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.
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 FightingThis 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.