Travelling across Thailand can be a treat! The lush landscape and fine trains will make your journey worthwhile. Experience the beauty of Thailand and its incredible wildlife, from tigers to elephants!
Get to Hua Lampong
If travelling from Bangkok, go to Hua Lampong first to catch your train. You can get to Hua Lampong via different bus lines. If not, hop into a taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport to get where you need to go.
Find your train
Although Thailand has an extensive public train system, chances are that you won’t be able to find a direct train from Bangkok to Khao Sok! Plan to get off at the nearest station in the town of Phun Phin next to Surat Thani, 100 km from Khao Sok.
Boarding the train
Plan to reach Hua Lampong at least 30 minutes ahead of your departure time. Know that for some compartments, you will have to buy tickets in advance at the station or a travel agent. However, if you arrive early, you might be able to get a second-class seat.
Train times and Arriving
You can find the allotted train times at Hua Lampong. If not, book ahead via a travel agency in Bangkok. Once in Surat Thani station, find a travel operator to arrange your transport to Khao Sok. A minivan or a car is an option to consider. You can also find luxury villas in Koh Samui like those at the Santiburi Koh Samui, when looking for a place to stay.
Koh Samui, a tropical paradise in Thailand, is renowned for its palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life. Beyond its stunning shoreline, the island offers a plethora of thrilling water sports and activities that cater to all adventure enthusiasts. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced water sports enthusiast, Koh Samui has something to offer everyone.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Explore the underwater wonders of Koh Samui by embarking on scuba diving or snorkelling adventures. Dive into a vibrant underwater realm teeming with colourful coral reefs, exotic fish species, and other marine creatures. Popular dive sites include Sail Rock, Koh Tao, and Ang Thong Marine Park. If you’re new to diving, numerous dive centres on the island offer courses for beginners, while snorkelling trips provide a more accessible option to witness the marine beauty at shallower depths. If you’re staying at a place like Santiburi Koh Samui you’re most likely to find many fun activities like this to keep your days occupied.
Experience an unparalleled surge of adrenaline as you ride the waves on a jet ski, immersing yourself in the exhilarating thrill. Koh Samui’s pristine beaches present abundant possibilities for jet skiing, enabling you to swiftly traverse the mesmerizing turquoise waters and leisurely discover the captivating coastline. Regardless of your skill level, whether a beginner or a seasoned rider, jet skiing guarantees a breathtaking escapade and an opportunity to relish the island’s breathtaking vistas from an extraordinary vantage point. Your beach villa at Koh Samui will most likely offer a myriad of water-based activities such as this, so make sure you inquire with the hotel staff about how you can partake in such activities.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Embrace tranquillity while engaging in a popular water sport – stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Cruise along the calm waters of Koh Samui’s bays, taking in the breathtaking scenery as you glide across the surface. SUP is not only a fun and rewarding activity but also a fantastic way to improve your balance and core strength. Rent a paddleboard from the beach and set off on a peaceful adventure, exploring hidden coves and enjoying the serenity of the island.
Discover the hidden corners of Koh Samui’s coastline by kayaking through its pristine waters. Rent a kayak and set off on a self-guided exploration or join a guided tour to uncover the island’s natural beauty. Paddle through mangrove forests, explore secluded beaches, and navigate around rocky cliffs. Kayaking allows you to get up close to nature, providing opportunities to spot local wildlife and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings.
Get a bird’s-eye view of Koh Samui as you soar through the sky during a thrilling parasailing experience. Attached to a parachute, you’ll be lifted high above the water, taking in panoramic vistas of the island’s stunning coastline. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you glide through the air, enjoying an unforgettable perspective of Koh Samui’s natural beauty.
You will find that Surat Thani would be a delightful locality for nature lovers and sightseers, offering much that would draw the interest of discerning visitors.
Ang Thong National Marine Park
Nature lovers would be enthralled at the Ang Thong National Marine Park which would be an appealing natural sanctuary to explore. Here, you will encounter enchanting karst landscapes and limestone islands as well as picturesque cliffs and unusual formations of rock. There would also be beaches, lagoons and caves to explore. An accommodation choice to consider from which you could head on excursions to this marine park would be Santiburi Koh Samui which offers an ideal base to enjoy many captivating things to do in Koh Samui.
Cheow Lan Dam
The Cheow Lan Dam with its artificial lake would be a marvellous attraction for those who appreciate interesting kinds of flora and fauna. At this locality, within the Khao Sok National Park, you may have the opportunity to spot wildlife like elephants and monkeys in addition to many kinds of birds. It’s also a great place to get away from it all and enjoy nature’s tranquillity.
Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine
If you appreciate enthralling religious attractions, you should undoubtedly take the opportunity to visit Surat Thani’s City Pillar Shrine. This intriguing shrine is believed to house the ancestor spirits of the city and accordingly, many devotees arrive here to offer prayers. This shrine presents an appealing sight when illuminated at night.
The night market
Visiting the Surat Thani Night Market is sure to be a captivating experience for the visitor. Here, you will find plenty of interesting merchandise such as clothing, footwear, souvenirs, handicrafts and other locally made products. There is also find an array of food stalls offering Thai dishes, snacks and locally produced sweets.