Oyster Farms Surat Thani is famous for oyster cultivation and the sizes of the oysters
farmed here are substantially larger than those found elsewhere. Several medium to
small-sized farms are located around the estuarine areas of the Kradae Canal and
the Thong River. These farms can be reached by boat from the Tha Thong Quay side
within 30 minutes.
Folklore Museum Located about 300 meters from Chaiya City, at the intersection of
Highway No. 41 and the side road of Wat Kaew (or Wat Long), the museum features numerous
interesting historical objects. They include Bone China, pottery, shadow puppets,
old instruments and a ceramic opium pillow. Admission fee is by donation. The Museum
is open daily from 8.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m.
Si Surat Stupa Pra tad sri surat appoint on Khao Tha Phet is a hill near the town
of Surat Thani. The hill has an altitude of about 210m (689 ft) above sea level and
offers a good view over the town Surat Thani. On top of the hill is the Si Surat
Stupa - also known by its common name Phra That Khao Tha Phet , which was built
in Srivijavan style in 1957. The Stupa contains a Buddha relic donated by India.
Next to the Stupa is a Sweet Shorea tree ( Shorea roxburghii ) planted by King Bhumibol
Adulyadej. six kilometres south of the provincial capital along Highway 4009 (Surat
Thani - Na San) and 1.5 kilometres along the access road, this centre is located
on a hill called Khao Tha Phet and covers an area of 4.65 square kilometres. The
designated trail allows visitors to see some rarely-seen trees and to take a close
look at the levels of soil, sandstone, and dry evergreen forest. The hilltop, some
200 metres above sea level, offers commanding panoramic views of Surat Thani town
and the Tapi River. Phrathat Si Surat, a candle-like Stupa on the hill, was built
in 1957 and contains Lord Buddha’s relics donated by the Indian government.
Nai Bang Area Nai Bang is an alluvial plain around the mouth of the Tapi River which
is crisscrossed with networks of canals. The canals are lined with mangrove forest
alternating with traditional southern-styled houses, behind which are coconut farms
and orchards. The people here still maintain a simple way of life and make their
living on indigenous natural resources, despite the bustling economy in the Ban Don
(town) market just opposite the river. Access to Nai Bang is by the bridge across
the Tapi River or by long-tail boat from Ban Don. The boat can carry 6 – 8 people
and charges 250 Baht per hour. Visitors may contact the travel agents in Surat Thani
which sell a one-day package tour to the Nai Bang area.
Wildlife and Nature Education Centre Khao Tha Phet Wildlife and Nature Education
Centre This is some 6 km's. from town along the Surat Thani- Na San route (Route
No. 4009). It covers an area of 1,162 acres. and houses several caged wild animals
near the Centre. On Khao Tha Phet, Tha Phet, at 210 metres above sea level, stands
a Stupa named Phra That Si Surat which houses Buddha relics donated by the Indian
Government some 40 years ago. The hilltop offers a panoramic view of Surat Thani
Town and the Tapi River.