Surat Thani is a middle sized town in Thailand approximately 400 miles south of Bangkok. Although once a popular regional city during the 9th and 10th centuries, Surat Thani today is of considerable less importance are rarely visited by foreigners. The majorities of foreigners who do come to Surat Thani are usually on their way to the popular tourist island of Koh Samui and are simply in Surat Thani because this is the closest point on mainland Thailand to the Islands. Nevertheless there are a few noteworthy attractions that may persuade some foreign tourists to place Surat Thani on their itinerary of places in Thiland to visit.
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Monkey training College in Surat Thani
Surat Thani is mainly an agricultural town producing various types of
fruit and oysters. Monkeys have traditionally been used in Surat Thani
and the surrounding agricultural regions of south Thailand to help in
the harvest of coconuts. Because the coconut trees in the South of
Thailand are usually high monkeys are used to climb up them, break of
the coconuts from the trees and throw them into a basket on the ground.
As if this weren’t clever enough, the monkeys at the training college
are also taught to distinguish between ripe coconuts and those that are
rotten. The Monkey Training College in Surat Thani is open daily from
9am until 6pm and there are several shows throughout the day which cost
300 Baht to watch.
Visiting Suan Mokkhabalarama near Surat Thani
Suan Mokkha is a famous Buddhist meditation retreat located a short
way outside of Surat Thani. This meditation retreat is among the best to
attend in all of Thailand if you’re a foreigner because the monks there
are able to instruct and guide in fluent English. Founded in 1932 by
the famous Buddhist monk Ajarn Buddhadasa, this meditative retreat
offers 10 day courses in meditation amidst idyllic and peaceful forested
surroundings. If 10 days sounds a bit too much for you, visitors are
also welcome on day trips to wander quietly around the jungle paths
surrounding the retreat.
Visiting Khao Sak National Park from Surat Thani
Khao Sak National Park is one of the best and largest in Thailand and
is most easily accessible from either Surat Thani or Phuket. If you’re
visiting the national park from Surat Thani it’s simple a matter of
driving along the main highway for a couple of hours before reaching the
park headquarters. Aside from the fantastic jungle landscape this is
one of the best places to spot rare wild animals as well as do some bird