Surat Thani

Surat Thani is southern Thailandís largest province, covers some 12,800 square kilometers, and has an extensive coastline lapped by Thai Gulf waters. The provincial capital is 685 kilometers south of Bangkok

Surat Thani boasts some of Thailandís loveliest islands, namely the Penang-sized Ko Samui, Thailandís third largest island, palm-fringed jewel of a sparkling archipelago that includes the stunning 250 square kilometers Angthong (Golden Bowl) Marine National Park.

Surat Thani once formed part, and may have been the center, of the Mahayana Buddhist Srivichaya Empire which, steeped in legend and mystery, dominated the Malay Peninsula and much of Java some 1,500 years ago. Srivichaya was the best described by the itinerant Chinese monk I Ching after a pilgrimage he made to India during the late 600s. Arch-aeological discoveries at Chiya district indicated the former empireís splendour.

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