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Surat Thani Province
Surat Thani The largest province of the South located 685 km from Bangkok is Surat Thani the province with a name that literally means'City of the Good People'. A former capital of the Srivijaya Empire, the province covers an area of approximately 12,891 sq km. Surat Thani Province borders the Gulf of Thailand to the north and east, Chumphon Province to the north, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi Provinces to the south, Phang-Nga and Ranong Provinces to the west and Nakhon Si Thammarat Province to the east.

High plateaus and forested mountains are located to the west of the province, while there are low basins in the center and along the eastern coast. This topography has created 14 river basins including Tapee, Pum Duang, Tha Thong, Tha Krajai, Chaiya, Tha Chang which are the most important basins. All rivers in Surat Thani flow east of the province to the Gulf of Thailand.

The numerous islands along the coast makes Surat Thani (often known as Surat in short) a perfect hideaway for vacationers from around the world. The ideal destination for many is the Penang-sized Ko Samui, Thailand’s third largest island, and its neighbour Ko Pha-ngan a celebrated island that hosts the biggest beach full moon party. North of Ko Pha-ngan is Ko Tao, renowned for its excellent coral reefs. To top it all is the dazzling 250-sq km Ang Thong Marine National Park, where a stunning archipelago awaits to greet visitors with their charming palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear water and colorful coral reefs. The best time to enjoy one of these islands to the fullest is from April to November.

Today, Surat Thani is an important commercial and shipping hub for rubber and coconut trading.
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North : Chomphon and Ranong
South : Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi
East : Gulf of thailand and Nakhon Si Thammarat
West : Phang Nga and Ranong
Distances to Other Provinces
Nakhon Si Thammarat 134 km Krabi 211 km
Chomphon 193 km Ranong 219 km
Phangnga 196 km    

Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
Phunphin 12 km Phra Saeng 68 km
Kanchanadit 18 km Wiang Sa 68 km
Tha Chang 37 km Vibhavadi 70 km
Ban Na San 41 km Ban Ta Khun 71 km
Ban Na Doem 50 km Tha Chana 78 km
Khiri Ratnikhom 55 km Phanom 80 km
Don Sak 61 km Koh Samui 84 km
Khian Sa 61 km Koh Phangan 100 km
Chaiya 68 km Chai Buri 112 km
Festivals & Events
Rambutan Fair
When: July - Auguest
Where: at the front of Srisurat ground and The bank of Tapi River
This annual fair is held in August. The first rambutan tree was planted in Surat Thani in 1926, and this fair celebrates the delicious fruit, which now grows widely in the area. Highlights include exhibitions of local products and ornamental plants, floats adorned with rambutan and other fruits, and demonstrations of trained monkeys who harvest coconuts.
Chak Phra Festival
When: October
Where: District Office of Surat Thani
Chak Phra Festival This festival is held in October every year. Surat Thani celebrates the official end of the annual 3-month Buddhist Rains retreat (Phansa) with the Chak Phra Festival (literally the procession of hauling the Buddha image). The tradition stems from the belief that the Buddha ascended to Heaven during Phansa to preach to his mother. The festival marks the Buddha's return to Earth, and is an occasion for religious merit-making and general celebrations. Local people organize dazzling land and waterborne processions of revered Buddha images (to symbolize the Buddha's return to Earth) and boat races on the Tapi River where long boats, each manned by up to 50 oarsmen, are ebulliently raced. Religious devotion, spectacle and merriment combine to make Surat Thani's Chak Phra Festival a memorable annual event.