Soi Talad Mai 8, Tambon Talat, Amphoe Mueang Surat Thani, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84000, Thailand
Many visitors to Suratthani Town stay only long enough to board ferries, trains or buses to more well-known holiday destinations like Phuket, Phang Nga, or any of the countless islands off southern Thailand's central Gulf coast. Thailand's eighth biggest city and provincial capital of Suratthani, however, has its own hidden delights.
Suratthani contains three significant bus stations. One is situated about five kilometres outside the city centre near the intersection of four major roads. One bus arriving from the right transports passengers to the rail station, while another bus arriving from the left goes to the city centre.
The other two bus stations, Downtown Transportation Hub Talad Kaset 1 and Downtown Transportation Hub Talad Kaset 2, are situated opposite each other in the city centre. Air-conditioned blue buses depart Downtown Transportation Hub Talad Kaset 1 for Nakhon Si Thammarat once per hour.
Downtown Transportation Hub Talad Kaset 2 is where passengers board buses and mini-buses bound for Krabi, Hat Yai, Phang Nga, and Phuket. Purchasing tickets from the bus agent or aboard the buses themselves is the easiest way to avoid the many scams associated with travel agents.
Another popular scam is perpetrated by people who ask foreign bus passengers where they are going, then insist they leave the bus and take another means of transportation to the islands. These passengers are then deposited at a Suratthani travel agents office who will charge them an inflated price for transport to Koh Samui.
Bus connections are also available to the Suratthani airport and rail station, both of which are actually located west of the city in a district called Phun Phin. Fast ferries take approximately two and a half hours to travel between Suratthani and the central Gulf coast islands, while slow ferries require nine hours to make the journey.
Departures - 11:18
|Surat Thani Town||Phuket Bus Terminal 2||11:30||16:00|
|Surat Thani Town||Phuket Bus Terminal 2||13:30||18:00|
|Surat Thani Town||Phuket Bus Terminal 2||15:30||20:00|
|Surat Thani Town||Krabi Van Terminal||15:30||18:30|
|Surat Thani Town||Krabi Van Terminal||12:30||15:30|