Category: Southern Thailand

Surat Thani: theater, dance and good people

When King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) decided to baptize Surat Thani as the city “City of Good People”, back in 1915, he must have known Thepsin Pongkaew’s ancestors. Thepsin works for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and also helps the local radio and television stations, plus he manages a school where 40 young people learn about […]



What to do in Surat Thani. The fireflies show on Tapi River.

If Christmas were to be celebrated in Surat Thani, then its fellow residents wouldn’t have to spend a thin dime on Christmas trees and lights as they already have it all natural, all ready-made, all for free. Mr. Panu is the king of all boatmen working on Tapi River. I wasn’t thrilled at first when he […]



Monkey School in Surat Thani, Thailand

Before anything else, you would have to buy a baby macaque. This will cost you something between 1,000 and 10,000 baht. Once you have your own little monkey, you take it to Kadaejae Monkey Training School, where Khun Luesak Papthanawat will teach it various things such as recognizing a ripe coconut, taking it down from […]



Surat Thani. The city hidden from the blind men’s eyes.

If I were to write a list of the most unjustly judged destinations, Surat Thani would make it to top ten. Lonely Planet considers the city solely as a transit point for the better promoted Koh Samui or Koh Phangan. In other words, a large bus station. Nothing to see. Wikipedia, in turn, reports it is “a town […]



Aroy mac-mac!

Aroy means tasty in Thai language, whereas mac-mac is the translation for very. This little I learned during my first five months in Thailand. Being hungry as a horse, I stopped at a small family-owned restaurant. An eatery, as they call it, with cheap decent food. – What is this? – Pork. – And this? – […]