Surat Thani is a busy commercial centre and port dealing in coconut and rubber, and is located 670km from Bangkok. The town has little of historical interest to see, but has character, and the true look and feel of Southern Thailand.
For most people Surat Thani will be a stopping off point before boarding the ferry to Koh Samui, or travelling further south.
Air conditioned buses leave from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal every morning and evening for the 11 hour journey to Surat Thani. Several private companies run tour buses from Bangkok to Surat then on to Koh Samui.
Trains depart from Hua Lampong Station in Bangkok several times per day and take about 12 to 13 hours to reach Phun Pin Station, which is 14km from Surat Thani. There will be plenty of songthaews waiting to take passengers into Surat.
Thai International operate flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani.
Samlors and songthaews are the best means of getting around the town. Should you wish to explore the surrounding area ask your hotel if they can arrange a car and driver for the day.