Photo: A bit of grazing before the boat ride.


Surat Thani

Surat’s downtown accommodation comes almost exclusively in the form of mid-size hotels offering solid value in the budget to flashpacker range. Surprising for a city with such a prime place on the tourism map, there are no good backpacker-oriented guesthouses or hostels in town at research time in late 2015.

If you have your own wheels and need a place to sleep before a morning ferry ride to the islands, consider skipping the city and staying at a seaside resort closer to the piers in Don Sak; we’ve heard that Lam-Tong Resort and Wanghin Bungalows are reasonable choices in the 500 to 1,000 baht range.

CBD Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
428/8 Namuang Rd (corner of Chon Kasem Rd), Surat Thani
T: (077) 281 999

We’re not so sure that this area constitutes a “central business district,” but nevertheless the CBD Hotel enjoys an excellent location in the heart of Surat. The fairly large flashpacker-style hotel delivers good value on spacious rooms with plenty of in-room amenities. Accessed by a lift from a glossy lobby, the cheapest rooms come with soft beds, lots of space and nearly wall-size... Read our full review of CBD Hotel.

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My Place at Surat
Backpacker - Under 600B
247/5 Namuang Rd, Surat Thani
T: (077) 272 288, (081) 894 0808

Located a stone’s throw from the riverfront and night market, the 55-room My Place at Surat is a backpacker favourite with clean, reasonably priced rooms and friendly service. Look no further if you’re on a tight budget. Rooms come in a few different styles that will satisfy bare-bones budget travellers and backpackers who can afford to spend a bit more for creature comforts. Up on the fourth... Read our full review of My Place at Surat.

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Papangkorn House
Backpacker - Under 600B
456/295 Talad Mai Soi 39, Surat Thani
T: (091) 516 5161, (084) 059 4449

Papangkorn House is more of a serviced apartment style hotel that’s especially well suited to light sleepers, thanks to the quiet location down a residential side street. Though a bit further from the riverfront than My Place or CBD Hotel, the Papangkorn is only a 10-minute walk from the downtown bus stations and night market. A personable owner and spotless rooms sweeten the deal. Set on... Read our full review of Papangkorn House.

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Sabye d Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
37/2 Bang Baimai Rd (just across the bridge from downtown), Surat Thani
T: (077) 285 262

Stroll across the bridge from the City Pillar Shrine in downtown Surat and you’ll find a far more relaxing atmosphere on the north side of the Tapi River. Within sight of the river is the Sabye d Resort, offering some of the best-value rooms that we saw in Surat. Fronted by a large sign and tiny office behind a few noodle stalls, the Sabye d doesn’t look like much from the road. Head... Read our full review of Sabye d Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Surat Thani? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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