Suratthani Journals

Haunting Hues

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A travel journal to Suratthani by SeenThat

Thailands Gulf Islets Photo, Thailand, Asia More Photos
Quote: The City of the Good People: on islands, night markets, riverside promenades and a classy grayish patina giving that special moldy look.

Gulf of Thailand

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Attraction | "Haunting Hues"

Trees Bridge Photo, Koh Samui, Thailand
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Many travelers choose to spend their vacations in the Gulf of Thailand’s islands despite the existence of countless islands all over the world. The attractiveness of the Thai culture could be a good explanation for that – I commented about it in many journals – but that’s not enough. The same culture exists on all the mainland cities and also on the northern mountain resorts. What’s the gulf’s secret?Haunting HuesSome airlines cross the Gulf of Thailand before landing in Bangkok. From the air the gulf does not look special; the pagodas scattere...Read More

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Shining Victory

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Attraction | "On Surat Thani and a Forgotten Kingdom"

Surat Thani Photo, Suratthani, Thailand
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In the early 21st century, Surat Thani is a quiet place; most travelers consider it just an essential stop in the way to Koh Samui. Yet, few cities in Thailand have a richer or more varied story. Knowing at least its headlines is essential for enjoying the sights.In the very far past, the Tapi River Basin – where Surat is located - was home to Semang and Malayan tribes; Indian migrants enriched these communities and spread out Buddhism. Everything was peaceful, until the days of the Shining Victory arrived in the 3rd century.The Srivijaya KingdomIn t...Read More

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Surat Thani

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Attraction | "The City of the Good People"

Surat Thani Photo, Suratthani, Thailand
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Almost 700 kilometers south of Bangkok, Surat Thani is the largest province in southern Thailand. Moreover, it is the most important one for the travelers attempting to reach the Gulf of Thailand islands. Under such circumstances, most travelers would be relieved to find the city name means "City of the Good People." "Thani" is one of the words meaning "city" in Thai; Ubon Ratchathani and ...Read More

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Near Surat

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Attraction | "On Classy Grayish Patina and That Special Moldy Look"

Trees Bridge Photo, Koh Samui, Thailand
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Wat Phra BorommathatWat Phra Borommathat is one of the 23 first class temples in Thailand (above them is only one of special class - Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok’s Grand Palace). The temple is 54 kilometers north of downtown, in Chaiya. This town was a provincial capital of the Srivijaya Kingdom (see details in the "Shining Victory" entry of this journal) and thus earned the construction of a special temple some 1200 years ago. Surat Thani’s provincial seal and flag display this temple.The temple’s cheddi houses Buddha relics and has been carefully restored, as mu...Read More

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Traveling in Surat Thani

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Attraction | "A Passing-Through Kind of Town"

Thailand's Gulf Islets Photo, Thailand, Asia
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Enjoying a key location in southern Thailand, Surat Thani is an essential stop for those attempting to reach the islands – Koh Samui among them - within the Gulf of Thailand overland. As a result, an ugly scene taking advantage of the passing tourists have developed here; it is not a reason for avoiding it, but an eye should be kept open and buying any kind of tourism packages in town is definitely not recommended.That’s not all. Surat Thani provides access to Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi, Phang-Nga and ...Read More

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