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Surat Thani

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Air

The Surat Thani airport is located about 30km north of the city. Panthip Travel (077) 27 2230 offers a mini bus from Taalat Kaset 1 at 08:30, 10:30, 14:00, 17:00

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Train

Surat Thani does not have a train station located downtown. The closest station is 13km away in Phun Phin. A motorbike taxi from the centre of Surat will cost 150 THB. A better choice is the local bus from Talaat Kaset 1 (12 THB)

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Bus

There are three bus stations in Surat. Expect to pay 50B - 100B more when buying a ticket from a travel agent. Pay the local price if possible and buy the ticket on the bus or mini bus.

Talaat Kaset 1:
This is the bus station for local travel around Surat Thani province. It is located across the street from Talaat Kaset 2.
Take the local orange bus (marked train station in English) to the new bus station and the train station (12 THB).

Talaat Kaset 2:
This is the bus station and mini bus station for longer trips. It is located across the street from Talaat Kaset 1. Sample fares include:

Surat Thani to Krabi:
AC bus (3 hr): 140 THB - leaves hourly from 06:00 until 17:00
Mini bus (2.5 hr): 150 THB - leaves hourly from 08:00 until 16:00

Surat Thani to Phuket:
AC bus (6 hr): 120 THB - 06:00, 08:00, 09:00, 11:00, 12:00, 15:00
Mini bus(4 hr): 180 THB - leaves hourly from 08:00 until 18:00

Surat Thani to Hat Yai:
AC bus (6+ hr): 200 THB - 06:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 17:00
Mini bus: (4 hr): 150 THB - leaves hourly from 06:30 until 17:30

New Station:
Located en route to the train station, this is the place to catch an air-con bus to Bangkok. Take the local bus from Talaat Kaset 1 to the train station and tell the driver to stop at the new bus station.

Surat Thani to Bangkok: (11-14 hr)
VIP 24 seats: 640 THB - all day and overnight
A/C 38 seats: 488 THB - all day and overnight

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Boat

Surat Thani has four main piers, Bandon (in Surat Thani town), Donsak, Tatong and Khanom. While Khanom Pier is operating, both Donsak and Tatong are far more convenient. Avoid using Khanom if possible. The night boat leaves from Bandon Pier as stated below.

Bandon pier
Bandon Pier is located on Ban Don Rd next to the Ta Pi river in downtown Surat Thani.

The overnight boat to Ko Tao leaves nightly at 23:00 and arrives from Ko Tao at 07:00 (500B each way).


Donsak Pier
Located 1.5 hours to the east of Surat Thani, Donsak is used by several ferries departing to Ko Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan. It's around an hour and a half bus ride from Surat Thani to Donsak Pier. Take the bus to Donsak Pier from the Raja Ferry office or the Seatran Ferry office in Surat Thani. The bus ride is included in the price of the boat ticket.

Raja Ferry -- Tel (077) 47 1151-3, Fax (077) 47 1154.
Raja Ferry provides bus and boat service from Surat Thani to Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan.

Surat Thani to Taling Ngam, Samui (takes 3 hours): 190B
Departs Donsak: 06:50, 08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30

Surat Thani to Pha-Ngan (takes 4 hours): 290B
Departs Donsak: 05:30, 08:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:00

Seatran Ferry -- Tel: 02 240 2582, Fax: 02 249 5951
Seatran provides bus and boat service from Surat Thani to Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan.

Surat Thani to Nathon, Samui (takes 3 hours): 190B
Departs Donsak: Hourly 06:00-19:00

Surat Thani to Pha-Ngan (takes 4 hours): 290B
Departs Donsak: Hourly 06:00-19:00

Tatong Pier
Tatong pier is the departure point for the express boat, and is 8km outside of Surat. Take a local orange bus from Talaat Kaset 1 to Tatong Pier in Paknam Tatong.

Songserm Travel Tel: (077) 28 5125, use Tatong pier.

The express boat from Surat Thani to Samui (200B), Pha-Ngan (250B), and Tao (500B) l eaves daily at 08:00 from Tatong Pier.

Updates from Travelfish readers

  • There are also overnight ferries to Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui leaving from Bandon pier at 23:00. The ferry to Koh Pha Ngan costs 400 Baht and you can buy the tickets right at the pier.

    Update by ewe (2)
    Written on 9th January, 2014

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Getting Around

Motorcycle taxis are easily the fastest and most dangerous mode of public transport in Surat Thani. Unless you know the correct fare, it is a good idea to agree on a fare beforehand. Always wear a helmet, but there is a good chance your driver will not have a spare.

Taking a songthaew (10B within the Muang district) is a safer means of transportation. They are small, blue and everywhere.

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