How to Spend 2 Days in Surat Thani
Two days in Surat Thani are enough time to take in the highlights of this port town and explore nearby Khao Sok National Park. From temple tours and rain forest hikes, to a scenic sunset cruise, here’s how to spend 48 hours in Surat Thani.
Day 1: Temples and beaches
**Morning:**A sightseeing tour of Surat Thani whisks you around to the most beautiful temples. Visit the riverside Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine, admire the white and gold facade of Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya, and learn about Thailand’s Buddhist heritage at the Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram forest monastery.
**Afternoon:**Just south of Surat Thani, you’ll find some of the best beaches on the mainland at the seaside resort of Khanom, with far fewer crowds than on nearby islands. Spend the afternoon lounging on the golden sand, dive in to swim or snorkel in the Gulf of Thailand, or visit natural attractions such as Khao Wang Thong Cave and Samet Chun Waterfall.
**Night:**Set sail along the coast for a romantic cruise on a traditional wooden junk boat. While onboard, tuck into a seafood dinner, watch the sun set over the ocean, and perhaps even spot some Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. Some cruises include stops to swim or snorkel.
Day 2: Khao Sok National Park
**Morning:**Home to some of Thailand’s oldest rain forest, Khao Sok National Park brims with wildlife. Although it’s just over an hour from Surat Thani, the park is tricky to reach without your own transport, so consider joining a full-day tour. Start with a longboat cruise or kayaking excursion around Cheow Lan Dam—the man-made lake, surrounded by lush jungle and looming karst cliffs, is a lovely sight.
**Afternoon:**Take a hike, ideally with a guide, to maximize your chances of spotting elusive flora and fauna. Clouded leopards, elephants, langurs, and tapir are all possible sightings, as well as gigantic Rafflesia flowers (depending on the season). Alternatively, head to the Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary to look for gibbons, hornbills, and other animals.
**Night:**At sunset, Surat Thani’s night market fills up with both locals and travelers, and it’s an atmospheric place to spend the evening. Browse the stalls for traditional handicrafts (including silk goods from nearby Phum Riang), and feast on street food specialties such as fresh oysters and salted duck eggs.