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The two most important Buddhist monasteries in the province are both located in Chaiya district. Phra Boromathat Chaiya is highlighted by the Chedi in Srivijaya style, dating back from the 7th century but elaborately restored. Buddha relics are enshrined in the Chedi, in the surrounding chapels are several Buddha statues in Srivijaya style. Adjoining the temple is the Chaiya national museum.

Also nearby is Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram, a forest monastery founded by the famous monk Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.

Festivals

Chak Phra Festival  When Buddha return to earth from heaven and was greeted by crowd.Chak Phra annually take place immediately after the end of three month rain retreat about October.It is celebrate in many south but in Surat Thani is the biggest.It is Chak Phra Festivals on land and on the Tapi River. Before Chak Phra Day, on the night there are build the screen of Buddha's story around the city and celebrate its all day all night. On land, the splendidly adorned floats are pulled across the town by the participants. At the same time, on water a float decorated in colourful Thai design of a float made to carry the Buddha image.Chak Phra Festivals then ends with and exciting boat race and traditional game.

 

Rambutan and Thai Fruits Festivals The rambutan trees were first planted in Surat Thani in 1926 by the Chinese Malay Mr. K. Vong in Ban Na San. An annual rambutan fair is held in beginning of August. Surat Thani's Rambutan is the best in Thailand.

 

Boon Sad Dean Sib Festival (Southern Traditional) It is held on the full moon of the 10th month in traditional calendar (about August). Many people will go to the temple and remember for the ancestor. Friend and relations will come back home and go to temple altogether. Traditional people can made sweetmeat for this festival.

 

Surat Thani Songkran festival, Thai New Year (water festival) at Surat Thani is celebrated every year on 13 April at Bandon bay street and around the town and Koh Samui is celebrated on 13-15 April at Chaweng beach lamai beach and around the island street.

 

Surat Thani Loy Krathong Festival on the Tapi River.It is held on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November. During the night of the full moon, many people will release a raft like model  on a river.

 

Bull Fighting This ancient popular sport on Koh Samui was once held on large undecorated terrain in coconut fields or farms. Now, permanent stadiums in various districts take turns hosting the monthly bull fighting.

 

Surat Thani Province, Festivals held here

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