|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 11% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||July||Best time to find cheap flights, 12% potential price drop|
|Average price||R13 370||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||R61 104||From Johannesburg to Surat Thani|
The cheapest time to visit Surat Thani is during the rainy season which generally begins towards the end of July and ends in the middle of October. This is known in Thailand as the low season when accommodation is much more affordable, deals on cheap flights are available and there are less tourists around. For uninterrupted sunshine, clear blue skies and calm seas, the best time to visit Thailand is from November through to April. Two of the country’s main festivals take place during this time, Loy Krathong and Songkran both of which are not to be missed.
If you’re searching for an exciting travel destination, look no further than Surat Thani in Thailand. This historical Thai province is located around 425 miles (684 km) South of Bangkok and is accessible by plane, car or train. The name Surat Thani literally translates in Thai as the City of Good People which is certainly reflected in the warm welcome to all visitors. Surat Thani is ideally placed for holidaymakers to explore the magnificent Gulf of Thailand to the North and East. There are plenty of sandy beaches to relax on while enjoying water activities like kayaking, jet skiing or paragliding. Surat Thani also has fantastic temples and remains of the Srivijaya Empire that can also be found in surrounding provinces such as Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi including Ranong. Spend a day in Ang Thong Marine National Park. It’s the perfect place for trekking, walking, mountain climbing or scuba diving in the crystal clear waters off the Gulf of Thailand. Colourful coral reefs are home to many different kinds of marine life such as Clown Trigger fish, Batfish, Hawksbill Turtles, Sea Snakes and Whale Sharks. Don’t forget your underwater camera so you can take snapshots of exotic marine life in their natural habitat. Many travellers choose Surat Thani as their base to go island hopping. Just off the coast lie the stunning islands of Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao.
There are numerous local transport options to get you around the city whether on a business trip or holiday. For longer journeys cost-effective yellow hire taxis or taxi meters as they are known locally, are recommended. Songthaew and tuk tuks are perfect for short road trips but remember to barter for the best price.
Surat Thani Airport is just over 13 miles (21 km) west of the city. It’s a small airport catering for domestic flights from Bangkok which is only around a one hour flight time. Outside the main terminal building you can find a good choice of transport options to take you into the city. Book a hire car, minibus, songthaew, taxi or tuk tuk. Do remember when travelling to and from the airport in a taxi, songthaew or tuk tuk to agree a price upfront or you could end up paying more than you should.