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Discovering the Hidden Gems of Surat Thani

Updated: Jun 19

Nestled in the heart of Southern Thailand, Surat Thani is a place where adventure and serenity intertwine, creating an idyllic backdrop for both exploration and relaxation. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors, Surat Thani offers a treasure trove of natural and cultural wonders that beckon the curious traveler.

The Famous Surat Thani Bridge at night as seen from our Long Tail cruise crossing the city

As you step into Surat Thani, you are greeted by an atmosphere of laid-back charm and unpretentious beauty. This province is a gateway to some of Thailand's most pristine islands and lush rainforests, making it a perfect starting point for a myriad of unforgettable experiences.

A Gateway to Natural Wonders

Surat Thani, often referred to as the 'City of Good People,' is more than just a transit point. It is a place where the true spirit of Thailand's natural beauty and hospitality comes alive. Begin your journey with a visit to the Tapee River 230 kilometers (about 143 miles) long, where the gentle flow of water sets a calming tone for your adventures. The river, which winds through the province, offers serene boat rides that reveal the lush landscapes and vibrant wildlife of the region.

The Magic South experience starts with an evening long tail cruise along the Tapee River whereby its highlight is where we gather at the river bank along the Sonneratia caseolaris tree, commonly known as the mangrove apple or perepat. These trees are often found in mangrove forests and along riverbanks in tropical and subtropical regions. They provide an ideal habitat for fireflies, which are attracted to these areas due to the abundance of moisture and the presence of organic matter that supports their larvae. The sight of fireflies lighting up the mangrove trees along the Tapee River is a popular and enchanting attraction in Surat Thani.

Fire-Flies mating night show live across the banks of Tapee River, Surat Thani

Khao Sok National Park – Nature's Masterpiece

A short drive from the city, Khao Sok National Park awaits with its awe-inspiring landscapes. Home to one of the world's oldest rainforests, Khao Sok is a haven for nature lovers. The park's dense jungle, towering limestone cliffs, and sparkling turquoise lakes create a scene straight out of a dream.

Take a trek through the jungle and let the symphony of nature surround you. The air is thick with the scent of wildflowers, and the sounds of exotic birds and hidden waterfalls echo through the trees. For the adventurous, a guided night safari offers a glimpse into the nocturnal life of the forest, where creatures of the night come alive under the cover of darkness.

A video I've taken with my drone displaying this miraculous piece of heaven

Cheow Lan Lake – A Slice of Paradise

Within Khao Sok lies Cheow Lan Lake, a 185-square-kilometers (or 71 mi-square) man-made marvel that exudes natural beauty. This largest sweet water lake was comission by King Rama IXemerald-green waters of the lake are dotted with floating bungalows, offering a unique and tranquil stay amidst nature. Paddle through the calm waters on a kayak or take a long-tail boat tour to explore the lake's hidden coves and caves. Each moment here is a testament to the serene beauty that Surat Thani has to offer. In teh Magic South Experience Day-2 we will visit this reservoir and have lunch in one of Thailands most beautiful view points watching over the Rajjaprabha Dem.

Cheow Lan Lake. Apart from the warm weather it feels like in Switzerland :-)

A Taste of Local Life

Surat Thani is not just about nature; it is also a place to immerse yourself in the local culture. Visit the bustling night market in the city center, where the aroma of Thai street food fills the air. Sample local delicacies, from savory satay skewers to sweet mango sticky rice, and experience the vibrant atmosphere that defines Thai markets.

The local temples, such as Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya, offer a glimpse into the spiritual side of Surat Thani. These ancient structures, adorned with intricate carvings and serene Buddha statues, provide a peaceful retreat for reflection and appreciation of Thai heritage.

The "Hanging Temple Garden" and teh "Jungle Buddha" as seen in our 2nd. day of the Magic South Experience

Unwind on the Islands

Surat Thani is the gateway to some of Thailand's most beautiful islands. Hop on a ferry from Donsak to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, or Koh Tao, where pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life await. Each island has its unique charm: from the bustling nightlife and luxury resorts of Koh Samui to the tranquil yoga retreats and full moon parties of Koh Phangan, and the world-class diving sites of Koh Tao.

Koh Nang yuan Bay in Koh Tao Island, Surat Thani

Embrace the Adventure

For those seeking a bit more adrenaline, Surat Thani does not disappoint. Try your hand at rock climbing on the limestone cliffs, embark on a jungle trekking adventure, or go river rafting or rubber tube emerald lake swimming for an exhilarating experience. The province offers numerous outdoor activities that cater to thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. On our 2nd. day of the tour we will visit the Emerald Lake for a Rubber Tube swim in the heart of the jungle.

The amazing 'Emerald Lake' Rubber Tube swim in the heart of the Surat Thani Jungles

A Call to Eco-Tourism

At Magic South, we believe in sustainable travel that benefits both the environment and local communities. Our tours are designed to showcase the natural beauty of Surat Thani while promoting conservation and responsible tourism practices. By choosing to travel with us, you are supporting local initiatives and helping to preserve the stunning landscapes for future generations.

Ally enjoying a walk in one of our plant's most ancient rain forests in Surat Thani

Join Us on This Journey - Book The Magic South Experience Today!

Surat Thani is a hidden gem that promises unforgettable experiences. Whether you are drawn by the allure of its natural wonders, the rich cultural heritage, or the thrill of adventure, this province has something for everyone. Come and discover the magic of Surat Thani with us, and let this enchanting corner of Southern Thailand leave you breathless and inspired.

Embark on an adventure that goes beyond the ordinary. Explore, connect, and contribute to the preservation of Surat Thani's beauty. Book your trip with Magic South today and be part of a journey that celebrates the best of nature and humanity.

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