that are almost a thousand meters high and are completely covered with plants. The strange thing is that the lake’s surface is a new landscape. It was made when the Ratchaprapha dam was built in 1982. There are animals like gibbons and beautiful hornbills that live in the dense jungle that surrounds the lake.

Koh Nangyuan

Surat Thani: Where Thai Culture Meets Natural Beauty

Three small islands make up Koh Nang Yuan. They are close to Koh Tao and are joined by a thin strip of white sand. In less than ten minutes, you can walk through a leafy forest to a high point with a view of the whole island. The view is especially beautiful at sunset. To get in, you have to pay a small fee, and plastic bottles and cans aren’t allowed, so it doesn’t lose its value. One great thing to do is snorkel in the coral reefs.

June Juea Bay , Koh Tao

Surat Thani: Where Thai Culture Meets Natural Beauty

On Koh Tao, you have to walk down a small, steep concrete road or walk for a little over twenty minutes from other beaches to get to June Juea Bay. In the bay, there are small beaches with white sand and clear water that look like paradise and are good places to dive and snorkel. It is a great place to watch the sunset because it is in the southwest of the island.

Sai Nuan Beach, Koh Tao

Surat Thani: Where Thai Culture Meets Natural Beauty

In the southwest of Koh Tao, there are two beaches called Sai Nuan Beach. One of them has rock formations, and the other has white sand. We can get from one beach to the other by taking a nice walk through a dense natural area with tall palm trees or by swimming or paddling a kayak through the water.

Olivia Ashly

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