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Thailand - The South - Surat Thani Province
On the rim of the Gulf of Thailand - The mainland province that is the parent province of Koh Samui and a hundred or more other small islands. Surat Thani is about 12,890 sq km with a population just under a million souls.
The province was formally known as Kanchanadit and then Chaiya. The name Surat Thani means City of Good People in Thai. The name was bestowed on the city and province by King Vajiravudh - King Rama VI (1910 - 1925).
Surat Thani city is about 645 km from Bangkok (on highway 4) With daily inter-provincial coaches from Bangkok's southern bus terminal. The city is also connected by rail and air.
Surat Thani has a number of visitor attractions:
Amphoe Kanchanadit Monkey Training School - Trains monkeys to climb trees and palms to pick fruit and nuts.
Bang Khlong Sai, Amphoe Tha Chang Monkey Training School - Trains monkeys to climb trees and palms to pick fruit and nuts.
Chaiya National Museum - Displays ancient excavated artifacts of the province and old Chaiya town.
Khao Sok National Park - Located in Amphoe Phanom, Khao Sok has six fantastic waterfalls and some interesting rare plants.
Laem Pho - A beautiful beach about 10 km from town.
Phumriang Village - About 7 km from town the village is famous for the tinsel and silk woven articles and clothing.
Wat Phrathat Chaiya - Includes a 1200 year old Srivichai period pagoda. The Wat houses relics of the Lord Buddha. (The site is about 55 km from Surat Thani town)
Wat Suan Mok - A Buddhist retreat for meditation.
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