Traveling in Surat Thani province in South Thailand
Last year I did make a posting about counting all the provinces I had been in Thailand. And I saw I have been to (stayed in) 48 provinces out of the 76. So in the coming months I will travel via my postings from the most southern province I have been to the most northern province, with some photos and information about each province. This is part 4 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Surat Thani province is about in the middle of South Thailand and borders the east-side with the Golf of Thailand. The capital town is of course Surat Thani town. Surat Thani province is for the most people known for taking the ferry to the islands Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, although there are of course more islands within Surat Thani province. And beautiful beaches on the main land of Surat Thani province. Besides for beaches Surat Thani province is also famous for Khao Sok National Park with mangrove forrest, karsten mountains and the beautiful Ratchapraphap Lake. Surat Thani town can be reached by bus, train and airplane (URT). Koh Samui can be reached by ferry or airplane (USM). The islands Koh Tao and Koh Phangan can only be reached by ferry.
Personally I visited Surat Thani for the first time in 1991 to visit Koh Samui and to find paradise at The Fair House on Chaweng Noi beach (see photo above). We arrived by train and took the ferry from Don Sak. In the following years we would return a few times and later I would also visit the islands Koh Tao (famous for great diving spots) and Koh Phangan (famous for the Full Moon parties). It would be in 2018 that I did return for the first time to Surat Thani in about 15 years. First visiting the beautiful Koh Sok and later visiting Koh Samui. And the latter was a total shock for me, what happend to paradise?