Surat Thani: Location and Geography

Known in Thai as “City of Good People”, Surat Thani was once the seat of the ancient Srivijaya empire. Surat Thani lies 651 km south of Bangkok and is located near the mouth of the Tapi River on the Gulf of Thailand. Today, this typical Thai town is a busy transport hub moving cargo and people around the country. Travelers rarely linger here as they make their way to the popular islands of Ko Samui, Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao, but it’s a great stop if you enjoy real Thai working cities, good southern street food and nosing around colorful Chinese temples and shopfronts.

 

What to Do in Surat Thani

  • Pra Cha Rat Floating Market
  • Wat Sai Museum
  • Ko Lamphu Public Park
  • Wat Tridhammaram
  • Statue of Guanyin (Kwan Im)

Surat Thani is also known as “the province of a thousand islands” many of which lay off the coast in the Gulf of Thailand, including the archipelago that contains Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and the Mu Koh Ang Thong Marine national park.

 

Key highlights:

  • Koh Pha-Ngan
  • Koh Samui
  • Khao Tha Phet Wildlife and Nature Education Station
  • Mu Koh Ang Thong Marine National Park
  • Klong Roi Sai

 

Airport

Surat Thani Airport (URT) is located 20 km west of the town centre. Thai Airways, Thai Air Asia and Nok Air operate daily direct flights from Don Mueang International and Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Air Asia also operate direct flight from to and from Kuala Lumpur. Numerous transport options are available from the airport to anywhere in the province. It should be noted, however, that unauthorized taxis and public transportation are not allowed within the airport grounds. This limit arriving passengers to renting cars, pre-arranging a pickup, or using an authorized airport transport service.

 

Airport Location

Drive Partner location in Surat Thani operated by “Runway Car Rental” is located 2 km from airport facility, however we offer pick up and return service at the airport. Our partner offers competitive rates and a variety of vehicles to choose from. Guests to Surat Thani can reserve their car ahead of time or visit our counter upon arrival. Take advantage of our stellar customer service and high quality vehicles. Reserve through Drive Car Rental Thailand website and received special promotions throughout the year.

 

Vehicle Collection/Return Instructions

To collect your vehicle, please proceed to the exit. Here our friendly staff will complete your rental agreement and vehicle pick up process.

To return your vehicle,  please contact our counter before arriving and drop off the vehicle in the temporary parking area in front of departure hall. Our friendly staff will be waiting to complete the check-in process.

 

After-Hours Return:

A Drop box is available at Drive Car Rental counters.

Learn more about our car rental options or book your vehicle from Drive Car Rental Surat Thani Airport today.